Film Noir: the Dark Side of Hollywood

Film noir is not an exclusively American phenomenon even in its classic period: the best-known example of European film noir is Orson Welles' The Third Man (1949); six years later, Jules Dassin made the influential heist film Du Rififi chez les Hommes in France. 1955). And in the 1970s and 1980s, filmmakers such as Robert Altman, Alan J. Pakula and the Coen Brothers rediscovered the genre in neo noir films such as The Long Goodbye (1973), Klute (1971) and Miller's Crossing (1990).