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Article Review 1 - Chimezie Ononenyi

By Tom Conley

"Film Noir" has been the term used to describe a path through which film proders used during the 40's. Being that late 40s was a recent post-war time, there wasn't a better time that would set the stage for how films would be shot and cut.

The main acpects of film noir were particularly the lighting, proper body gestures, and especially the taboo that women weren't allowed to show bare skin beyond the body extremities. Such codes of producing films were respected by film producers, and thus they set the stage for what we would now regard as a genre of its own.

Tom Conley adequately made it clear that such genre was because of the times. It is also very understandable that due to the high standards and anxiety for the "reds" or enemies particularly after WWII would cause a major movement toward using Hollywood scenes as a medium to portray United Sates and its culture as being pure.

This in turn means that they had to enforce the bare skin taboo, and everything else that needed to be shown on the screen had to be exaggerated in order to make the pint clear.

Just like movies of today show the sign of the time and present culture, film noir is a two word explanation of what a 40s movies represented.