film noir
noun (plural film noirs or films noir or films noirs) Etymology: French, literally, black film Date: 1958 a type of crime film featuring cynical malevolent characters in a sleazy setting and an ominous atmosphere that is conveyed by shadowy photography and foreboding background music; also a film of this type

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  • Film Noir — Cinéma …   Wikipédia en Français

  • film noir — 1958, from French, lit. black film, from noir (12c.), from L. niger (see NEGRO (Cf. Negro)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • film noir — [film΄ nwär′] n. [Fr, lit., black film] a type of film, esp. of the 1940s and 1950s, fatalistic, pessimistic, or cynical in mood and often dealing melodramatically with urban crime and corruption …   English World dictionary

  • film noir — [ˌfılm ˈnwa: US ˈnwa:r] n plural films noirs (same pronunciation) [U and C] a film that deals with subjects such as evil, moral problems etc, often using a story about people involved in a crime and filmed in a way that seems dark or filled with… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • film noir — [ ,fılm nwar ] noun uncount movies that present the world as a sad place in which the characters are caught in complicated or dangerous situations …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • film noir — film′ noir′ n. 1) sbz a motion picture genre marked by grim urban settings, cynical, bleakly pessimistic characters, and starkly shadowed photography 2) sbz a motion picture in this genre • Etymology: 1955–60; < F: lit., black film …   From formal English to slang

  • Film noir — Two silhouetted figures in The Big Combo (1955). The film s cinematographer was John Alton, the creator of many of film noir s iconic images …   Wikipedia

  • Film noir — Der Begriff Film noir [filmˈnwaʀ] (frz. für „schwarzer Film“) bezeichnet ein Filmgenre oder – je nach Sichtweise – eine Stilrichtung des Films. Seine klassische Ära hatte der Film noir in den Vereinigten Staaten der 1940er und 1950er Jahre.… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • film noir — /nwahr/ a motion picture with an often grim urban setting, photographed in somber tones and permeated by a feeling of disillusionment, pessimism, and despair. [1955 60; < F: lit., black film] * * * (French; black film ) Film genre that offers… …   Universalium

  • Film noir — Le film noir est plus un courant qu un genre cinématographique apparu aux États Unis et fortement inspiré des nouvelles de détective de Dashiell Hammett ou Raymond Chandler, elles mêmes dérivées du naturalisme, un mouvement littéraire basé sur le …   Wikipédia en Français

  • film noir —    It is easy to identify STANLEY KUBRICK’s KILLER’S KISS (1955) and THE KILLING (1956) as examples of the kind of noir films that reflect the corruption of a postwar world. The term film noir was not in common use in the film industry itself at… …   The Encyclopedia of Stanley Kubrick

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