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The term was not used very much in production and only French critics used it during the noir era. Noir also breaks the generic conventions, as other films classed as genres can be noir films also; like noir musicals, noir gangster films, noir comedy or noir horror.
Watching film noirs, I have noticed some elements which they all have in common...
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One of the techniques used is the very low key lighting which obscures the action. The uses of night and shadows are a recurring factor in noir films, emphasizing coldness and darkness. In the films, the world often seems like a prison.
Generally, in film noir there are two typical female characters in noirs; the sexual and active spider woman and the maternal virgin...
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