Film Noir - Communications 150 March 4, 1999...

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March 4, 1999 Announcements: There will be two review sessions after spring break. The first is Tuesday, March 16 from 7 - 8:30. The second is Friday, March 19 from 1 - 2:30. They are both in 113 Carnegie. The second exam is March 23. Lecture Notes: I. Film Noir Literally means "the black film" Group of films made during post WWII These movies were "darker" than the movies that preceded WWII II. Noir as Genre: A Set of Conventions Questioned the belief that all is well It did this a few different ways, mainly through low-key lighting A. Low Key Lighting Little fill light, resulting in a dark or shadow-filled image It deglamourizes the main actors/actresses The Wrong Man is a good example of this B. Vertical/Diagonal Lines Used to make shadows to create a negative/pessimistic effect Claustrophobic framing/extreme camera angles C. Touch of Evil Film uses extreme camera angles to make the actors appear powerless Also uses a tracking shot to create suspense, which is a trademark of
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This note was uploaded on 02/21/2008 for the course COMM 150 taught by Professor Jordan during the Spring '99 term at Penn State.

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