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Though there is no consensus on the matter, this was a very important step towards the development of the film industry.Bould, M., 2005. The term was originally used in France after WWII, to describe American thriller or detective films in the 1940s and 50s. These females were of two types; a reliable, trustworthy and loving woman, the second type was the morally questionable type (femme fatale).She was not always known to the lead character at the beginning of the film, and at times came between the male protagonist and his wife. Cotemporary noirs include The movie is set up in a small town in Indiana where a man, Tom Stall, lives with his wife and one child. Film Noir is a term coined in the early 1940s by the French to refer to trendy Hollywood crime movies produced during this period. A man going across the town recognizes Jeff and tells him to go and see their friend, Whit Sterling for which Jeff agrees.Before leaving, Jeff tells Ann about his past; his real name and also tells her the fact that he worked for a rich gambler named Whit Sterling. Debate among scholars is ongoing in an attempt to decide whether film noir was really a film genre, some argue that it was a visual style. Once she finds out about the real truth, Kathie plots for the murder of Whit.Later on, she manages to leave with her new-found love, Jeff. The climax was mostly set in complex scenes; these included a train station, refineries or an old shut-down industry as seen in Film noirs were generally pessimistic; the stories were mostly about people caught up in unwanted situations. This was also the period during which this style developed.Film noirs were characterized by several features as discussed below.Film noirs were easily recognizable by their visual style; low-key lighting mostly in dark, smoke-filled rooms with characters’ faces wholly or partially covered by the darkness. What follows is an introduction to the genre of dark American thrillers that mirrored the urban malaise and social anxieties of the 1940s and 1950s.Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon | © Warner BrosFred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck star in Double IndemnityBarbara Stanwyck plays Phillis Dietrichson in Double Indemnity Apart from the visual styles used to capture the movies, the storylines are typical of noirs (Bould 2005, p. 113). The term literally means black film in French and the movies were characterized by their black and white visual style, a style generally thought to have begun in the early 1940s was used up to the late 1950s. The police manage to murder both of them. While many of these films feature adultery, their kisses are more like quick clashes than lingering, amorous gestures, and the adulterers rarely enjoy their affairs before being offed in the end. Faller has a passion for gambling.He organizes a trip to Buenos Aires. They settle in San Francisco where they are later spotted by Jeff’s old partner (Fisher), he demands $40000 else he reports them to Whit. Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford) narrates the story continually, another technique applied by noirs. The Origins Of Film Noir The noir films occurred in America during the war, and continued to be made during the forties and fifties, but it did not come out of nothing. The lead male character may have been trying to escape his past life and in the process would find himself falling into the femme fatale’s trap.These female characters were almost irresistible by the male lead character and would lure him to commit murders out of jealousy or lead to his arrest (Snyder 2001, p. 162). At a round block mounted by the police, the truth downs on Kathie that she had sadly been betrayed by Ben. But Ann is also in love with a town lawman (Jim). & Duncan, P., 2004, Film noir. Farrell hears from Mundson about an illegal casino, which turns up to be Mundson’s.