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Film Noir is a term that refers to a “genre” of films made between 1940-1958 (this timeframe is still highly debated among die-hard Noir fans). These highly stylized films were typically shot in black and white, and featured sharp contrast between light and dark, unusual camera angles (pictures often shot on a slant as if the actors were going to slide off screen), distortion of height, unusual music, and morally degenerate characters driven by greed, lust, jealousy or alienation who commit murder or hatch nefarious schemes. Another common feature is the femme fatale, a beautiful woman who gets a man to commit murder, and then either one or both of them spiral down to meet their own tragic dooms. Noirs rarely have a happy ending or a “good guy”.

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