Do You Know Noir Well?

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Film noir is a cinematic terminology used primarily to describe the Hollywood crime drama, specifically those which stress contemptuous dispositions and sexual appeals. Hollywood has had its classical film noir period, which is generally regarded as extending from the early 1940s to the late 1950s. It is associated with black-and-white visual style.


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  • 1. 

    Hollywood's classical film noir period is generally regarded as extending from the .... to ....

    • A.

      1940s to 1950s

    • B.

      1950s to 1960s

    • C.

      1960s to 1970s

    • D.

      1970s to 1980s

    Correct Answer
    A. 1940s to 1950s
    Explanation
    During the classical film noir period, Hollywood produced a significant number of films that were characterized by their dark and pessimistic themes, low-key lighting, and morally ambiguous characters. This period is generally regarded as extending from the 1940s to the 1950s, as this was when the majority of the iconic film noirs were released. These films, such as "Double Indemnity" (1944) and "The Maltese Falcon" (1941), helped establish the genre and its distinctive style. The 1940s and 1950s were a time when Hollywood embraced this dark and atmospheric storytelling, making it the correct answer.

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  • 2. 

    The term film noir first applied to Hollywood films by French critic called ....

    • A.

      Mark Bould

    • B.

      Spike Lee

    • C.

      Harvey Weinstein

    • D.

      Nino Frank

    Correct Answer
    D. Nino Frank
    Explanation
    Nino Frank was a French film critic who first applied the term "film noir" to Hollywood films. He popularized the term in his 1946 article in the magazine L'Écran français, where he described a new trend in American crime films characterized by dark and pessimistic themes, low-key lighting, and morally ambiguous characters. His article helped establish the term "film noir" in film criticism and has been widely used ever since to describe a specific genre of films.

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  • 3. 

    The term Film Noir first applied to Hollywood films by French critic Nino Frank in what year?

    • A.

      1946

    • B.

      1980

    • C.

      1976

    • D.

      1988

    Correct Answer
    A. 1946
    Explanation
    In 1946, the term "Film Noir" was first used to describe Hollywood films by French critic Nino Frank. This term refers to a genre of movies characterized by dark and cynical themes, often featuring crime, corruption, and moral ambiguity. The term became widely recognized and popularized in the years following its initial usage.

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  • 4. 

    The .... and .... are generally regarded as the "classic period" of American film noir.?

    • A.

      1910s and 1920s

    • B.

      1920s and 1930s

    • C.

      1900s and 1910s

    • D.

      1940s and 1950s

    Correct Answer
    D. 1940s and 1950s
    Explanation
    The 1940s and 1950s are generally regarded as the "classic period" of American film noir. During this time, there was a significant increase in the production of film noir movies, which were characterized by their dark and moody atmosphere, morally ambiguous characters, and themes of crime and corruption. Some of the most iconic and influential film noir movies were released during this period, such as "Double Indemnity" (1944), "The Maltese Falcon" (1941), and "Sunset Boulevard" (1950). These films helped establish the conventions and style of the film noir genre, making the 1940s and 1950s an important period in its development.

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  • 5. 

    The neo-noir film genre developed mid-way into the ....

    • A.

      Cold War

    • B.

      Civil War

    • C.

      World War 1

    • D.

      World War 2

    Correct Answer
    A. Cold War
    Explanation
    The neo-noir film genre developed mid-way into the Cold War because the political and social climate of the time greatly influenced the themes and aesthetics of the genre. The Cold War era was marked by paranoia, suspicion, and a sense of moral ambiguity, which are all key elements of neo-noir films. The genre often explored themes of corruption, disillusionment, and the blurred line between good and evil, reflecting the anxieties and uncertainties of the Cold War period. Additionally, the gritty and dark visual style of neo-noir films was influenced by the film noir genre of the 1940s and 1950s, which also emerged during the same historical context.

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  • 6. 

    Which country experienced a vibrant film noir period from roughly 1946 to 1952, which was around the same time film noir was blossoming in the United States?

    • A.

      France

    • B.

      Russia

    • C.

      Mexico

    • D.

      Denmark

    Correct Answer
    C. Mexico
    Explanation
    During the period from 1946 to 1952, Mexico experienced a vibrant film noir period. This was happening at the same time film noir was flourishing in the United States. Mexico's film industry, known as Mexican Golden Age cinema, produced a number of dark and atmospheric films during this time, often featuring crime, corruption, and moral ambiguity. These Mexican film noirs were influenced by the American style but also incorporated elements of Mexican culture and society. This period marked a significant contribution to the film noir genre by Mexico.

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  • 7. 

    During the classic period, there were many films produced in Europe, particularly in ....?

    • A.

      Mexico

    • B.

      France

    • C.

      Belgium

    • D.

      Denmark

    Correct Answer
    B. France
    Explanation
    During the classic period, France was a prominent hub for film production in Europe. It was known for its influential and innovative filmmakers such as Jean Renoir and François Truffaut. French cinema during this time period was characterized by its artistic and intellectual approach, often exploring social and political themes. The French film industry was highly regarded internationally and produced many acclaimed films that have had a lasting impact on the history of cinema.

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  • 8. 

    The clichés of film noir have inspired parody since the .....?

    • A.

      Mid-1920s

    • B.

      Mid-1950s

    • C.

      Mid-1980s

    • D.

      Mid-1940s

    Correct Answer
    D. Mid-1940s
    Explanation
    The clichés of film noir were most likely to have inspired parody since the mid-1940s. Film noir emerged as a genre in the 1940s, characterized by its dark and cynical themes, atmospheric lighting, and morally ambiguous characters. As the genre gained popularity, it also became a target for parody, with filmmakers and comedians poking fun at its tropes and conventions. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that the mid-1940s is the correct answer as it aligns with the emergence of film noir and the subsequent inspiration for parody.

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  • 9. 

    Film noirs, especially those of the .... are often said to reflect cultural paranoia.

    • A.

      1950s

    • B.

      1960s

    • C.

      1970s

    • D.

      1980s

    Correct Answer
    A. 1950s
    Explanation
    Film noirs, especially those of the 1950s, are often said to reflect cultural paranoia. This is because during this time period, there was a heightened sense of fear and anxiety in society, particularly due to the Cold War and the Red Scare. The films of the 1950s often depicted themes of suspicion, distrust, and moral ambiguity, which mirrored the prevailing cultural climate. The dark and gritty visual style of film noirs also added to the sense of unease and paranoia, making the 1950s a particularly fitting era for this genre to flourish.

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  • 10. 

    Many films released from the ..... onward share attributes with film noirs of the classical period, and often treat its conventions self-referentially.

    • A.

      1960s

    • B.

      1990s

    • C.

      1920s

    • D.

      1980s

    Correct Answer
    A. 1960s
    Explanation
    During the 1960s, many films were released that shared attributes with film noirs of the classical period. These films often treated the conventions of film noir in a self-referential manner. This means that they acknowledged and referenced the stylistic and narrative elements commonly associated with film noir. The 1960s films may have incorporated the use of chiaroscuro lighting, morally ambiguous characters, and complex plotlines, among other noir characteristics. By doing so, these films paid homage to the classical film noir era while also adding their own modern twist.

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