My Guide to Film Noir



My recent cinema addiction is Film Noir. This French style black and white film style represents ‘Black Film.’ The movie style never leaves you to believing there will be a happy ending.

The point of view of the film and location of the scenes is what is the most intriguing part of this style. It’s very dark, eerie, creepy, filled with shadows, dark alley ways and haunted imagery is what you will see throughout an entire movie done in Film Noir.

Everyone always is dressed to the nines, and the style is always that of the 30’s to 50’s. Suits, fedoras, dresses and gloves, stylistically making a very classic statement.

You will never go through a scene without almost always seeing someone smoking a cigarette. Long drags through dark lipstick or men that brood over an ash tray with a cigarette, someone is always smoking.

Love is a common theme scene throughout these movies, without a positive ending in mind. It is a tortured cinema style, constantly stirring and brooding through mystery and callous acts of life.

Here is a list of Films that you should most definitely see:

1. The Maltese Falcon

2. Double Indemnity

3. Detour

4. Odd Man Out

5. Kiss Me Deadly

Enjoy your eerie cinema!