Film noir is one of the darkest, most fascinating movie genres, but what exactly is it?
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This classic style of filmmaking has its origins in the 1940s.
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During this time, filmmakers were limited by what they could show in a movie by the infamous Production Code.
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At this time, there were no "PG-13" or "R-Rated" movies. All films had to adhere to the same rules.
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This forced filmmakers to look for more subtle ways to handle violence and sex.
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By developing new lighting techniques and taking advantage of the black & white format, directors found new ways to project dark and pessimistic tones in their movies.
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Movies in the film noir genre are often characterized by several recurring themes.
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They usually center on flawed, cynical protagonist or an anti-hero embroiled in a murder or some other dark mystery.
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Other elements commonly found in film noir are convoluted plots, femme fatales, and hardboiled detectives.
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One example of modern film noir is John Wick.
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Notable classic film noir movies include Laura, Double Indemnity, Out of the Past, and The Maltese Falcon.
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