Philosophyguru's journey through the world of classic movies is not meant to be a guide to any specific genre, but to reflect upon some classic movies and provoke some thought.
As Walt Disney is quoted as saying, "I'd rather entertain and hope that people learn, than teach and hope that people are entertained."
Let us start by taking a look at some of our favorite film genres that will be discussed here.
Film-Noir is French for "black film"
Scholars debate on the definition of the genre. The primary literary influence on film noir was the hard-boiled school of American detective and crime fiction, and is generally regarded as stretching from the early 1940s to the late 1950s. A common formula for a Film-Noir is a cynical male lead and the interesting femme fatale. While not all are cut in the mold of the classic gangster flick, most are melodramas with some interaction between a strong male lead and a female, with one, if not both, of the characters having some type of social dysfunction. I can see why I like them so!