film noir

Suspense (1940s Film Noir – #AtoZChallenge)

Suspense is a very different mode of narration than the detective story. Whereas the detective traditionally represents a stabilising element in the narration (he brings stability and truth where the criminal act had brought instability…



Quotes (1940s Film Noir – #AtoZChallenge)

Film noir uses a very characteristic form of dialogue. We all know that noir privet detectives are streetwise, disillusioned and wisecracking, as well as we know that femme fatales are sensual and smooth anything they…





Masculinity (1940s Film Noir – #AtoZChallenge)

The preferred source of film noir, the hard boiled novel, manifests an obsession with the possibility of ‘disconnected subjectivity’. Because it’s a suspense story, there are delays and complications in the solution of the enigma,…


Law (1940s Film Noir – #AtoZChallenge)

The law manifests itself in film noir not just as the legally defined framework of the actual law, but also as the law of patriarchy, which defines the cultural environment. In a traditional world (the…


Killers (1940s Film Noir – #AtoZChallenge)

In the 1940s thrillers, criminal impulses are generally motivated in terms of personal malaise or psychic dysfunction. Any social critique is avoided… at least on the surface. There were in fact a few characteristics in…


Jazz (1940s Film Noir – #AtoZChallenge)

When I say ‘film noir jazz’ what do you think? A slow, moody kind of jazz, usually with a trumpet solo? I thought you’d say that. Truth is, jazz had basically nothing to do with…



Genre (1940s Film Noir – #AtoZChallenge)

When we think film noir, we mostly think it is a genre, right? Well… this is trickier that one would think. A genre is normally defined as a code of narrational processes familiar to both…


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