First posted on 15 February 2011. Last updated on 22 February 2011.
The classic period of film noir stretched from early 1940s to late 1950s. These films—usually psychological thrillers and crime dramas—generally involved conflicted antiheros (private eye being a common character type) and their struggles against an nihilistic world. In the 1970s, the genre moved into the neo-noir period, which often focused on identity crises and the ramifications of a…
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