Basically, throughout the paper answer the following question:
Is film noir a style or a genre?
While answering it, explain what a style and a genre are. How are they different, how are they similar so people can get confused. What are the characteristics of film noir? Give out basic characteristics (with variations and omissions) of film noir and come up with a conclusion WITH SUPPORTING FACTS and ARGUMENTS; is film noir a legitimate genre or is it a filmic style. Be sure to cite the sources for your arguments.