Great Job, Internet!: Infographic explains “film noir” and finds the most noir film of them all

The term “film noir” is thrown around a lot to describe a great many films. Neo-noirs, film soleil, and other such spin-offs and mutations are also used to describe recent endeavors in everything from a Coen Brothers film to the latest season of True Detective. But just what is film noir? A helpful infographic from BFI, assembled by Adam Frost and designed by Melanie Patrick, seeks to showcase the most definitive elements of the genre to distill them to some core values.

Film noir came out of the post-World War 2 Hollywood but wasn’t named as such until a bunch of high-falutin’ French critics noticed a pattern in all these hard-boiled tales of deceit, betrayal, and morally vague characters. Many of them were based either directly or indirectly on lurid pulp tales of the time by the likes of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. But what are the cinematic …

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