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Film Noir: Bringing Darkness to Light (2006)

Video  |   |  Documentary, History  |  18 July 2006 (USA)
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Film Noir burrows into the mind; it's disorienting, intriguing and enthralling. Noir brings us into a gritty underworld of lush morbidity, providing intimate peeks at its tough, scheming ... See full summary »

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Film Noir burrows into the mind; it's disorienting, intriguing and enthralling. Noir brings us into a gritty underworld of lush morbidity, providing intimate peeks at its tough, scheming dames, mischievous misfits and flawed men - all caught in the wicked web of a twisted fate. Written by Anonymous

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Almost perfect.
11 January 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Film Noir: Bringing Darkness to Light" is an exceptional documentary about film noir--certainly the best I have seen. Aside from one minor problem, it is perfect. Instead of just talking about film noir movies and discussing a few seminal films, this documentary talks to a wide variety of modern filmmakers and asks them important questions--the most important of which is 'what is film noir'. I liked this discussion of what is noir, as the folks interviewed did NOT really seem to agree. One said noir began in 1945--but many examples others gave came before this (such as "The Maltese Falcon" and "Double Indemnity"). Additionally, wonderful discussions occur about the sound, look and dialog of noir--as well as a nice discussion on the morality and psychological aspects of noir. All of this was great--like being in a film class. BUT, the film also forgot, in many cases, to identify which films were being shown as the clips were rolling. To some this isn't a major problem--to me, it's annoying as I want to see these films for myself! Oh well....it's STILL well worth your time and very well made.


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