#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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RELATEDNIGHTCRAWLERBlurred lines
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RELATEDGOLDSTONEAn impressive piece of Australian noir
RELATEDBASIC INSTINCT25 years of the erotic thriller
RELATEDWIND RIVERLeaves you cold
RELATEDBLADE RUNNER 2049A visionary sequel
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RELATEDSAMUI SONGA twisty, noir-ish exploration of female identity in Thailand
RELATEDWRATH OF SILENCEAction-filled mystery and scathing social critique
RELATEDA SIMPLE FAVOURBrazen melodrama proves the right amount of flavoursome
RELATEDWIDOWSA captivating thriller beyond measure
RELATEDDESTROYERA gritty, damaging neo-noir
RELATEDUNDER THE SILVER LAKENot so deep
RELATEDDRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETEA hypnotically violent and excessive crime flick
RELATEDDREAMLANDSurrealist noir
RELATEDLONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHTArt and technology meet in a dream-like film noir
RELATEDLOCUSTSA low-key, low-down thriller
RELATEDTHE WILD GOOSE LAKESupremely stylish neon-noir
RELATEDMOTHERLESS BROOKLYNA neo-noir set in 1950s New York
RELATEDBURNING KISSBaroque, eye-catching Australian neo-noir
RELATEDSORRY, WRONG NUMBERAn inventive slice of 1940s film noir
TRENDINGWIN SIX MINUTES TO MIDNIGHTAn astonishing real-life tale
TRENDINGPOCAHONTAS25 years later, the colours of the wind are fading
TRENDINGTHE VIOLIN PLAYERSex and strings
TRENDINGPALM BEACHAussie dream cast, unwelcoming dinner party
TRENDINGTHE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORNControversial, unsettling and intelligent science-fiction
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