Noir films were popular in the Fifties and then basically disappeared in the Sixties. What happened? TV. Many of the themes and motifs of film noir were appropriated by television. Noir strongly influenced popular Sixties TV shows such as “Naked City,” “Peter Gunn,” “The Fugitive,” “The Twilight Zone,”...

German Expressionism played the major role in the look of Hollywood’s noir films of the Forties and Fifties. The look of noir--rain-slicked streets, urban landscapes, and shadowy rooms and corridors--was straight out of the German Expressionist films of the Twenties. Also, straight out of those...

The theme of The Killers is that lying just beneath normal, orderly, respectable society is another world--chaotic, evil, and corrupt. Nick Adams is introduced to this nether world and realizes how easy it would be to be sucked down into it and never be able...

The first modern noir story is Ernest Hemingway’s “The Killers.” Several of Hemingway’s short stories have noir aspects (notably “My Old Man” and “Fifty Grand”) but none so much as “The Killers.” “The Killers” is a Nick Adams story. Adams, a fictional stand in for Hemingway,...

The last post concerned the cinematic origins of noir.  So, is noir an exclusively a cinematic art form? Most definitely not.  It can be argued that noir dates back to Ancient Greece (“Oedipus Rex” “Antigone”) except that in Greek tragedy the main characters are of an...

This blog is going to be about things I like, which are many and varied, but mostly about crime fiction and, in particular, noir, both film and literary. Noir is something I feel strongly about. Why? First, like jazz and the blues, noir is an...