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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.
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Origin of film noir

1955–60; <French: literally, black film
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British Dictionary definitions for film noir

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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