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Monday, October 24, 2016

Dieselpunk Lexicon Part 3: Neo-Noir

A private investigator walks down a dark alley. It may be 1946 or 2016. The year doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is the sense of helplessness and alienation that hangs in the air. Dread and passion co-exists. Memories of a pretty face filled with desperation.

Neo-Noir is the modern day heir to the classic noir of the 1940s and 50s. While Neo-Noir may not use the same cinematography as Film Noir, with its heavy emphasis on German Expressionism, it does contains the same sense of alienation, hopelessness moral ambiguity and desperation found in Film Noir while adding postmodern angst and often an existential search for meaning while living in a meaningless world.

Examples of Neo-Noir are:
L.A. Confidential

Blade Runner

Body Heat

Sin City

A great book on Neo-Noir is ‘The Philosophy of Neo-Noir’ edited by Mark T. Conrad.

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