Film Noir (French for “dark film”)
As a genre, film noir is associated with a set of stylized Hollywood crime dramas made in the 1940s and 1950s. Film critics even precisely mark its Golden Age as beginning with The Maltese Falcon (1941) and ending with Touch of Evil (1958). Strongly reflective of the hard times following the Great Depression and World War II, the crime world of film noir is cold, dark and heartless. Its main protagonists are iconic: a cynical detective in trench-coat and hat, the femme-fatale seductive and manipulative but often gaining our sympathy, and the crime lord corrupt and ruthless. Additional elements that set film noir apart are the use of quotable tough talk, voiceover, narration in flashbacks, and last but definitely not the least: the stunning visual impact of shadow and light. In fact, the noir style is inseparable from its visual style, which uses black and white to contrast smaller areas of light and larger areas of overwhelming darkness.
Every film ever made has inspired a poster intended to capture its essence. But only a genre as visually captivating as film noir could inspire posters for potential movies! We offer five such posters, born from viewing and enjoying gems of film noir. So, go ahead and build a story and screenplay for each one of them!
We're thrilled about how the poster has come out. The posters will be available in two sizes of
18″ x 24″ and 24″ x 12″.