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film noir

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noun \-ˈnwär\

Simple Definition of film noir

  • : a movie about crime that uses dark shadows and lighting to show the complicated moral nature of the subject; also : this style of film

Full Definition of film noir

plural film noirs \-ˈnwär(z)\ or films noir or films noirs \-ˈnwär\

  1. :  a type of crime film featuring cynical malevolent characters in a sleazy setting and an ominous atmosphere that is conveyed by shadowy photography and foreboding background music; also :  a film of this type


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