Film Noir

Phantom Lady

‘Phantom Lady,’ ‘Sorry, Wrong Number,’ and the Dolly-In Recognition Shot


Be they sinister, or joyous, a dolly-in is a powerful tool.

They Made Me A Criminal John Garfield

‘They Made Me a Criminal’ and the Persecution of an Innocent Star


John Garfield stars in this precursor to film noir, a tragic representation of the happy ending he never got to have.

Barbara Stanwyck In Double Indemnity

Out of the Shadows: Scoring ‘Double Indemnity’


Find out why this movie’s music is so unique within film noir.

M Fritz Lang

Fritz Lang’s ‘M’ and the Aesthetics of Justice


With this prototypical film noir, Fritz Lang crafts a universe in which telling the difference between good and evil is no easy feat.

Film Noir Subgenres

The Beginner’s Guide to the Subgenres of Film Noir


What’s black and white and full of subgenres?

Night Moves Gene Hackman

‘Night Moves’ and Film Noir Masculinity


Gene Hackman’s Harry Moseby is a character navigating the neo-noir landscape as a different kind of man.

Brighton Rock

‘Brighton Rock’ and the Iconography of Film Noir


John Boulting’s sinister adaptation examines the religious undertones of the film noir genre.

Nightmare Alley

The Magical and Seductive Power of ‘Nightmare Alley’


Although a departure from typical film noir narratives, its exploration of taboo is perfectly in line with the genre’s goals.

Noirvember Detour

Take a ‘Detour’ this Noirvember and Shed Yourself of Pity


Edgar G. Ulmer’s 1945 film noir is just the kind of gritty, loathsome confection you should crave during Noirvember.