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10.09.2014 | 73 days ago | Posted at 10:58 AM
By David Luhrssen
Film noir is a style, a mood and an implicit commentary on American society. Although French critics coined the term in the 1950s, the genre was already coalescing in 1941 with the release of The Maltese Falcon. As the term suggests, the films were dark, usually making use of deep shadows and pools of light that were characteristic of German Expressionist filmmaking (Hollywood was populated by 194...
09.30.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen


�What are you doing in that funny looking get-up?� Asking the question is a man wearing a pith helmet, a khaki colonial officer�s uniform, tall leather cavalry boots and a flowing cape. In comparison, the sidekick he�s questioning cuts a modest figure in his fez and loose Arabic robe. The man in the cape and pith helmet, who happens to be the hero of Chandu the Magician (1932), se...

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