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a motion picture with an often grim urban setting, photographed in somber tones and permeated by a feeling of disillusionment, pessimism, and despair.
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Origin of film noir
1955–60; < French: literally, black film
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Examples from the Web for film noir
Mr. Wright attributes this film-noir fantasy to Garry Scarff, who was never a Scientologist.Church of Scientology Details Error in Lawrence Wright’s Book|Karen Pouw|January 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Pouw insists that this anecdote is nothing more than “film-noir fantasy” and that Scarff is a “self-admitted inveterate liar.”
British Dictionary definitions for film noir
/ (nwɑː) /
a gangster thriller, made esp in the 1940s in Hollywood characterized by contrasty lighting and often somewhat impenetrable plots
Word Origin for film noir
C20: French, literally: black film
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