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Essay heading: "Chinatown" as film noir
 
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Also, the first things the audience sees when the film begins are dark, black and white photographs. They take up the entire screen, so for the first minute or so of the film, the audience does not realize that they are, in fact, photographs that detectives are examining. The darkness of the photographs also references the genre...
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The darkness of the photographs also references the genre. It is as if Polanski is immediately trying to convey to the audience that regardless of the fact that it is a color film, it is still a film noir. While the film is in color, sometimes it appears to be in black and white. There are no bright colors in the film...
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