Film Noir Stylish Hollywood Crime Dramas


film noir
Film Noir (literally ‘black film or cinema’) was coined by French film critics (first by Nino Frank in 1946) who noticed the trend of how ‘dark’, downbeat and black the looks and themes were of many American crime and detective films released in France to theatres following the war, such as The Maltese Falcon (1941), Murder, My Sweet (1944), Double Indemnity (1944), The Woman in the Window (1944), and Laura (1944). A wide range of films reflected the resultant tensions and insecurities of the time period, and counter-balanced the optimism of Hollywood’s musicals and comedies. ……AMC Filmsite

From 1940 to 1960 films that were mostly black and white and covering subjects that are dark and sexual and concerning subjects involving crime and sexuality. Disillusioned male characters embroiled in intrigues. Male characters like Ray Miland, Humphrey Bogart wearing a fedora and involved with a seductive female character, that’s film noir which gained the name after the films were made.
In film noir the villians are truly villainous and usually happy about it. The genre is driven by good writing and plot mysteries. The human encounters are emotionally charged, the women may betry and murder is usually truly a mystery. The plots are driven by the pulp fiction genre which also expressed the anxiety of the early atomic age, the desperation of the times. In the time of Hollywood musicals and comedies, these films expressed the darker side of existence. If there is a dark alley, a mystery lady, a murder, and a guy, captured by intrigue in the middle of a normal life.

 

10. Strangers on a Train 1951….
9. In a Lonely Place 1950….Humprey Bogard
8 Kiss Me Deadly 1955…..Cloris Leachman
7 Notorious….Cary Grant…Ingred Bergman
6. The Third Man……….Orson Wells
5. Touch of Evil 1958….Orson Wells Charston Heston
4. Sunset Boulevard….1950…Billie Wilder….William Holden
3. Double Indemnity….1944…..Fred McMurray….Billy Wilder again
2. The Big Sleep…..Humprey Bogart….Howard Hawks piece with Laren Bacall
1. Maltese Falcon Humprey Bogart

The names of the films themselves signaled the content, “DOA”, Dark Passage (1947), The Naked City (1948). The film movement shadowed a similar movement in literature.


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poetry for peace poem


Yeah I’m there, man,

like a peach or a flower,
or a rock in the street,
picked up in the street
by a child and hurled at a tank,
while we visit the Hitler channel and
brag about our cluster bombs
and speak of freedom.
Whose flag?
Whose flag
shall we drape over the child?
Yours?
Mine?
And so this rock in the street, this
peach or a flower
bounces off the tank, and
falls again helplessly in the street
as helpless as this poem
as helpless as the peach or the flower or
the child

We can do this.
We can write this poem
We can read it.
for
peace
for
children and mothers everywhere.
Sing and rejoice for life
this day,
this day
and
tomorrow.
poetry for peace
poetry for peace
poetry for peace
poetry for peace

 

david michael jackson  Dec 2 2004  dave@artvilla.com


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Arsenic and Syphilis, bonus poem from the “Periodic Table of Poetry” series by Chicago poet Janet Kuypers


Arsenic and Syphilis

Janet Kuypers

3/3/14 (bonus Periodic Table haiku for Arsenic #33, As)

arsenic was used
in pre-penicillin days
to treat syphilis


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History of Electricity Science Documentary


 

 

history of electricity science documentary


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