Film Noir

‘Phantom Lady,’ ‘Sorry, Wrong Number,’ and the Dolly-In Recognition Shot

Be they sinister, or joyous, a dolly-in is a powerful tool. Read More

‘They Made Me a Criminal’ and the Persecution of an Innocent Star

John Garfield stars in this precursor to film noir, a tragic representation of the happy ending he never got to… Read More

Out of the Shadows: Scoring ‘Double Indemnity’

Find out why this movie's music is so unique within film noir. Read More

Fritz Lang’s ‘M’ and the Aesthetics of Justice

With this prototypical film noir, Fritz Lang crafts a universe in which telling the difference between good and evil is… Read More

The Beginner’s Guide to the Subgenres of Film Noir

What's black and white and full of subgenres? Read More

‘Night Moves’ and Film Noir Masculinity

Gene Hackman's Harry Moseby is a character navigating the neo-noir landscape as a different kind of man. Read More

‘Brighton Rock’ and the Iconography of Film Noir

John Boulting's sinister adaptation examines the religious undertones of the film noir genre. Read More

The Magical and Seductive Power of ‘Nightmare Alley’

Although a departure from typical film noir narratives, its exploration of taboo is perfectly in line with the genre's goals. Read More

Take a ‘Detour’ this Noirvember and Shed Yourself of Pity

Edgar G. Ulmer's 1945 film noir is just the kind of gritty, loathsome confection you should crave during Noirvember. Read More