Figure 1 Ilham talking to Deng before Deng strikes him with a knife Film Noir which means black films in French, was actually coined by a French film critics, Nino Frank in 1946, who began to notice that darkness, downbeat, mysterious and black themes could create a different and unique visual style in American films which were released in France following the World War 11. This style has been used in films to reflect the tensions and depression of the time during the war. Characters in the films during that time would show feelings and emotions such as fear, despair, grieve and paranoia to reflect that terrible War feeling. However, film noir began and was only popular in America and in Europe, the style and characteristic of noir would have been just in the western context. Would it be possible if it could be used in Asian films?
Film Noir, a term coined by the French to describe a style of film characterized by dark themes, storylines, and visuals, has been influencing cinematic industries since the 1940’s. With roots in German expressionistic films and Italian postwar documentaries, film noir has made its way into American film as well, particularly identified in mob and crime pictures. However, such settings are not exclusive to American film noir. One noteworthy example is Billy Wilder’s film Sunset Boulevard, which follows the foreboding tale of Joe Gillis, the desperate-for-success protagonist, who finds himself in the fatal grips of the disillusioned femme fatale Norma Desmond. Not only does the storyline’s heavy subject matter and typical character structure suggest the film noir style, but also Wilder’s techniques of photography and empty, worn-down settings make for a perfect backdrop for this dark approach at filmmaking.
Although The Big Sleep has some elements of film noir, it does not function as a representative film in the genre because it lacks the essential principles that embody black films. corrupt Despite film noir being a term to describe American crime dramas, Germany had a great influence in dark cinema. It was at the end of WWI when ... ... middle of paper ... ... of The Big Sleep is not a film noir; instead the book by Raymond Chandler embodies the genre noir. The readers are always kept thinking, unexplainable things keep occurring, but they all have darkness and murder in common. Evil gets away with their crimes and even so attraction exists between two characters their can never be such bond.
In Blade Runner the main characters were Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty and Sean Young as Rachael. Film noir comes from the French term, ‘A Black Film’ or a ‘Dark Film’. It was noticed in America during the forties and fifties by a French film critic who saw how quite a lot of films made had dark looks and themes. These appeared to be mainly in American Crime and Detective films released during World War 2. Typical features of film noir include feelings of fatalistic pessimism, incidents of treachery, and a sense of a corrupt and violent society threatening the hero and other hero – like characters.
With the making of many films and attempts to recreate this hour of darkness, it is important to understand and keep in mind the viewers want. A film that is informative, clear, yet considerate of the era. Schindler’s List was not successful in being a clear representation of the Holocaust as it fell into the typical Hollywood fashion. As a viewer, it is difficult to fall into the emotional side and really connect as the color and lighting were not well sought out and the lack of strong Jewish characters to connect with. Although Spielberg failed as a director, the Holocaust will always touch the hearts of many.
Jeanne Allen, author of the journal "The Representation of Violence to Women: Hitchcock's "Frenzy", explains that, "Hitchcock.... ... middle of paper ... ...ure/Film Quarterly, Vol. 14, No. 1, (1986), pp. 32-43. Lee, Nate.
This is evident when Eddie calls Immigration to 'snitch' on Marco and Rodolfo. It highlights Eddie's desperation and loss of rational thinking as he acts on the contrary of his own strong beliefs, which he outlined at the beginning of the play with the consequences of Vinnie Banzalo's betrayal. The characters are all involved in very tangled relationships. Beatrice is jealous of Eddie's love for Catherine. "When am I gonna be a wife again Eddie?"
It certainly seems essential for the story's make-up to have this witty, sarcastic voice present to describe the sequence of events. Yet, there is a version of Chandler's novel that does not have an audible storyteller, and that version is the 1946 movie directed by Howard Hawks. Hawks' version of The Big Sleep is known to be one of the best examples of the film genre-film noir. "Film noir (literally 'black film,' from French critics who noticed how dark and black the looks and themes were of these films) is a style of American films which evolved in the 1940s." (The Internet Movie Database LTD).
Film Noir is a fairly self-explanatory name. French for “Dark” or “Black Film”, this style (not genre) of film is pretty much summed up in those two words. These films started being made in a 1940’s, Post WWII paranoia, with the threat of nuclear missiles looming over the heads of all United States citizens, Hollywood included. This paranoia led to disillusioned attitudes and existential feelings, which in turn were reflected in Film Noirs through things such as characters, with the two most prominent types being hardened male protagonists and femme fatales. Also, the “Darkness” of Film Noirs was not just a metaphor for the content of the film, but also a fairly literal description of the visual style was like.