Film Noir: the Era of Realism

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Not only did World War II expose Hollywood to new cinematic techniques but it also impacted the genre in a social sense. Film Noir was heavily influenced by the social conditions of the time and focused on the changing role of women. It reflected what women were becoming in society, how the war had given them the opportunity to become more independent and assertive. It portrayed two different roles of women. The first role displayed the “Good woman” and reinstated the position of a traditional woman who stuck by her husband. The other challenged the typical stereotype of women and was often more dominant out of the two, this woman was commonly known as the Femme Fatale. The Femme Fatale provided society with an image of a powerful woman, who used her sexuality in order to gain her independence. She was seen as confident and became an inspiration to women who felt constrained by the restrictions laid by society. By reflecting this change, film noir became more relatable and were inspiring a movement of independence among women. Film noir changed the film industry by adapting influences that had been exposed to them due to the war and using these influences to progress through attitudes and cinematic techniques. By portraying a sense of realism, audiences of America were able to appreciate this great genre. A genre that in 1946 held two thirds of the US population, which was over 100 million, on the edge of their seats should be a genre that is widely acknowledged. Film Noir: The Era of Realism Stories have always been a comfort for us as individuals, there is no limit to how imaginative the story can be. These stories reflect not only the dreams of a person, but also contain a meaning which relates to our everyday lives. From the late 1800’s through to the 1900’s a new era was introduced, an era where people were given the opportunity to see their hopes and

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