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Kimberly Truhler: Film Noir Style

Kimberly Truhler on Film Noir Style

With more than twenty years of study in film and fashion history, Kimberly Truhler is an author, educator, guest speaker, and host of screening series on the history of fashion in film. Her latest book, Film Noir Style: The Killer 1940s, should be on the top of the list for all cinephiles and lovers of Films Noir.

Kimberly Truhler

See Kimberly Truhler’s interview on Vancouver’s hit TV series Our City Tonight with Jim Gordon and Leeta Liepins:

Twenty Essential English Language Films Noir (1940-2021)

T-Boy Society of Film & Music

But first, what is a Film Noir?

The term film noir, French for ‘black film’ (literal) or ‘dark film’ (closer meaning), was first applied to Hollywood films by French critic Nino Frank in 1946, but was unrecognized by the Hollywood establishment of that era. Marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, and menace; its style is often characterized by cynical heroes, stark lighting effects and set design, intricate plots, and an underlying existentialist philosophy. Highly influenced by German Expressionist cinema of the 1910s and 1920s, film historians generally define the genre retrospectively, focusing primarily on American crime dramas of the post-World War II era.

a scene from the movie 'Out of the Past'
Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer in “Out of the Past,” a 1947 film by Jacques Tourneur. ORIGINAL PROPERTY RIGHTS HOLDER: RKO RADIO PICTURES, PUBLIC DOMAIN, via WIKIMEDIA COMMONS.

The List:

1941: Suspicion Alfred Hitchcock

1944: Laura Otto Preminger

1944: Double IndemnityBilly Wilder

1945: Detour Edgar G. Ulmer

1946: The Big SleepHoward Hawks

1946: Notorious Alfred Hitchcock

1947: The Lady from ShanghaiOrson Welles

1947: Out of the PastJacques Tourneur

1949: White HeatRaoul Walsh

1949: The Third ManCarol Reed

1949: The Reckless MomentMax Ophüls

1950: The Asphalt JungleJohn Huston

1950: In a Lonely Place – Nicholas Ray

1950: Gun CrazyJoseph H. Lewis

1953: The Big HeatFritz Lang

1955: The Night of the HunterCharles Laughton

1955: Kiss Me DeadlyRobert Aldrich

1958: Touch of EvilOrson Welles

1974: ChinatownRoman Polanski

1981: Cutter’s WayIvan Passer

1990: The Grifters Stephen Frears

See Walt Mundkowsky’s review of Melville’s classic French Noir, Le samouraï.

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