film noir

\ -ˈnwär How to pronounce film noir (audio) \
plural film noirs\ -​ˈnwär(z) How to pronounce film noir (audio) \ or films noir or films noirs\ -​ˈnwär How to pronounce film noir (audio) \

Definition of film noir

: 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

Examples of film noir in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our [initial] goal was to construct a kind of film noir or thriller-like story completely focused on the case, the clues and how and what Sergio discovered. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2021 There is no doubt that writer Andre De Toth, better known for his film noir scripts, had Johnny Ringo in mind as the model for his protagonist. Philip Martin, Arkansas Online, 13 June 2021 Luke lived in Los Angeles’ Hancock Park, in a ramshackle house that felt like the setting of a film noir classic. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, 3 June 2021 Gresham’s book, which follows a persuasive con man working at a carnival, was previously adapted into a 1947 film noir starring Tyrone Power. Josh Weiss, Forbes, 12 May 2021 Local troupes Impro Theatre and Company of Angels join forces to improvise a show inspired by classic film noir tropes and Los Angeles history in this one-night-only livestream event. Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2021 When shot at night, at the right angles, with spooky music on the soundtrack, the genteel elegance of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum makes for an ideal film noir setting., 7 Apr. 2021 The early film noir work and all my work since is about questioning what’s expected of me in society. Liam Freeman, Vogue, 25 Mar. 2021 In his youth, his father introduced him to film noir, while his mother and grandmother instilled in him a love of theater. Darcel Rockett,, 20 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of film noir

1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for film noir

French, literally, black film

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“Film noir.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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

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