Film Noir uses the same kinds of subject matter over and over – train stations, café’s, restaurants, shabby and luxurious, carry the history of their inhabitants.
Objects, things, fragments of décor, clocks, staircases, windows, frames, banisters, mirrors, create images of entrapment. Like the city itself, locations are charged with mystery and menace. This is achieved with high contrast black & white lighting often against the light (contre-jour). Tight framing is often used, reflections in mirrors, unusual angles. Space is sliced up and seems to close in upon the characters. Extreme close-ups, low angles, high angles and oblique, off-centre angles, the high angle overhead is the most frequently used reducing the characters in size and underlining their vulnerability in the big city.