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    We all know from the many and varied books written about Film Noir that the often quoted time frame that these films fit into is usually 1941 to 1958 some occasionally stretch to 1959. Who came came up with this initially, and why is it so strictly adhered too? 
     
    The more Noirs I watch the more I'm questioning this. I'm beginning to come around to a different thought, and that is that Classic American Film Noir stretched from say 1940 to 1968 (1968 being the last general use of B&W film in production) here is the breakdown by year of Black & White Noirs (there may be a few more to add in, in that 1959 to 1968 stretch: 
     
    1940 (5) 
    1941 (11) 
    1942 (5) 
    1943 (5) 
    1944 (18) 
    1945 (22) 
    1946 (42) 
    1947 (53) 
    1948 (43) 
    1949 (52) 
    1950 (57) 
    1951 (39) 
    1952 (26) 
    1953 (21) 
    1954 (26) 
    1955 (20) 
    1956 (19) 
    1957 (12) 
    1958 (7) 
    1959 (7) 
    1960 (2) 
    1961 (5) 
    1962 (6) 
    1963 (1) 
    1964 (4) 
    1965 (3) 
    1966 (2) 
    1967 (2) 
    1968 (1) 
     
    I'm also thinking now that the Color Film Noirs within this 1940-1968 time frame were the first Neo Noirs so that the two sub genres actually overlap. The catalyst for this new alignment is when I read a quote about Neo Noir that said that if the filmmakers made a conscience decision to film in black and white when color was the norm then it was an artistic decision and not one of necessity for budget purposes, Same the other way if B&W was the norm for low budget B Noirs then it was an artistic decision to film it color. 
     
    The color film Noir the first 30 years (again there maybe a few more in these early years but they as a whole really up ticked in the 1980s and 1990's): 
     
    1945 (1) 
    1947 (1) 
    1948 (1) 
    1953 (2) 
    1955 (3) 
    1956 (3) 
    1958 (1) 
    1966 (1) 
    1967 (1) 
    1969 (1) 
    1970 (2) 
    1971 (4) 
    1972 (1) 
    1973 (0) 
    1974 (2) 

     

    the peeps who think there's a canon in noir are gullible which is why they believe in limiting the years.

  2. Greatest movie ever made. How can one go wrong with actors like Patty Duke as Neely, wardrobe by Travilla, cinematography by John Barrymore's favorite cameraman, Billy Daniels, direction by Mark Robson of The 7th Victim fame and bits by Georgie Jessel and others and it's fun to try to figure out who inspired what characters.Catch it later this week on Turner or buy the dvd. 

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