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British Film Noir

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ClassGraphic In this study group, we will discover the many ways in which classic British films noir differed from American films noir. American films noir were noted for personal traumas or desires, fixation with the middle or upper classes, and femme fatales. In contrast, British noirs usually dealt with community upheavals, the lower class, and had few femme fatales. British noir plots frequently covered the post-war transition, often featuring spivs or small-time black marketers. Some of the top noir directors in Britain had been driven out of America by the hunts for Communists while controversial topics, such as Blacks or gays, were covered in Britain earlier than in America. The films we will view and discuss were all filmed from 1947 through 1963. Noted British noir drama directors who we will discuss include: Carol Reed (Odd Man Out, The Third Man); Alfred Hitchcock (Frenzy) and David Lean (Great Expectations). British noir comedies that may be shown and discussed include The Ladykillers and Kind Hearts and Coronets. American expatriates’ films may include Jules Dassin (Night and the City), Edward Dmytryk (The Hidden Room) and Joseph Losey (The Servant). Subtitles will be shown. Join us as we view these films from across the pond and gain a greater understanding of the differences between British and American films noir.

Class Details

14 Session(s)
Weekly - Thu

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Arni Miller2.Dennis Carlin3.Tom Swanstrom4.Ray Rusnak 



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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 Ray Rusnak  ; Tom Swanstrom  ; Dennis Carlin  ; Arni Miller 
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