Typical aspects of the film noir genre-

Setting of 1940-1950s

Crime film, usually murder, is an element of almost all films noir


standard-issue greed, jealousy is frequently the criminal motivation.

A crime investigation


Stylish Hollywood Crime Dramas

Sexual Motivations

Low Key Lighting

Black and White visual style


Unusually convoluted story lines, frequently involving flashbacks and other editing techniques that disrupt and sometimes obscure the narrative sequence

Voiceover narration, sometimes used as a structuring device, came to be seen as a noir hallmark

Bold experiments in cinematic storytelling were sometimes attempted

Protagonists are implicated in heists or con games, or in murderous conspiracies often involving adulterous affairs.

False suspicions and accusations of crime are frequent plot elements, as are betrayals and double-crosses.

Assume the literal identities of dead men in nearly fifteen percent of all noir.” amnesia is fairly frequent

Revolve around heroes who are more flawed and morally questionable than the norm

Archetypal characters appear in many films noir—hardboiled detectives, femme fatales, corrupt policemen, jealous husbands, intrepid claims adjusters , and down-and-out writers

Bars, lounges, nightclubs, and gambling dens are frequently the scene of action.

Visually complex, often industrial settings, such as refineries, factories, trainyards, power plants

Essentially pessimistic. The noir stories that are regarded as most characteristic tell of people trapped in unwanted situations (which, in general, they did not cause but are responsible for exacerbating), striving against random, uncaring fate, and frequently doomed. The films are seen as depicting a world that is inherently corrupt.

Relations of classic noir to Memento-

Murder of protagonist’s wife, under cover police and drug dealer

Bars, lounges, urban hotel room and an abandoned factory were used as some of the film’s locations

There was greed in taking advantage of the Teddy’s condition with officer, Lenny and Natalie to suit their needs, also with Natalie envious of Teddy’s post married life.

Black and white scene were uses as flashbacks representing the direction of the narrative

Unwanted situation with the memory loss

Sad, bleak thoughts about losing his wife and the ambiguity of this being the reason to murder the killer out of spite and revenge

First person narrating by Teddy

Guns and cars


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