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The only absolute when discussing these films popularized during the 1940s and 1950s era, is the literal translation of the French term film noir. It means "black film." After that it gets interesting...the film type definition, plot lines, visual styles and unique characterizations are discussed and debated regularly. Classic films like Bogart's Maltese Falcon and Rita Hayworth's Gilda are ideal examples of this film type. Join the fun learning about and defining this ageless film style.
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