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Pulp noir is a subgenre influenced by various "noir" genres, as well as (as implied by its name) pulp fiction genres; particularly the hard-boiled genres which help give rise to film noir.[1] Pulp noir is marked by its use of classic noir techniques, but with urban influences. Various media include film, illustrations, photographs and videogames.

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In film

Whereas film noir directly involves characters living bleak existences to accomplish a goal with odds against them, pulp noir often portrays a grittier, one-man army. Typically, the main character has no distinguishing abilities, but can hold ground against seemingly impossible odds. Pulp noir locations are often seedy, run-down and degradated urban landscapes, where the lack of law, morals and even the proliferation of crime and drugs are common themes. Another common trend in pulp noir is the glorification and/or demonization of its urban locations.


In other media

Some illustrations and photographs are described as being pulp noir. Recently, some video games, such as the Max Payne third-person shooter series, have been portrayed in a film noir style, using heavy, gritty, dirty urban themes. SF Weekly journalist Matt Smith used the term to describe the act of "sprinting to the crime scene, skidding on my heels, and yelling at everyone and nobody in particular: 'Who's in charge here?'" [20]

See also


  1. ^ Influences of Film Noir - American Pulps
  2. ^ Black & White & Noir: American Pulp Modernism - Google Books (pgs.11-12)
  3. ^ a b c d e f Black & White & Noir: America's Pulp Modernism on JSTOR
  4. ^ a b c d e f g The Criterion Channel's November 2021 Lineup|Current|The Criterion Collection
  5. ^ Ten Great Movies for Placemakers —— Project for Public Spaces
  6. ^ 99 River Street - Trailers From Hell
  7. ^ a b The Paris Review - Revisiting "Pickup on South Street" - Paris Review
  8. ^ The Criterion Channel's July 2023 Lineup|Current|The Criterion Collection
  9. ^ How Orson Welles Recharged the Pulpy Crime Genre With ‘Touch of Evil’|Collider
  10. ^ Noir nightmare 'Shock Corridor' ramps up the pulp and reminds us: We're all a little wacky —— Film Noir Blonde
  11. ^ The Naked Kiss (1964)|Film Noir of the Week
  12. ^ a b c Bonnie and Clyde Movies: A History of the Criminal Duo in Film|Decider
  13. ^ Why 'Batman,' Not 'Star Wars,' Was The Box Office Blockbuster That Ruined Hollywood - Forbes
  14. ^ 15 June, 1990, an exceptionally unhinged day in Hollywood history - Little White Lies
  15. ^ Passionate About Pulp: Revisiting Dick Tracy (1990) - Criminal Element
  16. ^ Creating a Pulp and Noir Heroverse for the Big Screen - The Loftus Party
  17. ^ Sin City (2005) - Roger
  18. ^ Movie Review: What The Paperboy Says (Or Doesn't) About Sex in The South - D Magazine
  19. ^ Awesome Trailer for the Chinese Pulp Noir Gangster Thriller THE WILD GOOSE LAKE —— GeekTyrant
  20. ^ Noir You See It, Noir You Don't|Matt Smith|SF Weekly
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