If we talk about noir cinema or to put aptly neo-noir,we think of movies like the China Town, made by Roman Polonski in 70s era just two years earlier ,happened the infamous Watergate scandal. This movie was loosely based on the scandal that made the then President of the United States to step down with the public apology,a scandal that shook the trust’s of the millions of the American people.
Noir cinema is made in a way that makes your belief system take a rethinking or may make you shudder in horror or pain.
It could make a Mafioso boss played by Al Pacino appear dashing hero although he is not and later as the Godfather trilogy takes its course, in one scene he appears broken man ,who has just lost almost everything he held precious. The elements of a hardcore noir film traditionally includes dark alleys,broken shards of glasses,fedaros,bowler’s hat and long overcoat donned by the bosses of the crime world.
Martin Scorsese is a master of noir cinema , his collaboration with Robert De Niro is a ‘thing’ worth talking about in all its speculation.The two teamed up together and made some true cinematic masterpiece ,definitely these movies are for people who do possess an eye for ‘real’ cinema. De Niro drove taxis in ‘real life’ for a while to do the role of a taxi driver in the movie of the same title.Raging Bull is biopic of the boxer Jack Lamota, the cinema audiences were awestruck, so were the jury members of the Academy awards by the impeccable portrayal of an Italian- American boxer.
In general noir cinema talks about the not good or bad but the ugly aspects of the city life that makes men from the town vulnerable and later drives them to their ruin or self destruction in the form of karma.
It beautifully tells about the underbelly of the city life that lures innocence of small places, turns them the anti-hero ,only to make the faulter,to make them understand what is life usually with bullets inside their bodies ,on their deathbed, wondering and musing on life.