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Classic Film Noir Posters

Written by Christopher Alm • September 10th, 2009
Classic Film Noir Posters

Film noir was used to describe a particular type of Hollywood crime movies that was made popular in the 1940s and 1950s. It usually centered around murders, damsels in distress and private investigators and set in a heavy black and white contrast – creating the famous visual style with long shadows and very little light.

The term Film noir (dark film) was actually first used in 1946 when a French critic applied to it to describe the movies in America at that time. A guy that goes under the mysterious name Doctor Macro has scanned and retouched a huge bunch of posters and photographs of celebrities of the time and is presenting them in high resolution downloads on his website – so for more ‘femme fatales’ and mysterious men in hats, head over there straight away.

Christopher Alm

Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.

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  • These are great. I love film noir. These posters are ultra cool.

  • Good Information on Film Noir. I was looking at Dr. Macro’s selection. He has one of my favorite movies listed, although one doesn’t normally think of it as a film noir, but it was made in the spirit of film noir. It has actresss Shelly Winters and Lauren Bacall. Shelly and Lauren played in a number of Film Noir movies back in the 1940’s and 1950’s. I think they used the ladies as sort of a tribuite to the old standard Film Noir movies of years ago.

  • I have a myspace page and in the photos albums I’ve been downloading some movie posters of the different decades. This story gave me an idea for a couple of things. One; I created a separate album for Film Noir movies. Two; I haven’t done it yet, but I would like to write an article on the making of black and white movies. Filming black and white movies is somewhat different than filming in color…i.e. colors, lighting, etc.
    Years ago on TV there was a series called “Moonlighting” starring Bruce Willis and Cybil Sherppard. One episode they did was a tribute of the old Film Noir movies….filmed in black and white. They wanted that certain look and fell. At that time; most or all of the camera, lighting, set designers had retired or died. However, there were a few still around that were eager to help out. Most were in their late ’70’s or 80’s. I read the article in a lighting magazine years ago. I’m still hunting for the original story.


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