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Film Noir: Bringing Darkness to Light (2006)

The genre of Film Noir gets an in-depth examination. Through a multitude of interviews with industry enthusiasts and film clips, every aspect of what makes a Noir is touched upon.

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Gary Leva
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Credited cast:
John Alton ... Himself (archive footage)
Drew Casper Drew Casper ... Himself
Roger Deakins ... Himself
John Debney ... Himself
Edward Dmytryk ... Himself (archive footage)
James Ellroy ... Himself
Glenn Erickson Glenn Erickson ... Himself
William Goldman ... Himself
Jane Greer ... Herself (archive footage)
Haden Guest Haden Guest ... Himself
Patricia King Hanson ... Herself
Brian Helgeland ... Himself
Peter Honess Peter Honess ... Himself
Rick Jewell Rick Jewell ... Himself
Janusz Kaminski ... Himself
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 2006 (USA) See more »

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Leva FilmWorks See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Almost perfect.
11 January 2013 | by MartinHaferSee 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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