#NOIRVEMBER

A MONTH-LONG CELEBRATION OF THE SHADOWY WORLD OF FILM NOIR

FILM FEATURE
By Jake Watt
7th November 2020

If you're a film buff, you know November becomes "Noirvember," a month-long celebration of the thrilling, shadowy world of film noir. Film fans on social media have been putting on their trench coats and hats to document their film noir journeys under #Noirvember, highlighting the best and worst of a genre that defined the 1940s, saw a brief resurgence in the '90s, and still endures today (as neo-noir).

These films focus on morally ambiguous characters, private eyes and femme fatales. An emphasis on crime, greed, and fate were established. Aesthetically, the films were noted for their interplay of fog and shadow and use of techniques established during the German Expressionism movement.

Looking for an entry point into the genre? SWITCH has collected its reviews of neo-noirs (and films inspired by classic noir techniques) from all over the world.

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