The Elements of Film Noir

By December 9, 2015Main


A common narrative device employed in Film Noir is the voice-over where one of the characters narrates their story. The voice-over gives immediacy to the story and can be seen as a way for the character to try and make sense of what has happened to them. The voice-over can be the conventional detective narrating how a blonde walked into their office or something a bit more dramatic like the corpse in the swimming pool in Sunset Boulevard (1950) narrating the events that led to his floating face down in that pool.

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