Classical and Post-Modern Film Noir Comparison Essay by sonicblur

Classical and Post-Modern Film Noir
Similarites and differences as seen in The Maltese Falcon and Memento.
# 5435 | 1,885 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | CA
Published on Feb 11, 2003 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This paper focuses on the similarities and differences that occured within the film noir genre from the classical age to the post-modern age. Some differences include changes or variations to the genre's conventions and iconography, and similarities include the basic plot structure.

From the Paper:

“Simply stated, a genre film involves familiar, essentially one-dimensional characters acting out a predictable story pattern within a familiar setting” (Schatz 6). The traditional conventions of film noir include a suspenseful, mysterious plot, usually including a murder, that resolves itself with the protagonist making sure justice prevails over crime. Filmmakers have recently begun to play with such conventions to introduce new elements into the genre. The basic plot structure, and iconography of film noir movies have remained relatively intact, though present day directors use variations in temporal order, narrative depth and narrative range to modernize the genre."

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