Over weekend I saw one of the most powerful episodes of Punisher (by Netflixs) and the thought of was heros’ PTSD got me thinking on making an article on film noirs. Why?
Film noir (literally “black movie”) is a genre that thrived predominantly in Hollywood crime films in the early post World War II years, as men were returning from the military to their lives at home, and these films express the anxiety that many men felt about being displaced as workers, boyfriends, husbands and fathers during wartime.
This anxiety is expressed in film noir as a sense of disorientation, confusion and distrust, as well as a sense of entrapment in a nightmare world that has gone out of control.
When I saw a cinema theater nearby is having a film-noir-marathon, I took it as a final sign.
Is fim noir something
I might like?
Yes, if you enjoyed movies like “Sin City”, “Memento”, “L.A. Confidencial”, “Seven”, “Drive” or even “Dark Knight”(2008).
1.The Woman in the Window (1944)
When a conservative middle-aged professor engages in a minor dalliance with a femme fatale, he is plunged into a nightmarish quicksand of blackmail and murder.
2. Kiss Me, Deadly (1955)
A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious “great whatsit.”
3. The Big Sleep (1946)
Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he’s seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.
4. Scarlet Street (1945)
When a man in mid-life crisis befriends a young woman, her venal fiancé persuades her to con him out of the fortune they mistakenly assume he possesses.
5. The Maltese Falcon (1941) – probably the most classical of classics <3
A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.
6. Touch of Evil (1958)
A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.
7. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
A screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star’s script only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship.
8. The Third Man (1949) – exceptional thing: set in Vienna, made by UK
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.
9. The Asphalt Jungle (1950) – with young Monroe <3
A major heist goes off as planned, until bad luck and double crosses cause everything to unravel.
10. Double Indemnity (1944)
An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator’s suspicions.