The term film noir, French for “black film”, first applied to Hollywood films by French critic Nino Frank in 1946, was unrecognized by most American film industry professionals of that era. Cinema historians and critics defined the category retrospectively. Before the notion was widely adopted in the 1970s, many of the classic films noirs[a] were referred to as melodramas. Whether film noir qualifies as a distinct genre is a matter of ongoing debate among scholars.
King has also taken the opportunity to work with the French progressive act Mellow, for whom he has done many remixes – which culminated in the production of material which King developed from their musical score created for the Roman Coppola art-house movie CQ. He has also continued to play and write guitar for the critically acclaimed Liverpool band Mulu.