The Elements of Film Noir

By December 9, 2015Main

Darkness

The thing about darkness in Film Noir is that it is not just a physical thing, even though it seems that much of the action in classic Film Noir occurs at night, the darkness and its expressive shadows is a reflection and manifestation of the both the psychological and emotional darkness that besets the characters and of the true nature of the treacherous reality that they inhabit as in Out of The Past (1947) where long stretches of the movie occur at night, but even the daylight scenes are un-usually dark, and reflect the nightmarish past that the central character attempts to escape.

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