Film Noir and Horror Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Film Noir and Horror
An analysis of the differences between film noir and horror films.
# 35486 | 2,400 words | 12 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 07, 2003 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This paper differentiates between the horror and film noir genres with a focus on Hitchcock's "Psycho" and Welles' "Lady from Shanghai". The paper analyzes these films and shows how they differ in terms of the cultural influence they depict; film noir is more culturally specific while horror has a universal appeal.

Film Noir Analysis

From the Paper:

"War, with its surfeit of tragedy and misery, brings its protagonists face to face with their most basic natures. War itself is sometimes seen as an agent of change: for film buffs, World War II has contributed significantly to the change in how films portray the dark side of humanity. Characterized by cynicism, darkness and despair, film noir emerged from the American film industry as the traumatic World War II experience was still fresh in the minds of film makers. [Sharrett, 1998]
"Although the style did not dominate the film production of its period, which lasted between 1940 and 1960, film noir was an alternative to the received movie styles, which were dominated by musicals and westerns. Films noirs are characterized by a downbeat atmosphere and graphic violence that expressed postwar American pessimism. [Corliss, 1999] In this type of film, the attitude of cynicism is carried to the point of nihilism by assuming the absolute and irredeemable corruption of society and the system the directors lived in. Film noir's cinematography is also influenced by the dark postwar mood."

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