To me the noir genre has always been an exciting and inspiring part of pop culture, obviously due to my age I wasn’t around for the original source marital but I was first exposed to the shadowy corners and chiselled jaws or noir by the early batman animated series.
At the time I was naive to it what it was that I liked so much about the imagery, The dark night (batman) is portrayed as a shadowy hero aloft an art-deco city full of flat cap wearing goons, the spirit of it all is a mysterious hero that works just outside the law doing what’s right the same spirit I found in the original pieces of the genre.
A perfect example of this is “the big combo” a 1955 American piece directed by Joseph H. Lewis with cinematography John Alton,
In “the big combo” Police Lt. Leonard Diamond goes on a personal mission to bring down gangster Mr. Brown. He also has a strange obsession with the suicidal girlfriend of Mr. Brown. His main objective as a detective is to uncover what happened to a woman called “Alicia” from the crime boss’s past.
This shadowy love triangle perfectly illustrates the sort of dark brooding imagery that runs throughout all noir and in short I love it!..