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DefinitionNeo noir means new noir.
Neo-noir is a term given to the modern trend of incorporating aspects of film noir into films of other genres. Similarly, the term can be applied to other works of fiction that incorporate these elements.
Although there have arguably been no new major films in the classic film noir genre since the early 1960s, the genre has had significant impact on other genres. These films usually incorporate both thematic elements, such as the character trapped in a situation and making choices out of desperation or nihilistic moral systems, and visual elements, such as low-key lighting. As film noir can be seen as an early parallel to independent films (given the lack of attention that studios paid to many noir projects) it is fitting that many neo-noir films are also independent.
Works that can be described as neo-noir include dystopian films such as Soylent Green, particularly 1980s cyberpunk, such as Blade Runner. Some more recent examples from this genre include 8mm, Fargo, Se7en, The Grifters, L.A. Confidential, Pulp Fiction, Streets of Fire, The Usual Suspects, Memento, Miller's Crossing, Reservoir Dogs, Sin City, Dark City, and Brick. The trend has surfaced in television series as well, including shows, such as Miami Vice of the 1980s, Batman: The Animated Series of the 1990s, and Veronica Mars of the 2000s.
A hybrid between film noir and cyberpunk is also called Tech-noir such as seen in Blade Runner. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neo-noir [Sept 2006]
Neo noir films
- Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid -- a parody pastiche by Steve Martin using footage from old films, black and white.
- Play It Again, Sam -- a parody tribute by Woody Allen.
- Blue Velvet
- Point Blank (1967)
- Klute (1971)
- The Long Goodbye (1973) -- Altman's post-noir take.
- Chinatown (1974)
- Night Moves (1975)
- Taxi Driver (1976)
- Body Heat (1981) -- remake of Double Indemnity
- Blade Runner (1982) -- science fiction noir
- Blood Simple (1983)
- Reservoir Dogs (1992)
- The Last Seduction (1994)
- L.A. Confidential (1997)
- Lost Highway (1997)
- A Simple Plan (1998)
- The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
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