Film noir is a style of cinematic expression that is not always recognized as a bona fide genre. Nevertheless, a sufficient body of film noir work exists to substantiate its place in the discussion of modern filmmaking.
Those acknowledging the art form generally apply film noir to only “Hollywood crime dramas,” but the term may be used more liberally to describe movies representing the darker, brooding, disturbing or melancholy side of life. The Maltese Falcon (1941) is a textbook example, but works such as Vertigo (1958), Pulp Fiction (1994) and Mulholland Drive (2001) fit the broader definition. Continue Reading