Thursday, March 19, 2009

Syllabus: An Introduction to Film Noir

Films:
The Big Sleep
T-Men
Double Indemnity
Asphalt Jungle
Touch of Evil
Sunset Boulevard
Out of the Past
Laura
Shadow of a Doubt
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang or The Man Who Wasn't There

Texts:
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
Others, TBA

Course Objectives:
Femme fatale: explain. What happens in light that can't happen in dark. Is everyone a liar. What is the path of the caught man. Betrayal: elaborate. Does the noir style transcend time--film v. video. Is it film noir if it's in color or during the day. What about names. He wouldn't be in this mess if she wasn't such a bombshell. Diary of a camera angle. What would you do to uncover the truth about yourself. Who's the bad guy. Why does the lead role always fall for the wrong woman. Can a man represent all the clashes of ideas within the world, all at one time. What about film noir not filmed in Los Angeles. Is this a genre about crime. What about Hitchcock. If it's not low-budget, is it film noir. Who's innocent now. Who's dead.     

2 comments:

Keith said...

Awesome list. What about The Third Man and Lady from Shanghai?

niina said...

I would second the Third Man... maybe the novella.