The Elements of Film Noir

By December 9, 2015Main

Flashbacks

There is a strong sense that the past is inescapable and/or more powerful than the present and this can be underlined by the frequent use of flashbacks. The past for many Noir characters is eternally returning and they can never escape its pull. Flashbacks also serve to undermine the stability of the narrative especially when narrated by different characters presenting alternative versions of the narrative, an example of this is The Killers (1946) where an insurance investigator interrogates several characters and their stories told in flashback form the core of the narrative.

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