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Film noir imagery

Through these mean streets . . .

City streets, especially at night. This from Odds Against Tomorrow.

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Oncoming cars - or even trains

The eyes of headlights, coming at you. This from On Dangerous Ground.

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Dark foregrounds, lighted backgrounds

Living in the dark, looking out at the light. This from The Sniper.

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A lamp in the foreground

But will it shed any light? This from The Woman in the Window

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Shadows and Silhouettes

Noir by name, noir by nature. This from Human Desire.

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Light and Shade

The chiaroscuro of a shadowy world. This from Ministry of Fear.

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Shadowed faces

The character, like the face, is only partly revealed. This from He Walks by Night.

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Back to camera

We look over a character’s shoulder. This from He Ran All the Way.

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Deep perspective

and strong diagonals. This from The Breaking Point

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Staircases

and strong diagonals. This from Ministry of Fear

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High angles

and strong diagonals. This from He Ran All the Way

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Paintings and images

Truth or illusion? This from The Woman in the Window

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Legs

Crossed or uncrossed, there’s danger in them thar limbs. This from Born to Kill

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