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review by . June 11, 2012
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Ten best neo-noirs: It's a dark world even when it's in color
         Film noir comes from a French phrase meaning "black film." The classics are shrouded in shadow.      In the film noir masterworks of the 1940 and '50s, luminous whites and blacks define a world in which tough people fight for advantage with little or no regard for the well-being of others. The movies are full of crooked cops, corrupt politicians, con artists, brutish thugs, manipulative women and men who let themselves be manipulated, …
review by . June 11, 2012
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Un-American activities: Ten best films noir not from the United States
         Its name comes from the French and it often is called the dark side of the American dream, but film noir is global. Filmmakers from around the world have taken an art form that originated in the United States and made it speak their language. Their works are just as cynical and dark as their American counterparts and the characters they spotlight are just as aggressively selfish, but the accents are different.         10) Carne …
review by . June 11, 2012
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Few innocents in the shadowy worlds of the ten best classic films noir
         We have the French to thank for film noir.      American filmmakers made the pioneering works that explored the shadows in which hardened people ruthlessly exploit others by using their wits, which range from quick to none, and their morality, which ranges from skewed to none. It was French critics who recognized a singular sensibility in movies created by various writers, directors and actors and released by many different studios. They …
review by . November 02, 2010
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The best book to understand the
For most casual film goers the term "film noir" has a mysterious sound to it but they really don't know what it means. The French film critic Nino Frank in 1946 first coined the phrase "film noir" after reviewing the movie the "Maltese Falcon," John Houston 1941. He saw that one of the most important components of "film noir" was characters that are portrayed as self questioning in an intellectual search dominated by Existentialism, (which is a philosophy …
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