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Its Noirvember!


November 01, 2023

Its the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Noirvember

November.1.2023 -Ace Hartmann

As November rolls around, the air is getting a bit colder and daylight lasts alot less, especially here in Seattle. What better time to cozy up with a warm blanket and a great 'Noir'. November is the perfect time for film enthusiasts and lovers of the classic film genre known as, film noir have a special reason to celebrate. This annual tradition known as "Noirvember" pays homage to the iconic black-and-white crime dramas and mysteries that dominated the silver screen during the 1940s and 1950s. Whether you're a die-hard fan of film noir or someone just looking to dip their toes into the world of dark, suspenseful cinema, Noirvember is the perfect opportunity to explore this captivating genre. In this article, we'll delve into what Noirvember is all about and where you can stream classic film noir movies on various online platforms.

What is Noirvember?

Noirvember is a month-long celebration of film noir, a genre characterized by its dark and atmospheric style, morally ambiguous characters, and complex, suspenseful narratives. It was coined by cinephile and blogger Marya E. Gates and has gained popularity on social media in recent years. The objective of Noirvember is to encourage film lovers to explore and appreciate classic film noir and share their experiences with others.

Film noir emerged during the 1940s and 1950s in Hollywood and quickly became known for its distinctive visual elements, including stark lighting, deep shadows, and a gritty urban atmosphere. These films often revolve around themes of crime, corruption, betrayal, and the darker aspects of human nature.

Where to Watch Film Noir

Thankfully, many streaming services offer an excellent selection of classic film noir titles that you can enjoy during Noirvember. Here are some popular streaming platforms that feature a solid collection of film noir classics:

  1. Noir Alley on TCM: Saturdays at midnight on TCM: Noir Alley join host Eddie Muller, the Czar of Noir, President of Film Noir Foundation, Writer, Film Historian, Author (Eddie Muller's Noir Bar, Dark City, The Art of Noir) and the Host of Noir City, ther worlds most popular film noir festival.
  2. Amazon Prime Video: Amazon Prime Video offers a variety of classic film noir titles for its subscribers. You can find gems like "The Maltese Falcon" and "Double Indemnity" within their library. You can also rent or purchase specific titles if they are not included with your Prime membership.

  3. Netflix: Netflix may not have the most extensive selection of classic film noir, but it still has a few noteworthy titles, such as "The Third Man" and "Mildred Pierce."

  4. Max:  Max is home to a diverse range of film noir classics. You can watch iconic films like "Chinatown" and "Kiss Me Deadly" alongside a wide selection of other noir-inspired content.

  5. Criterion Channel: If you're a fan of classic cinema, the Criterion Channel is a treasure trove of film noir. This dedicated service offers a curated collection of the finest film noir titles, including some rare and hard-to-find classics.

  6. TCM on Max: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) offers a selection of film noir titles that you can access through HBO Max. It's a fantastic resource for those who appreciate classic Hollywood cinema.

  7. Kanopy: If you have a library card, you may have access to Kanopy, a streaming service that offers a diverse range of classic and independent films, including many film noir titles.

  8. YouTube: While not a traditional streaming service, YouTube features a variety of classic film noir titles that are often available for rent or purchase. It's a great option if you're looking for a specific film that may not be on other platforms.

Noirvember is the perfect time to immerse yourself in the captivating world of film noir. The genre's unique blend of suspense, intrigue, and visual artistry continues to influence modern cinema and storytelling. With streaming services offering a wide range of classic film noir titles, you can easily explore this evocative genre from the comfort of your home. So, dim the lights, grab some popcorn, and let the shadows of film noir envelop you during this Noirvember.

In many different ways Racketeer Radio KFQX will be celebrating Noirvember all month long!

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