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Classic Crime Cinema: The French Collection

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CourseGraphic In 1955 French critics referred to the grim fatalistic crime movies in the U.S. after WWII as “film noir” or dark films. But at the same time, the German occupation of France (1940-1944) followed by post war civil unrest brought forth dark cynical crime dramas similar to American noirs and made by such prominent French film directors such as Réne Clément, Henri-Georges Clouzet, Louis Malle, Jean-Pierre Melville, and Claude Chabrol. Unlike the American noirs, there is no movement between the world of light and darkness in the French noirs. The characters are trapped in a permanent midnight from which the only escape is prison or death and the only honorable behavior is the honor among thieves. In the fall 2019 semester of the continuing Classic Crime Cinema series, we will watch acclaimed movies from the French film noir era as well as contemporary French crime films including: Rififi, Touchze Pas au Grisbi, Le Cercle Rouge, Z, Diva, and Tell No One (Ne le dis à personne). Some of the finest actors in France, including Jean Gabin, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Alain Delon, Yves Montand, and Gérard Depardieu, star in these films. Join us for the French collection of the complex films about capers sand heists, hard-boiled cops and cold-blooded criminals, femme fatales and homme fatales. All films are subtitled in English. Class discussion will follow each film and concentrate on a comparison between French and American crime movies of the film noir era of the modern era. So, let us walk to the mean streets of Paris and Marseilles into the cinematic French underworld. No class on 11/28/19.

Class Details

13 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Donna Lach2.William McGuffage 



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Schedule Information

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Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
9/12/2019 - 12/12/2019 Weekly - Thu 1:15 PM - 4:15 PM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map William McGuffage  ; Donna Lach  ClassRoom