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Much debate has gone into deciding what is noir and what isn't. I found this in a Wikipedia article about Nino Frank. "In 1946, Frank and fellow critic Jean-Pierre Chartier wrote two film articles that described Hollywood crime dramas from the 1940s as “film noir.” Frank’s article, “Un nouveau genre ‘policier:’ L’aventure criminelle,” (“A new police genre: the criminal adventure”) was published in the socialist-leaning film magazine L’écran français in August 1946. Frank’s article listed “…rejection of sentimental humanism, the social fantastic, and the dynamism of violent death” as being ob