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film noir

[nwahr]
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noun
  1. 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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film noir

noun
  1. a gangster thriller, made esp in the 1940s in Hollywood characterized by contrasty lighting and often somewhat impenetrable plots
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Word Origin

C20: French, literally: black film
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Word Origin and History for film noir

n.

1958, from French, literally "black film," from noir (12c.), from Latin niger (see Negro).

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