The Noirvember Files

Ace In The Hole

Good News is No News: The Corruption of American Media in ‘Ace in the Hole’


Billy Wilder’s 1951 film noir masterpiece is an unforgiving satire of the American media and its audience.

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.