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Film noir

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Author(s): Brook, Vincent
A cycle of crime films in expressionist style, shot in the United States from the 1930s to the 1950s. The large number of Jewish émigrés among the directors of film noir is striking. Their affinity to gloomy, social-critical material goes back to Weimar cinema (Metropolis), and was further intensified by National Socialism and its consequences. With its expressionist aesthetics and high artistic ambition, film noir represented a counterpart to commercial Hollywood productions.Film noir – French for “black film” (in the sense of dark, somber) is derived from the American r oman noi…
Date: 2018-11-16