Film Genre: Film Noir
108-003 | CCN: 24213
Tu/Th 12:30pm, Location: Dwinelle 188
Screening: W 6pm-9pm, Location: Dwinelle 188
In this course we will analyze the category of films known as film noir. While these films appeared from roughly 1940 to 1958 in Hollywood, we will also be looking at important historical precedents (Weimar Cinema and Expressionism) and later incarnations of the genre (labeled neo-noir). We will emphasize the films’ relation to sexuality/the femme fatale, paranoia, the construction of space and the representation of urban space, violence and masculinity, and racial representation. Much of the reading will be highly theoretical and various methodologies will be examined—psychoanalytic, ideological, feminist, philosophical, Marxist and close textual analysis. We will view films by Edgar G. Ulmer, Fritz Lang, Robert Siodmak, Joseph H. Lewis, Orson Welles, Billy Wilder, David Lynch, etc. Readings by Freud, Joan Copjec, Raymond Chandler, Georg Simmel, Fredric Jameson, Slavoj Zizek, and others.