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Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:23 am
Steve Morse wrote:I don't quite know why this question has come into my head, but it has ! Is King Creole a genuine film noir ?
To me, it certainly has quite a few of the ingredients : a gangster and his moll ; crime and an innocent man caught up in it ; a heavy rainstorm after dark ; a 'good' girl ; betrayal and a chase ; and great, sometimes stark, lighting.
Some would say the musical interludes disqualify the film but I don't think they do as they're part of the story and I'm sure there's been music in some classic film noir films.
However, I'm no expert on the genre yet I believe some on this board are . . .
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So, where does that leave King Creole? Well film noir is not necessarily about theme, but much more about look - most notably one that encompasses a world of low lighting, shadows, skewed camera angles etc. In other words, a filmic look ultimately inspired by German expressionism of the 1920s, but actually often used in the first instance to cover up budget restraints. Michael Curtiz, the director of KC, was, of course, Hungarian, but worked in both Germany and Austria during the 1920s, and so we could suggest that he was influenced by such things in the same way as Fritz Lang and others were - and made an undisputed classic of film noir, Mildred Pierce (1945).
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Sun Jul 14, 2013 11:33 am
dannyboy1 wrote:Great question and many great answers!
Sun Jul 14, 2013 11:40 am
drjohncarpenter wrote:"King Creole" has some of the visual aspects of a film noir, but it's not part of the genre.
List of film noir titles
Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:17 pm
rjm wrote: Some critics insist that some noir classics HAVE had happy endings.
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