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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How to use film noir in a sentence
Whether sleek or jagged, classic film noirs boast a sharp-edged ferocity and despair, as if the world—and the lives of its tiny inhabitants—were perched on the edge of a lethal blade.‘Nightmare Alley’ Is One Bloated Hollywood Freak Show | Nick Schager | December 17, 2021 | The Daily Beast
The accompanying video has a film noir look that complements the slinky sound.
I grew up a big fan of film noir, but what drew you to the Sin City universe?Joseph Gordon-Levitt on ‘Sin City’ and Why He Considers Himself a Male Feminist | Marlow Stern | August 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But L.A. Confidential was important for temporarily resuscitating film noir.The Great Character Actor: Guy Pearce on His Brilliant Career, From ‘Priscilla’ to ‘The Rover’ | Richard Porton | May 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
All the women in this video play up subtle sexiness between colored neon, film noir lighting, and sexy silhouettes.Phoenix, Ciara & More Best Music Videos of the Week (VIDEO) | Victoria Kezra | July 7, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for film noir
a gangster thriller, made esp in the 1940s in Hollywood characterized by contrasty lighting and often somewhat impenetrable plots
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