2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    
    Apr 20, 2024  
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FLM 354 - Film Noir

1 course unit
Dark shadows, low-key lighting, unusual camera angles, flashbacks, a sense of paranoia, and males manipulated by sultry, cigarette-smoking, seductive femme fatales characterize film noir, the only typically American film genre after the Western to emerge from Hollywood.  Created during the 1940s and 50s, many by Jewish émigrés from Central Europe, film noir is usually considered a combination of German Expressionist cinematic style and the American hard-boiled detective story.  This course will examine classic works of the genre within their sociopolitical context and investigate why they were so popular among audiences and were able to violate some rules of the Production Code, why certain actors are inextricably linked to the genre, and why neo-noirs are still being made.
Attendance at weekly screenings is required.
Meets general academic requirement HU.



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