Criterion Collection Themes - Noir and Neonoir

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Some call it a genre, others a movement, or even a fashion statement, but however one defines noir, with its signature femmes fatales, wisecracking tough guys, and dramatic, high-contrast cinematography, its appeal never seems to wane. Though its origins are in German expressionism and French crime films of the thirties, film noir has always been a distinctly American film movement, influenced and shaped as it was by American pulp fiction, wartime gender politics, and postwar nuclear anxieties. And since its forties and fifties heyday, the legacy of noir has spread everywhere—from Kurosawa (High and Low) to the French new wave (Alphaville) to the proliferation of “neonoirs” in the eighties (Coup de torchon) and nineties (Insomnia). Color may have seeped into noir’s rich gray palette over the years, but some things never change: anxiety, disillusionment, panic.

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  1. 1 new

    All Night Long

    1962, in 1 top list Check
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    Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution

    1965 — a.k.a. Alphaville, in 14 top lists Check
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    Der amerikanische Soldat

    1970 — a.k.a. The American Soldier, in 1 top list Check
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    L'armée des ombres

    1969 — a.k.a. Army of Shadows, in 17 top lists Check
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    Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru

    1960 — a.k.a. The Bad Sleep Well, in 5 top lists Check
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    Blast of Silence

    1961, in 3 top lists Check
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    Koroshi no rakuin

    1967 — a.k.a. Branded to Kill, in 8 top lists Check
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    À bout de souffle

    1960 — a.k.a. Breathless, in 28 top lists Check
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    Brute Force

    1947, in 3 top lists Check
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    Le cercle rouge

    1970 — a.k.a. Le Cercle Rouge, in 10 top lists Check
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    Classe tous risques

    1960 — a.k.a. Classe Tous Risques, in 3 top lists Check
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    Koruto wa ore no pasupooto

    1967 — a.k.a. A Colt Is My Passport, in 3 top lists Check
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    Coup de torchon

    1981 — a.k.a. Coup de Torchon, in 5 top lists Check
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    Kenjû zankoku monogatari

    1964 — a.k.a. Cruel Gun Story, in 1 top list Check
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    Le deuxième souffle

    1966 — a.k.a. Second Breath, in 6 top lists Check
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    Les diaboliques

    1955 — a.k.a. Diabolique, in 16 top lists Check
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    Le doulos

    1962 — a.k.a. Le Doulos, in 10 top lists Check
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    Yoidore tenshi

    1948 — a.k.a. Drunken Angel, in 4 top lists Check
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    Forbrydelsens element

    1984 — a.k.a. The Element of Crime, in 4 top lists Check
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    Ascenseur pour l'échafaud

    1958 — a.k.a. Elevator to the Gallows, in 9 top lists Check
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    Europa

    1991 — a.k.a. Zentropa, in 2 top lists Check
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    Following

    1998, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    1973, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Game

    1997, in 3 top lists Check
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    Götter der Pest

    1970 — a.k.a. Gods of the Plague, in 2 top lists Check
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    Tengoku to jigoku

    1963 — a.k.a. High and Low, in 14 top lists Check
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    The Hit

    1984, in 4 top lists Check
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    Homicide

    1991, in 2 top lists Check
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    Ore wa matteru ze

    1957 — a.k.a. I Am Waiting, in 1 top list Check
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    Insomnia

    1997, in 2 top lists Check
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    Aru kyôhaku

    1960 — a.k.a. Intimidation, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Killers

    1946, in 13 top lists Check
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    The Killers

    1964, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Killing

    1956, in 13 top lists Check
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    The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    1976, in 8 top lists Check
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    Kiss Me Deadly

    1955, in 19 top lists Check
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    The League of Gentlemen

    1960, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Long Good Friday

    1980, in 10 top lists Check
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    Liebe ist kälter als der Tod

    1969 — a.k.a. Love Is Colder Than Death, in 1 top list Check
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    Ministry of Fear

    1944, in 3 top lists Check
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    Mona Lisa

    1986, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Naked City

    1948, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Naked Kiss

    1964 — a.k.a. The Iron Kiss, in 4 top lists Check
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    Night and the City

    1950, in 10 top lists Check
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    Kawaita hana

    1964 — a.k.a. Pale Flower, in 5 top lists Check
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    Pickup on South Street

    1953, in 13 top lists Check
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    Du rififi chez les hommes

    1955 — a.k.a. Rififi, in 17 top lists Check
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    Sabita naifu

    1958 — a.k.a. Rusty Knife, in 1 top list Check
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    Sapphire

    1959, in 1 top list Check
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    Le samouraï

    1967 — a.k.a. Le Samouraï, in 18 top lists Check
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