Sunday, August 2

Infographic explains “film noir” and finds the most noir film of them all

"The term 'film noir' is thrown around a lot to describe a great many films. Neo-noirs, film soleil, and other such spin-offs and mutations are also used to describe recent endeavors in everything from a Coen Brothers film to the latest season of True Detective. But just what is film noir? ... Film noir came out of the post-World War2 Hollywood but wasn’t named as such until a bunch of high-falutin’ French critics noticed a pattern in all these hard-boiled tales of deceit, betrayal, and morally vague characters. Many of them were based either directly or indirectly on lurid pulp tales of the time by the likes of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. But what are the cinematic ingredients that make up a film noir? And what is the most noir film out there by those criteria?"
AV Club

2009 January: Film noir, 2014 February: Crime Jazz: How Miles Davis, Count Basie & Other Jazz Legends Provided the Soundtrack for Noir Films & TV, 2014 June: The 5 Essential Rules of Film Noir.