Ultimate Film Noir Collection, The
Film noir - literally "black film" - is Hollywood's moody vision of a dark, shadowy, smoky underworld populated by beautiful-but-deadly dames and the regular Joes who fall for them. These films are literally black in that they often take place at night or in the shadows - or both.
But they are black in other ways, too: Shady characters with no redeeming or "light" qualities; likeable people who mean well but are pulled into the dark world of murder and mayhem; and plots that focus primarily on the darker aspects of man's nature.
Although films noir continue to be produced today, the heyday of these low-budget, high-tension pictures was from the early 1940s to the mid-1950s. Here are ten classic films noir that set the tone for countless "black films" that followed in their echoing, unsettling footsteps.
Scarlet Street (1945)
The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers (1946)
Whistle Stop (1946)
He Walked By Night (1948)
The Hitch-Hiker (1953)