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Film Noir

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Leonardo Rivas

on 14 June 2016

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Transcript of Film Noir

Film Noir
American Cinema

Technical Characteristics of Film Noir
Low-key lighting
Night scenes
Dutch/canted angles
High Angles
Flashbacks
Diegetic / Non Diegetic sound
Double Entendre
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Plot Characteristics of Film Noir
Somber, downbeat tones
anti-hero
femme-fatale
corruption / scandal
protagonist is usually disillusioned
What is Film Noir?
French for "Black Film"
Developed in the early 1940s
Dark tones, lighting, and subject matter.
Worksheet
Anti-hero
Not your typical hero, but the audience still identifies with him.
Usually confused or conflicted with ambiguous morals, and character defects.
The anti-hero can be tough yet sympathetic, or display vulnerable and weak traits.
Usually lacks courage or grace
Femme Fatale
A French term that literally means "fatal woman”
An irresistibly attractive woman who leads men to destruction.
Low-key lighting / High Contrast
Lighting that creates strong contrast between light and dark areas of the shot, with deep shadows and little fill light
Dutch / Canted angles
A tilted camera angle that shows images obliquely slanted to the frame's vertical axi
Double Entendre
A figure of speech in which a spoken phrase is devised to be understood in either of two ways.

"How fast was I going, officer?"
Diegetic / Non-Diegetic Sound
The “world” of the story and all the elements that belong to it: the sight and sounds of the action (e.g., footsteps, explosions), including off-screen action and objects (e.g., birdsong, church bells). The most common non-diegetic sound is music (which would only be diegetic if the musicians or source of music were part of the action).
Flashbacks
An alteration of story order in which the plot moves back in time to show events that have taken place earlier than the one already shown.
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What is a "Femme Fatale"? What are some characteristics of one? Can you think of a modern example / examples of a Femme Fatale?
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