CINE 23B Focus on Film Noir (3)
Credit, Degree Applicable
American Film Noir, which surfaced in the aftermath of World War II, has been characterized as a cinema of moral anxiety and ambiguity. This course will explore Film Noir in terms of its origins, themes, stylistic tendencies, iconic characters, complex narrative structures and social/historical context.
Offered on occasion
After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Outcome 1: Describe the significance of American Film Noir in the larger context of film history and in relation to American society and culture in the World War II andpost-World War II era.
- Outcome 2: Assess and evaluate the importance of Film Noir's cultural contexts from its origins in hard-boiled detective literature and 1930's gangster films through its neo-noir cycle.
- Outcome 3: Examine the broader economic, aesthetic, and theoretical influences upon Film Noir, including the structure of the American film industry and the influence of European film movements and psychoanalytic theories.
- Outcome 4: Differentiate between various elements of mise-en-sc鮥 (including lighting, camera distance, camera angles, acting style, etc.) and apply this formal visual knowledge to identify characteristics of Films Noirs. Analyze different methods for evaluating Film Noir and apply formal visual knowledge of mise en scene (including lighting, camera angles, etc.) to specific films.