The Bloody Olive: A Wickedly Fun Homage to the Film Noir Tradition

Shortly after finishing film school, the young Belgian director Vincent Bal shot The Bloody Olive (1996), a 10 minute film based on a comic book by the French artist Lewis Trondheim. It was an instant hit, winning over 20 awards at film festivals worldwide. Wanting to keep things spoiler-free around here, let us just say this: the short film pays a fun little tribute to the film noir tradition — its aesthetic, conventions and all of the rest.

For more film noir fun, don’t miss Key Lime Pie, a 2007 animated film in the noir tradition, or our collection of 31 Free Noir Films. The noir collection features classics by John Huston, Elia Kazan, Fritz Lang, Ida Lupino, Otto Preminger, Orson Welles and others. You can find great classics from other genres within our list of Free Movies Online.

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