1. Noir Films
From researching famous Noir films, I was able to gain knowledge on
elements of noir and how their films are created. Once I knew the
repertoire of elements, this helped me in creating my own plot for my
Noir Trailer because it allowed me to pick elements that I liked, and bring
them all together to form one, very noir trailer.
Double Indemnity (1944) - Directedby Billy Wilder
In Double Indemnity, a salesman in insurance called Walter Neff meets
the wife of one of his clients. Both him and Phyllis (the wife of the client)
have an affair. Phyllis decides she wants her husband dead in order to
gain accident insurance money. Walter comes up with a way that allows
them to get double the pay out, based on a double indemnity cause.
2. The Maltese Falcon(1941) - Directedby John Huston
Sam Spade, is a partner of a detective agency. Though he finds himself
hounded by the police after his partner was killed investigating a man.
Because Spadedoes not get along with his partner very well, the police
see motive for him wanting rid of his partner. The girl who asked his
partner to investigate/follow the man is not who she says she is, and is
really involved in the 'Maltese Falcon' - a gold encrusted life size statue
of a falcon.
3. A Touch of Evil (1958) - Directedby OrsonWelles.
Mexican Narcotics officer Mike Vargas, is interrupted from his
honeymoon, when an American building contractor is killed by
a bomb placed in his car. He was killed on the US side of the border, but
the bomb was obviously planted on the Mexican border. Vargas must
soontestify against Grandi, a drug lord who's brother and sons are
tracking him. Hoping to scare him off the case, the bomb kills the U.S
rich developer, Vargas involves himself in the investigation. American
Chief Police, Hank, is in charge of the investigation as the murder
happened on the US side of the border. However, Mike Vargas
participates as observer because he finds out that the Mexican citizen
Sanchez is the prime suspect.
4. Kiss Me Deadly (1955) – Directed by RobertAldrich
Tough L.A. private eye Mike Hammer gives a ride to Christina, a
frightened young woman he finds running along the road one night. His
car is run off the road by unseen thugs. Hammer is knocked out and
Christina is tortured in an unsuccessfulattempt to get information from
her. They are put back into Hammer's car which then is forced off a cliff.
Hammer wakes up in the hospital. Velda, his trusty secretary, informs
him that Christina is dead. Pat Chambers, Mike's policeman friend, tells
him to stay off the case, but Mike thinks it might be a big story--meaning
big money for him--because the FBI is interested. He, Velda, and Nick,
his garage mechanic friend, start investigating in hopes of finding out
why Christina was killed.