film-noir

film noir

[nwahr]
noun
a motion picture with an often grim urban setting, photographed in somber tones and permeated by a feeling of disillusionment, pessimism, and despair.

Origin:
1955–60; < French: literally, black film

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film noir (nwɑː)
 
n
a gangster thriller, made esp in the 1940s in Hollywood characterized by contrasty lighting and often somewhat impenetrable plots
 
[C20: French, literally: black film]

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film noir
1958, from Fr. film noir, lit. "black film."
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