Watch and Learn: Origins of Film Noir
What does it take to get for a film to get the “Film Noir” title?
Like any genres, Film Noir has specificities and a history that starts with film critique Nino Frank in 1946. Filmmaker IQ, who made it last week to the list of 24 Twitter Accounts You Should Follow, made a video explaining everything you need to know about the genre to make sure you nail it if you ever decide to write and/or shoot a Film Noir.
This video is an efficient and entertaining way to get a better overview and understanding of the genre’s evolution and how the changes in storytelling have always been intertwined with economical, social and technological changes. If you think about it, there will be videos like this in the future explaining how DSLRs, the phenomenon of books adaptations and crowdfunding were at the origins of new storytelling movements.
After a brief historical context, and a presentation of 4 movies who were key to the genre ( Stranger on the Third Floor, Double Indemnity, The Big Combo and Touch of Evil), the video goes on showing how the genre evolved to adapt to filmmaking modern era (Chinatown, Blade Runner, Se7en, Dark City, Mulholland Drive, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Sin City, The Dark Knight). And as you can see from these examples, many films consider as modern classic were influenced by Film Noir.
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