Film Noir

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Film Noir

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Film noir has long exerted a fascination on audiences, as well as on scholars. It has been described as a genre, a cycle, and a distinctive visual style in cinema. This module is particularly devoted to exploring: the archaeology and evolution of the concept of film noir and the complex historical and stylistic negotiations that have taken place within the ?genre? and the importance of trans-national exchange, particularly between Europe and America.
    We will look at the antecedents of classic American noir in pre-war German Expressionism, French Poetic Realism, and the American gangster film. We will examine the coining of the term film noir in post-war France (in the process challenging some received ideas), the films? relationship to American society and culture, their distinctive use of black and white cinematography and narrative form, and preoccupation with crime. Across the module we will also be concerned with the films? depiction of ?masculinity in crisis?, and the figure of the femme fatale.

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