film noir

[ nwahr ]
/ nwɑr /
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noun

a motion picture with an often grim urban setting, photographed in somber tones and permeated by a feeling of disillusionment, pessimism, and despair.

Origin of film noir

1955–60; < French: literally, black film
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film noir

/ (nwɑː) /

noun

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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