My name is Emily and I’m a thirtysomething cinephile, bibliophile and red lipstick lover living in a house full of books and cats.

This blog was originally called ‘Chimes at Midnight’ as an extension of my Instagram account of the same name. After much deliberation, I decided to rename it ‘Le rouge et le noir’ as a reflection of my love of the colour red, particularly red lipstick, and also film noir, my favourite film genre. Stendhal’s great novel of the same name was also a very important book for me as a student so it seemed very appropriate. Many thanks to Jan for suggesting this!