Interpretation of Film Notes 10-10-07

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Interpretation of Film Notes 10-10-07 Film Noir- Coined by French film critics at the end of the war (late 1940’s) Paul Schroeder was the first to critically analyze film noir in the English language. He argued whether film noir constitutes a style, a movement, or a genre. Schroeder argues it is defined less by setting and conflict and more by mood and tone, therefore making it a style and not a genre. Schroeder outlines 4 principle origins or influences that shaped the development and emergence of film noir: 1- Post war realism , changes in film technology. Mobility of the cameras allowed for different settings, including filming off set. Also, The film stock, the celluloid that is used in film was altered to give more sensitivity to light (people were able to shoot in lower lighting, like at night outdoors), as well as faster film stock. 2- German influence , the influence of expressionist film making style was brought in. Germans had brought in expressionist ideals where the mise-en scene was made much more expressionistic, used very frequently in horror films.
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