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Indie Birds – Elements of Film Noir

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Film Noir , derived from the French term meaning ‘black film,’ is a style and approach to the production of many classic black and white Hollywood crime movies. While opinions differ on its definition, there are a foundation of elements that are common to these films.

Hollywood movies of this genre are typically dark, suspense-filled, thrilling mystery films. Here are some additional elements that help identify true film noir .

 

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A film noir can usually be identified by a distinct visual style. Since almost all of these films are from the black and white era of Hollywood, using dark colors to create contrast on screen was a common practice. Low-angle shots and Dutch camera angles are also very common. A Dutch camera angle is shot with a ’tilted’ camera angle, and is most commonly used for portrait tension or psychological uneasiness. This style of film quite often does not show a person directly. Instead, using disorientation by showing people reflected in a mirror, or with the use of unusual special effects. This visual style is used to add to the dark and gloomy nature of a film’s plot.

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Indie Birds

When telling their story in this style the directors will use a variety of sequences that disrupt the usual narrative sequence. Flashbacks and flash-forwards are often used to provide background to a current scene or setting. In some instances, voice over narration may also be used. This narration was usually provided by the lead actor or protagonist in the film.

Film noir is also known for the creativity shown by its directors, story writers and cinematographers when adding a darker shade to the overall theme of a film.