I have been looking for a simple and quotable definition of "film noir."
Unlike most film terms which have fairly standard meanings, the definitions
of "film noir" that I have seen vary widely, e.g. "any crime movie depicitng
a fatalistic universe made between 1941 and 1960" or "any crime movie made in
black and white with odd camera angles and low-key, high contrast lighting"
etc. etc. Any thoughts?
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