Dewey1960 wrote:Okay, how's this:
1. Expressionistic visual design (not mandatory but certainly recommended)
2. Themes involving fatalism, pessimism, nihilism, sexual perversions, non-sexual perversions, crime, punishment, obsessive behavior, fetishism, alcoholism, drug dependency, amnesia, suicide, etc. (some more mandatory than others)
3. Black and White photography (1940 - 1960: practically a given; 1961 - present: strictly optional)
4. Multiple fatalities (optional, but the more the merrier)
5. Femme Fatale-ism (optional but always a delight)
6. An unhappy ending (mandatory)
This is just for starters. I'm sure there are others here who could amplify this with more details. Good luck!
I was just thinking about how Hitchcock's films never get classified as Film Noir(despite some very noirish elements)....
For me the first Noir film is Fritz Lang's M, it's dark, mysterious, and generally unpleasant. It's also very compelling. It has all the elements of Film Noir except for the Femme Fatale, but otherwise looks and feels like Noir.
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