This upcoming April will mark the third annual TCM Classic Film Festival. Information regarding which stars will be appearing has been slow to come, but this week several names were given. An excerpt from the TCM site states, “The central theme of the 2012 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival will be a celebration of style in the movies, from fashion to architecture to production design. The theme will touch on both the influence that movies have on popular styles and the impact that current trends have on the movies. Whether it’s the look of a film’s sets, costumes, title design or movie poster, this theme will put the Hollywood aesthetic in whole new light.” Many of the films that are going to be presented fall under the genre of film noir. Three of the leading ladies of countless films from this genre will be at the festival to introduce different movies. The ladies I am referring to are none other than Rhonda Fleming, Peggy Cummins, and Marsha Hunt.
Film noir is a genre possessing a rather vague physical description. This is due to the fact that it is hard to formulate words for a specific feeling that is generated. Generally, it can be characterized as having a dark, mysterious plot, often involving a narrator, femme fatale and obvious sexual tension. When these elements are combined artfully, it creates an atmosphere that is filled with suspense, drama and emotion. The men and women who star in these films, often bring the depths of their characters to life, showing the flaws that exist within human nature.