Will Jacobs wrote:One film noir that I'm surprised wasn't mentioned would have to be Citizen Kane. The importance and mystery of Kane's last word before his death is discovered as we explore deep into his life. Its low angled, darkly-lit shots captured the mysterious tone of the film beautifully. Welles was an absolute genius in cinematic storytelling, and probably made the most influential film within filmmaking history.
I don't really have an absolute "favorite" noir film, but I would agree that Chinatown and Blade Runner are among the ones I love. Se7en is also a fantastic one as well.
Whoa boy, let's not get over excited by calling CItizen Kane probably the most influential film in filmmaking history. There's many
valid cases pointing to many other films and movements. Citizen Kane did three things- deep focus, long takes, and suggested the subjectivity of memory/narrative in a post modern way. Deep focus doesn't really emphasize or show reality since nobody's vision can actually see anything that way, and has rarely ever been emulated. Additionally, long takes was a method already frequently used in other films, but Kane somewhat popularized it. Last, Rashomon did this to a far more powerful degree a few years later. Arguably, Rashomon had a great influence on Western film than Citizen Kane, simply because it introduced the West to an entire arena of films that became a massive pool of features with huge influence, not including the multiple narrative technique Rashomon made famous.