The Elements of Film Noir

By December 9, 2015Main

Flawed Protagonist

Often the central characters of Noir are detectives, and it can be hard to separate the detective (the classic image is of Humphrey Bogart in his trench coat and hat, cigarette dangling from his lips, playing either Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe), from the Noir. But while private detectives and tough cops are common protagonists in Film Noir the general guide is imperfect. The Noir male can be flawed, weak, stupid, or a combination of all three, he can be a success or a failure, but he cannot escape his mistakes or the nightmare that they have landed him in.

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