The blue hour is the period of twilight each morning and evening where there is neither full daylight nor complete darkness. The time is considered special because of the quality of the light. (Photographers call it sweet light.)
Influence in popular culture
As a result of the perceived specialness of this time, there are various restaurants, theatres and hotels called L'Heure Bleue located worldwide. There is also a women's perfume by Guerlain (1912) of the same name.
In English culture the term was used to describe the period of inactivity and uselessness a drinker encounters when pubs and other licensed premises have closed after the lunch-time session (typically 3:30 pm), but have not yet opened for the evening session (typically 6:30 pm). The blue hour has now been largely abolished in England, Scotland and Wales in favour of all-day opening.
- l'Heure Bleue is a concept often expressed, in his works and in his thought, by the contemporary artist Jan Fabre
- The cover background of The Junior Encyclopedia of Canada, Volume 5 (S-Z)
- A series of city scenes by David Mamet collected in his Goldberg Street: Short Plays and Monologue anthology
- Blue Hour (2003), a book by Carolyn Forché
- Blue Noon (2005), the third book in Scott Westerfeld's Midnighters trilogy
- L'heure Bleue, a book by Edward Gorey
- The Blue Hour (1999), a novel by T. Jefferson Parker in the Merci Rayborn series
- The Blue Hour (2002), a romantic novel by Kate Thompson
- The Blue Hour (1989, reprinted 2012), a novel by J.P. Smith.
- The first portion of the 1987 episodic film, 4 aventures de Reinette et Mirabelle, by Éric Rohmer
- A 1991 film by director Marcel Gisler
- The TV calendar series Jul i Blåfjell (Christmas in Blåfjell) associates magic/other-wordly powers with the Blue Hour - blåtimen, Jul i Blåfjell (Norwegian Wikipedia) (1999)
- The Blue Hour is a 2007 film starring Alyssa Milano
The blue hour is also a common theme in popular music and the subject appears in various songs:
- Pete Anderson – "Blue Hour"
- Turin Brakes – "Blue Hour"
- Stephen Cummings – "Blue Hour"
- Vanessa Daou – "This Blue Hour"
- Christian Death – "The Blue Hour"
- Bent Fabric – "The Blue Hour" (Recording duet with Mr. Acker Bilk, also theme from Danish TV variety series hosted by Fabric; composed by him.)
- Peter Fox – "Schwarz zu Blau" ("Black to Blue")
- Nina Gordon – "The Blue Hour"
- Françoise Hardy – "L'Heure Bleue"
- Killer Loop – "The Blue Hour"
- KLF – "Madrugada Eterna"
- Ute Lemper – "L'Heure Bleue"
- John Mackey – "Hymn to a Blue Hour"
- Madrugada – "Strange Colour Blue"; both the song and the eponymous album title (which means "dawn" in Portuguese and Spanish) refer to the blue hour
- Roy Orbison – "When The Blue Hour Comes"
- Oysterband – "Lost and Found"
- Radiohead – "The Gloaming"
- Andreas Vollenweider – "Chanson de l'Heure Bleue" ("Song of the Blue Hour")
- Blank and Jones – "Die Blaue Stunde"
- Yann Novak – "Blue.Hour"
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- bluehoursite.com: Everything about Blue Hour and Night Photography (news, articles, tips and calculator)
- Twilight Calculator, Golden Hour/Blue Hour table