How can we define film noir genre?

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What can you tell me about the "film noir" genre? I have been told this includes movies such as "The Maltese Falcon" and "Double Indemnity" but would like more information if you could give it to me.

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  1. Tom Reeds

    Film Noir is category of film in which the movies like Hollywood crime dramas lie. In fact it is a term which is used to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas especially which emphasize clinical attitudes and motivations. The period of Hollywoods classic film noir is from the early 1940s to late 1950s.At that time film noir was associated with low key black and white visual style that origins from German Expressionist cinematography. There are many prototypical stories and many attitudes that are derived from the school of crime fiction and these were emerged during the depression in the United States. The term film noir was described for “black film”, it was first applied to the Hollywood films by the French critics in the year 1946. In the beginning this term was unknown to the American film industry. Cinema historians and critics this term later. Before the notion was widely accepted in the 1970s, many of the classic film noirs were referred to a melodramas. Although the noir mode was identified with American productions. Such latter day work is also referred to neo noirs. The tropes of the film noir have inspired parody since the mid 1940s.
    Many pictures were released from the 1960s onward and they share attributes with the classic films of old time.

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