Segments in this Video

Classic Film Noir (02:38)


Film noir peaks during the 1940s and 1950s; many see it as a reaction to events during World War II. Classic noir is a synthesis of styles and portrays a pessimistic attitude toward society.

"Stranger on the Third Floor" (03:52)

Many consider this 1940 film as the start of the noir period in Hollywood. The film exhibits extraordinary lighting effects contributing to the atmosphere.

"The Maltese Falcon" (03:27)

John Huston's 1941 film starring Humphrey Bogart is one of the most enduring pieces of film noir.

"Detour" (03:11)

Edgar G. Ulmer directs the 1945 film. History is a fundamental aspect of film noir. Despite being technically imperfect, it is one of the most popular film noirs. “People on Sunday" features several figures who help Ulmer establish film noir.

"Double Indemnity" (02:50)

The 1944 film directed by Billy Wilder contains all the edifices of the noir genre and is one of the most economically made films. Darkness is a literal and metaphorical aspect of the film.

"Sunset Boulevard" (03:53)

Wilder incorporates comedy in the 1950s melodrama. Filming techniques place it firmly in the film noir genre.

"The Woman in the Window" (03:59)

Fritz Lang plays an important part in film noir. Each actress brings something different to the femme fatale role; Joan Bennett stars in the 1944 film and Barbara Stanwyck stars in "Double Indemnity."

"Scarlet Street" and "Detour" (02:47)

Ian Nathan cites classic femme fatales. Bennett stars in Lang's 1945 film and Ann Savage stars in Edgar G. Ulmer's film. Experts reflect on the characters' personas.

"Out of the Past" (02:57)

The tough guy is one archetype of film noir and can take various forms. Robert Mitchum stars as a private eye in the 1947 film; Jane Greer stars as the femme fatale.

"The Big Sleep" (02:59)

Bogart and Lauren Bacall star in the 1946 film directed by Howard Hawks. Bogart is the quintessential tough guy in film noir.

Film Noir in France (02:29)

A 1946 exhibition of American films in Paris earns the praise of critics. Nino Frank and Jean-Pierre Chartier make the term film noir concrete.

"Brighton Rock" (03:24)

British filmmakers begin creating their own version of film noir. John Boulting directs the 1948 film based on Graham Greene's novel.

"The Third Man" (05:36)

Carol Reed directs the 1949 film based on Greene's novel. French cinema influences British film. Experts discuss whether Alfred Hitchcock is a director of film noir; see clips from "Shadow of a Doubt."

Credits: Episode 2: Classic Noir (Film Noir) (00:34)

Credits: Episode 2: Classic Noir (Film Noir)

For additional digital leasing and purchase options contact a media consultant at 800-257-5126
(press option 3) or

Episode 2: Classic Noir (Film Noir)

Part of the Series : Film Noir
DVD (Chaptered) Price: $129.99
DVD + 3-Year Streaming Price: $194.99
3-Year Streaming Price: $129.99



With film noir in full flight, a slew of now-renowned noir 'bad girls' take centre stage, from Rita Hayworth in Gilda to Ava Gardner in The Killers.

Length: 46 minutes

Item#: BVL285323

ISBN: 979-8-88678-641-5

Copyright date: ©2022

Closed Captioned

Performance Rights

Prices include public performance rights.

Not available to Home Video and Publisher customers.

Only available in USA and Canada.