• User


Matthew Sweet explores his rules of 1940s and 50s American film noir thrillers: *Choose a dame with no past and a hero with no future *Use no fiction but pulp fiction *See America through a stranger's eyes *Make it any colour as long as it's black *It ain't what you say, it's the way that you say it.

  1. Elaine Donnelly Pieper


  2. Matthew Sweet


Top Billed Cast

  1. Matthew Sweet

    Himself - Presenter

  2. Sheri Chinen Biesen

    Herself - Author, 'Blackout: World War II & the Origins of Film Noir'

  3. Neil Brand


  4. Sarah Churchwell


  5. Roger Deakins

    Roger Deakins


Full Cast & Crew

The Rules of Film Noir
The Rules of Film Noir



Status Released

Release Information

  • August 22, 2009


Original Language English

Runtime 1h 0m

Budget -

Revenue -



Content Score


Almost there...

Top Contributors

Popularity Trend

By signing up for an account on TMDb, you can post directly to Twitter and Facebook.

You need to be logged in to continue. Click here to login or here to sign up.


s focus the search bar
p open profile menu
esc close an open window
? open keyboard shortcut window

On media pages

b go back (or to parent when applicable)
e go to edit page

On TV season pages

(right arrow) go to next season
(left arrow) go to previous season

On TV episode pages

(right arrow) go to next episode
(left arrow) go to previous episode

On all image pages

a open add image window

On all edit pages

t open translation selector
ctrl+ s submit form

On discussion pages

n create new discussion
w toggle watching status
p toggle public/private
c toggle close/open
a open activity
r reply to discussion
l go to last reply
ctrl+ enter submit your message
(right arrow) next page
(left arrow) previous page