Film noir is one of the most unique and stylish genre of film that we all continue to love. Expressionistic in manner, yet pessimistic, fatalist and menacing, film noir isn't just about the dark and brooding.
Here are some of film noir's best stills -- from "The Letter", "Cat People", "Reign of Terror", "The Stranger on the Third Floor", "Out of the Past", "Sunset Blvd.", "The Killing", "The Lady from Shanghai", "The Narrow Margin", "Touch of Evil", "Shadow of a Doubt", "Gun Crazy", "The Postman Always Rings Twice", "Detour", "Decoy", "The Spector of the Rose", "The Stranger", "The Blue Dahlia", "The Dark Mirror", and let's not forget the oeuvre of Alfred Hitchcock.
Without further ado, here are some stills grabbed from their reels.
You will notice how shadows play huge roles in setting the mood. There's always an air of mystery and ominous beckoning.
Can you name them all?
Images are from Film School Rejects.