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  1. film noir
    IPA[ˌfilm ˈnwär]
  2. noun

    • 1. a style or genre of cinematographic film marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, and menace. The term was originally applied (by a group of French critics) to American thriller or detective films made in the period 1944–54 and to the work of directors such as Orson Welles, Fritz Lang, and Billy Wilder.

    • 2. a film marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, and menace.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: film noir, plural noun: films noirs