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Classic Crime Cinema: Aspects of Noir

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ClassGraphic Film noir describes a sub-genre of the standard crime movie which emerged in the post-WW2 era. Such films feature cynical, disillusioned, and morally ambiguous characters. These films use shadows, odd camera angles, and framing devices to create a dark and doom-laden atmosphere. The male or female noir protagonist is on a "slow descent into hell." Certain film critics take a too expansive view of film noir and include some black and white dramas that may share some noir stylistics, but are unrelated to noir by plot and character. However, there are films that fall into a gray area. In this study group, we will watch and discuss Gaslight (1944), Notorious (1946), Sunset Boulevard (1950), On the Waterfront (1954), The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and others. Articles about each film and a check list of noir aspects will be provided for the members to decide whether the film is "for sure noir," "near noir," or "not noir." Join us for a visit to the dangerous world of film noir and meet its actual, close, or distant movie relatives.

Class Details

14 Session(s)
Weekly - Thu

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Steve Greska2.William McGuffage 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/7/2024 - 6/6/2024 Weekly - Thu 01:15 PM - 04:15 PM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map William McGuffage  ; Steve Greska 
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