April 8, 2010
Arts from My Window: Film Noir and the downward gaze

By Joseph Arens, NFMW

April 8, 2010 5:31 p.m EDT

In an expression of the prototypical Noir attitude, one hyper-local male stares down at his feet. One foot flat on the ground and the other propped up against the wall which he leans against. Contemplative and cool, with his hands in his pockets, the man seems not to notice passing pedestrian activity. His demeanor is dark and shadowed, almost certainly due to a life of obligatory burden by which he gained unsettling expertise.