Film Noir in the Library

The cinematic term 'film noir' (French for "black film") was named for its downbeat subject matter. These stylish crime dramas put an emphasis on cynical attitudes and sexual motivations. The classic period covered the 1940s and 1950s. Many of the stories and lot of the attitude of these films came from the hardboiled school of crime fiction that appeared during the Great Depression. To find out more about film noir there is a list titled "Nothing But Noir" on our website. Check it out.


Nothing But Noir


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