Color and Black and White (can’t get black and white version streaming)
When I was working on Blue Ruin, that was the first time we were exposed to this whole world of streaming,” Blair says. “And at first, it’s not that we were suspicious; we were just like, ‘I don’t know how this works. Are people even gonna see it if it’s just on demand?’ And as it turned out, it seems as though people saw that movie much, much more on streaming platforms than they did in the theater. It makes a lot of sense, especially for smaller movies that maybe don’t have a big star in them or maybe they don’t have a ton of money for promotion and they can be discovered by word of mouth.”
Independent cinema is moving out of the art house and into every house. The collapse of this viewing window and the bidding-war armistice has been mitigated by prefab dealmaking. Technocratic distribution companies like Netflix and Amazon have upended the state of independently produced movies. Film festivals that screen these movies were once the bastion for work created beyond the perception of Hollywood’s studio structures — films that were either unable or unwilling to penetrate the cast iron gates that lead to the moviemaking seats of power.
Some key characteristics of Film Noir include:-A specific visual style characterized by low-key lighting, deep shadows, and obscuring camera angles.
-Disorientation through plot devices such as a non-linear plot line, an unreliable narrator, or flashbacks.
-A sense of impending doom or hopelessness.
-Stories about crime, either from the perspective of the criminal or the investigator. These crimes often include robberies, heists, or crimes of passion such as murder or suicide.
-Morally questionable protagonists that are not portrayed in a sympathetic light. They may be mentally unstable, corrupt, have a criminal background, or be involved with criminals.
-The “femme fatale” – a mysterious and seductive love interest who often leads the hero into compromising positions. She is not necessarily a bad person, although she is most often portrayed in an unflattering light.
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Directors Jacques Tourneur, Robert Aldrich, Orson Welles, Nicholas Ray, Billy Wilder, John Huston, Otto Preminger etc. all put their spin on the genre and continually redefined what Noir meant. DP’s like John Alton , James Wong Howe, John F Seitz, Burnett Guffey & Nicholas Musuraca were the true artists, “painted with light” to bring life to these amazing Noir beauties to life. These are the films I enjoy the most from that era because they use light as metaphor, taking the time to sculpt and inform. These DP’s lived in the shadows, pushing the artform and photography as far as they could go.
Here’s a great write up