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Joan Bennett in publicity still for Scarlet Street (1945, dir. Fritz Lang) “Who do you think you are? My guardian angel?” “Not me, honey. I lost those wings a long time ago.”

I really like this film noir image because the backlighting has set a really long deformed figured shadow in front of the character which gives the scene a very mysterious effect.

from ReelRundown

Hollywood Gangster Films of the 1930s and 1940s

Again.. a cigarette and smoke can create the perfect Film Noir composition. I love the light on the Fedora hat. I shall be trying to emulate this sort of composition in my project.