Neo-noir is a modern or contemporary motion picture rendition of film noir. The term film noir was applied to crime movies of the 1940s and 1950s, most produced in the United States, which have an 1920s/1930s Art Deco visual environment.
Angel Wicky is a great example of how to take this dark, sinister genre to the present day – spiking it with eroticism and adapting it to the latest available technology – such as Virtual Reality (VR).
It meant dark movie, indicating a sense of something sinister and shadowy, but also expressing a general style of cinematography.
The film noir genre includes stylish Hollywood crime dramas, often with a twisted dark wit.
Neo-noir has a similar style but with updated themes, content, style, visual elements or media.
Neo noir meets the erotic
Eroticism from the Greek eros—”desire” is a quality that causes sexual feelings, as well as a philosophical contemplation concerning the aesthetics of sexual desire, sensuality and romantic love.
That quality may be found in any form of artwork, including painting, sculpture, photography, drama, film, music or literature. It may also be found in advertising.
Dita Von Teese and Marilyn Manson – the perfect neo-noir erotic duo
The term may also refer to a state of sexual arousal or anticipation of such – an insistent sexual impulse, desire, or pattern of thoughts.
As French novelist Honoré de Balzac stated,
“eroticism is dependent not just upon an individual’s sexual morality, but also the culture and time in which an individual resides.”
Lars von Trier (born Lars Trier; 30 April 1956) is a Danish film director and screenwriter.
His work is known for its genre and technical innovation, confrontational examination of existential, social, and political issues and his treatment of subjects such as mercy, sacrifice, and mental health.
His stark and rough-around-the-edges cinematography bears resemblance to neo-noir style of film-making.
City of Sin – VR Adult take on the original
Sin City is a 2005 American neo-noir crime anthology film written, produced, and directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. It is based on Miller’s graphic novel of the same name.
Much of the film is based on the first, third, and fourth books in Miller’s original comic series. The Hard Goodbye is about a man who embarks on a brutal rampage in search of his one-time sweetheart’s killer, killing anyone, even the police, that gets in his way of finding and killing her murderer.
The Big Fat Kill focuses on an everyman getting caught in a street war between a group of prostitutes and a group of mercenaries, the police and the mob.
That Yellow Bastard follows an aging police officer who protects a young woman from a grotesquely disfigured serial killer.
The intro and outro of the film are based on the short story “The Customer is Always Right” which is collected in Booze, Broads & Bullets, the sixth book in the comic series.
Eroticism + neo-noir + VR
In a parody to the original, filmed fr VR audiences, Wendy (played by Shrima Malati) and Marv meet. The red dress and heels, the crimson-red lipstick – all make her irresistible to him.
She is fond of his black suit. Next thing she knows she is blissfully pressed against the wall. Impatient hot French kisses offer a strong hint of what’s to come. She goes down on him, sucking his large member, which is followed by raw intercourse.
Now she wants him to taste her. He feels obliged to lick her until she lets out moans of pleasure. Next, he uses his fingers to gently caress her, prepping her for even more arousal.
He is not stopping until pleasure permeates every square inch of her body. Even more thunderous love-making follows as animal instincts take over.
She sends her luscious lips to meet up with his. He is her one true hero and now she knows that they were made for each other.
Mata Hari – neo-noir way before VR
Margaretha Geertruida “Margreet” MacLeod 7 August 1876 – 15 October 1917, better known by the stage name Mata Hari was a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy for Germany during World War I and executed by firing squad in France.
The below photo shows various identification documents of Margaretha Zelle, also known as Mata Hari, are on display at the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden, Netherlands.
By 1905, Mata Hari began to win fame as an exotic dancer. She was a contemporary of dancers Isadora Duncan and Ruth St. Denis, leaders in the early modern dance movement, which around the turn of the 20th century looked to Asia and Egypt for artistic inspiration.
Promiscuous, flirtatious, and openly flaunting her body, Mata Hari captivated her audiences and was an overnight success from the debut of her act at the Musée Guimet on 13 March 1905.
In retrospect, her flirtatious style of performing and directness at a time when it was not expected of a female has rightfully earned her the title of the Princess of what is to become the neo-noir erotic aesthetic.
Marie Magdalene “Marlene” Dietrich 27 December 1901 – 6 May 1992) was a German actress and singer who held both German and American citizenship.
Throughout her long career, which spanned from the 1910s to the 1980s, she continually reinvented herself.
Dita Von Teese (born Heather Renée Sweet September 28, 1972) is an American vedette, burlesque dancer, model, costume designer, entrepreneur, singer, and actress. She is credited with re-popularizing burlesque performance, earning the moniker “Queen of Burlesque”.
Eroticism to the grave
During World War I, the Netherlands remained neutral. As a Dutch subject, Zelle was thus able to cross national borders freely.
Mata Hari continued to travel, which brought her to the attention of the counterespionage world. The fall of 1915 found her in The Hague, where the exotic dancer was paid a visit by Karl Kroemer, the honorary German consul of Amsterdam.
He offered her 20,000 francs—equivalent to $61,000 in today’s currency—to spy for Germany.
She accepted the funds, which she viewed as repayment for her furs, jewels, and money the Germans had seized when war broke out. Even so, she did not accept the job.
During the war, Zelle was involved in what was described as a very intense romantic-sexual relationship with a Russian pilot serving with the French, the 23-year-old Captain Vadim Maslov, whom she called the love of her life.
Maslov was part of the 50,000 strong Russian Expeditionary Force sent to the Western Front in the spring of 1916.
In the summer of 1916, Maslov was shot down and badly wounded during a dogfight with the Germans, losing his sight in both eyes, which led Zelle to ask for permission to visit her wounded lover at the hospital where he was staying near the front.
As a citizen of a neutral country, Zelle would not normally be allowed near the front. Zelle was met by agents from the Deuxième Bureau who told her that she would only be allowed to see Maslov if she agreed to spy for France.
By late January 1917 it was becoming clearer that Mata Hari was being played by the French officer Ladoux. He also had not paid her. She had not heard from Massloff in some time and was worried that he had again been wounded.
She was running out of money and moved to increasingly cheaper hotels in the French capital. On February 12, 1917, a warrant for Mata Hari’s arrest was issued on the grounds that she was a German spy.
On 13 February 1917, Mata Hari was arrested in her room at the Hotel Elysée Palace on the Champs Elysées in Paris. She was put on trial on 24 July, accused of spying for Germany, and consequently causing the deaths of at least 50,000 soldiers.