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Roll over lower image to see original. Film noir is a cinematic term used primarily to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those that emphasize cynical attitudes and sexual motivations. Hollywood's classic film noir period is generally regarded as extending from the early 1940s to the late 1950s. Film noir of this era is associated with a low-key black-and-white visual style that has roots in German Expressionist cinematography. The stories and attitude of classic noir derive from the hardboiled school of crime fiction that emerged in the U.S. during the Depression. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

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