Category Archives: Film Noir

The Female Spectator and the Killer Femme Fatale: Empowered or Disenfranchised?

For my project I wanted to explore the connections between three classic film noir films, the context in which these films were made (1944, 1946, and 1947), and whether female viewers would feel empowered by the portrayal of the femme … Continue reading Continue reading

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An Examination of Bound

I started off my last post by saying that I do not have an extensive background in the realm of feminist film critique. This week, I would like to say up front that I am even less experienced with the … Continue reading Continue reading

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Is bound film noir?

When first watching this film, I thought it was simply going to be a film about two lesbians trying to escape together from the annoyance of Vi’s husband. Yet in fact, it turns into a mob film with less of … Continue reading Continue reading

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“Rear Window”- does it fit the criteria of film noir?

After watching my first ever Alfred Hitchcock movie, “Rear Window” last week I learned in our class book, Cinema Studies, about the genre of film created in the 1940s titled “film noir.” Although there were many aspects of “Rear Window” … Continue reading Continue reading

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Is Rear Window Film Noir?

Film Noir is described as a movement (rather than a genre) that began in emerged in 1941 and corresponded with the ending of the Second World War and the beginning of the Cold War.  Yes, Rear Window was made during … Continue reading Continue reading

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