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>The following are the entries from the OED.  1958 seems a little late to
me; does anybody know of earlier use of the term in English?  (& any idea
what this 1960 film referenced below might be?)  LT
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>1958 Spectator 25 July 134/2 It [sc. a play] tries to be a parody of a film
noir. 1960 Times 9 May 16/4 A school-boy adventure story which turns
suddenly and surprisingly into a bleak film noir.

Objectif 48, a journal Bazin had written for, organised a Festival of
American Film Noir in late 1948, held at the Pagoda Theatre.

Andrews notes that this event was the "… first time the genre called 'film
noir' had ever been singled out…" in Andrew, Dudley, "André Bazin"; Columbia
University Press, New York 1978

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