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Tue, Feb 7, 2017 10:30 AM

Live Poll: Film-Noir Directors

Film-Noir: Typically features dark, brooding characters, corruption, detectives, and the seedy side of the big city. Almost always shot in black and white, American, and set in contemporary times (relative to shooting date). 

Which of these filmmakers do you feel best handled (as a director in a movie) the Film-Noir genre?

List: (Part: I) http://www.imdb.com/list/ls074312149/
Poll: http://www.imdb.com/poll/bS3SHzyul1w/

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Peru,

Thanks for the bump.

This is now more than 2 years old PS. I suggested it first on July 12, 2015 at the old poll board. Didn't get picked in 2 years...

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DC,

No problem, film-noir is my all-time favorite genre and I've always thought that it deserves more love on the poll-side of IMDb. 2 years is pretty nuts but keep the hope, perhaps this one will surprise you.

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I was looking for Edward Dmytryk, I would think he would crack the top 25 or higher for a true film-noir fans. I can live with Fritz Lang though from the available option, which is a pretty good list.

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Bump!

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Almost always shot in black and white, American, and set in contemporary times (relative to shooting date).
Do you mean the movies are set in America? Perhaps you could rephrase this sentence a bit.

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Gigi,

The following is IMDb's official definition of 'Film-Noir' genre.

Film-Noir: Typically features dark, brooding characters, corruption, detectives, and the seedy side of the big city. Almost always shot in black and white, American, and set in contemporary times (relative to shooting date). 

I don't have the official link right now.

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The "American" reference is confusing, I think, for two reasons: 1) the meaning itself is unclear. Does it mean done by American studios? made by American filmmakers? set in America? And I also wonder if any of those are accurate. 2) the syntax. Syntactically, it would be easy to improve upon if we knew what "American" means. If it means made my American studios, for instance, I'd suggest "Generally American films, they are almost always shot in black and white and set in contemporary times, relative to shooting date." Of course, I'm not sure that "Generally American films" is what iMDb means by that or if it's accurate.

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Gigi and Suji,

I have got the official IMDb link.

Please see here - https://help.imdb.com/article/contribution/titles/genres/GZDRMS6R742JRGAG?ref_=helpart_nav_32#noir

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It's unfortunate that it is so poorly written that even the meaning is not at all clear. Oh, well. 

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How about this?

According to the Oxford Dictionary, film-noire is "a style or genre of cinematographic film marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, and menace. The term was originally applied (by a group of French critics) to American thriller or detective films made in the period 1944–54 and to the work of directors such as Orson Welles, Fritz Lang, and Billy Wilder." IMDb adds that it "typically features dark, brooding characters, corruption, detectives, and the seedy side of the big city," and is "almost always shot in black and white ... and set in contemporary times (relative to shooting date)."

That combines the most respected dictionary of the English dictionary with the great details described by IMDb, omits the problematic syntax, and clearly explains the "American" reference. 

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Ruby,

This is an excellent, well written introduction. It's clear, informative and to the point.

DC,

I strongly encourage you to adopt the intro that Ruby wrote. It will significantly enhance your poll suggestion.

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Thanks. I have added Suzy's suggestion.

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DC,

Thanks for adding Ruby's suggestion. Your poll suggestion is much strong as a result.

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Definitely gotta go with Fritz Lang