The reason I called my blog ‘Noir’, was because I’m a huge fan of ‘film noir’ and black and white films of that period, hence the black and white photography.
Interestingly the men and women wore makeup in those films…and I find it both fascinating and amazing. It makes the men’s faces look so smooth.
I also watch the films again and again…as I don’t ever get sick of them.
Every film, I can’t help look at the lighting, and the composition….but also the mood/tone (story) is also noir.
The light is always first thing in the morning or late afternoon. This creates the long shadows.
The other thing I always notice about films of that era is, the men don’t have genitals. The trousers are made/cut to NOT show any sign of male genitalia. Even the scenes where they are in pajamas…nothing… so no tight jeans to be found. LOL But the women are very beautiful and sexy.
This depicts the morality and the values of the times of the 40s & 50s.
Whoever went to the movies with any regularity during 1946 was caught in the midst of Hollywood’s profound postwar affection for morbid drama. From January through December deep shadows, clutching hands, exploding revolvers, sadistic villains and heroines tormented with deeply rooted diseases of the mind flashed across the screen in a panting display of psychoneurosis, unsublimated sex and murder most foul.
Donald Marshman, Life (August 25, 1947)
It’s a time that has gone…….will no longer return…..so at least we have is the films and the photos.