Alphabet Noir

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A

A is for Absurdist

The Absurdist movement was a literary and artistic movement meant to point out the meaninglessness and absurdity of the human condition.

B

B is for Billy Wilder

Famous for films like Some Like It Hot, Billy Wilder's career spanned over five decades.

C

C is for Chick Flick

The chick flick was a staple during the golden age of cinema.

D

D is for Dracula

Dracula is played by Bela Lugosi, and this movie is straight up anti-semitic.

E

E is for Existentialism

Existentialism is a philosophical movement that inspired Absurdism and believes that a person is their own free agent.

F

F is for Femme Fatale

Inspired by The Maltese Falcon, femme fatales created empowering roles for women on screen.

G

G is for Genre

There were several genres within film noir, but most of the films during this time involved detectives and crime.

H

H is for Humphrey Bogart

Bogart was an iconic actor during the golden age of Hollywood, and he was the lead in The Maltese Falcon.

I

I is for Invisible Man

Invisible Man is a 1933 film about a scientist that makes himself invisible and goes on a violent rampage.

J

J is for James Whale

Whale is another iconic director during the film noir age, and he is responsible for directing Invisible Man.

K

K is for Kiss of Death (1947)

Kiss of Death is a 1947 film about a couple trying to track down and stop a killer.

L

L is for Lubitsch

Lubitsch was another iconic director during the film noir era, and is responsible for To Be or Not to Be.

M

M is for Matinee

I just miss going to the movies.

N

N is for Noir

Noir is french for "black". Film noir emphasized shadows and crime dramas.

O

O is for Overexposure

A lot of film noir films stylistically overexpose scenes to contrast darker scenes.

P

P is for Postmodern

Postmodernism was a literary and artistic movement that emphasized fragmented narratives.

Q

Q is for Questioning

In a post-WWI world, people began to question and represent their shock and disillusionment through literature, film, and art.

R

R is for Romance

In almost every film noir film there is an undercurrent of romance and eroticism.

S

S is for Sci-Fi

Another popular genre during this period was sci-fi.

T

T is for Theremin

The theremin was an instrument used in sci-fi films during this period.

U

R is for RKO

Just like Warner Bros. and Universal, RKO was a large studio.

V

V is for Voiceover

Melancholic voiceovers allowed the viewer to step into the mind of the protagonist. This was a new feature compared to the previous omniscient narrators.

W

W is for Whodunit

A whodunit mystery was popular in crime dramas during the film noir period.

X

X is for Doctor X

Doctor X is a film about a reporter in search of a cannibalistic serial killer.

Y

Y is for You Only Live Once (1937)

This film is about a secretary of a public defender who falls madly in love with a criminal.

Z

Z is for Zinnemann

Zinnemann is another iconic film director, and he is responsible for High Noon.

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