1 C350/FILM NOIR Class # 31987, Fall 2014 INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Sherra Schick OFFICE HOURS: M 5:30-6:00PM NU103 W 5:30-6:00PM NU103 And by appointment E-MAIL: Please use Oncourse email system Please make sure you check Oncourse (Email, Announcements, Resources) regularly for updates, changes, assignment postings, resources notifications, and other timely course information. REQUIRED TEXTS: Naremore, James. More Than Night: Film Noir in its Contexts . University of California Press. Berkeley, 1998. Chandler, Raymond. Farewell, My Lovely . Vintage: New York, 1940. Articles posted online. CLASS MEETINGS: M 6:00-10:00PM COURSE OBJECTIVES: Film noir is a term originating with the French to describe certain Hollywood films from the 1940s and 1950s that seem to express a dark vision of America. These films often share certain characteristics such as: private detectives; femmes fatale; and dark, shadowy, ambiguous worlds of crime. The term film noir, however, is as shadowy, as amorphous, as the films themselves. Is film noir a period, a genre, a category, or a style of filmmaking? Film scholars and critics don’t always agree on a definition. However we describe them, films noir continue to intrigue and provoke us. This course will look at the historical and cultural use of the term, and some of the detective and pulp fiction that influenced film noir. We will read what several important critics say about noir. We will watch several of the most influential Hollywood films noir made after 1941, including The Maltese Falcon , Double Indemnity , Laura , Kiss Me Deadly , and Touch of Evil . In addition, we will look at neo noirs, such as Chinatown , Blade Runner , Devil in a Blue Dress and Sin City . Finally, we will think about film noir as a discourse, as a set of ideas circulating around these films, which might tell us something about American culture and society. Materials Fee : The $53.86* materials fee, which you have paid with your tuition this semester, goes to rent the films and purchase DVDs and video equipment used in the course. *Latest amount, according to IUPUI Master Fee Rate Schedule, 2014-15.
2 FILM STUDIES MINOR: If you enjoy this course, you might consider minoring in Film Studies. A minor in Film makes an interesting complement to a number of majors. Any student, including those majoring in English, Film’s parent department, can minor by taking 15 credit hours (five three credit-hour courses) in Film Studies. The only required course is C292. Beyond that, minors choose four additional courses. See the list attached to this syllabus for instructions and more details. If you’re interested in minoring in Film Studies, please let me know at any point during the semester. COURSE FORMAT: This class meets once a week. The first half (with some exceptions during the term) is devoted to discussion/introduction to topics, etc. The second half of the class we will view a film. Discussions generally take place the week following the screening. Discussions will include the assigned readings and the film concepts/topics the films illustrate. Please come to class prepared for discussion.
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