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What is noir? - The Film Noir Foundation

The Film Noir Foundation has its NOIR CITY e-Magazine back issues for sale — all issues, $5.99 each, plus tax. Please note: These are not printed magazines. The NOIR CITY e-Magazines are electronic issues delivered to your inbox as PDFs. Collect your favorites or own twenty interactive issues of the best cinema publication available today. You'll be helping the Film Noir Foundation in its restoration efforts with your purchases at

Film Noir is one of Hollywood’s only organic artistic movements

Our feature an expanding catalog of noir-related video, ranging from exclusive interviews, to festival guest appearances, to short films inspired by film noir.

Our feature an expanding catalog of noir-related video, ranging from exclusive interviews, to festival guest appearances, to short films inspired by film noir.


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To this day the debate goes on as to whether “noir” is a film genre, circumscribed by its content, or a style of storytelling, identified by its visual attributes. The debate — in which there is no right answer — is only one of the things that keeps noir fresh for succeessive generations of movie lovers.

Encyclopedia Of Film Noir - free PDF, EPUB, FB2, FB3

Few, if any of the artists in Hollywood who made these films called them “noir” at the time. But the vivid co-mingling of lost innocence, doomed romanticism, hard-edged cynicism, desperate desire, and shadowy sexuality that was unleashed in those immediate post-war years proved hugely influential, both among industry peers in the original era, and to future generation of storytellers, both literary and cinematic.

NOIR CITY Film Festival - Film Noir Foundation

In 1946 a Paris retrospective of American films embargoed during the war clearly revealed this trend toward visibly darker, more cynical crime melodramas. It was noted by several Gallic critics who christened this new type of Hollywood product “film noir,” or black film, in literal translation.

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I'm just glad there is an organization doing this. Back in 1988 when I first became obsessed, it seemed like few knew what film noir was here in the UK. So it would usually be just me and a small bunch of moody loners (male and female) who'd go to a regular evening at a flea pit in North London. Three films for a couple of bucks (or pounds here). Such fun... A pity NOIR CITY only happens in the U.S. Oh well, maybe one day I'll get over.. — Henry Jaremko

The Essential Film-Noir on Blu-ray + DVD Resource

The Film Noir Foundation is a public benefit corporation created as an educational resource regarding the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of film noir as an international cinematic movement.

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Film Noir is one of Hollywood’s only organic artistic movements. Beginning in the early 1940s, numerous screenplays inspired by hardboiled American crime fiction were brought to the screen, primarily by European émigré directors who shared a certain storytelling sensibility: highly stylized, overtly theatrical, with imagery often drawn from an earlier era of German “expressionist” cinema. Fritz Lang, Robert Siodmak, Billy Wilder, and Otto Preminger, among others, were among this Hollywood vanguard.