Day 15 of Noirvember: Noir Observations

Film noir is not the easiest era of moviemaking to describe or define.

It disdains absolute definitions, flaunts exceptions, and welcomes interpretations.

Interestingly, as difficult as noir is to clarify, one can glean an understanding of the period by examining the titles of the films themselves. A number of words are used repeatedly in film noir titles — examined collectively, they provide a simplistic, yet revealing and accurate reflection of the era’s overall tone: fear, dark, night, kill, city, crime, guilty, strange, lady, kiss, street, and cry.

Another effective indicator of the spirit of film noir comes from those features with one-word titles: Desperate, Cornered, Pitfall, Conflict, Tension, Nightmare, Framed, Possessed, Convicted, and Caught.

Just an observation.

Join me tomorrow for Day 16 of Noirvember!

~ by shadowsandsatin on November 16, 2015.

4 Responses to “Day 15 of Noirvember: Noir Observations”

  1. So true. These words describe Noir perfectly.

  2. Good point. And something of a problem for the neophyte. When I was first getting into noir (ok, even now, sometimes) I found it almost impossible to remember which “Night” or “City” or “Kill” corresponded with which plot and stars.

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