Film Noir of the Week Archive

A shot from Roman Polanski's Chinatown
“Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.” There are places that have a character of their own, and the Chinatown of the 1930s in Los Angeles definitely fits the bill. Up to 1910, this was a booming part of town, with...
In hindsight, debating the merits of the film noir canon will inevitably shape the way we see both the works that defined it and those that, perhaps indirectly, influenced its ambiance and unique visual flair. For all intents and...
A shot from the 1947 film noir Odd Man Out
It’s very sobering and equally humbling to see how often ahead of the curve noir films were at their artistic height in the 1940s, despite having been produced in days of great social upheaval and turmoil. Or perhaps because...


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