Europe and the Film Noir

Ref: C2226344

In the inter-war years, many European film creatives migrated to Hollywood. We'll investigate the influence that their European culture and treatment of subject matter had on the popular thrillers known as 'film noir'

Additional information about this course

People will self refer

Course aim

To investigate how the migration of film creatives to Hollywood in the inter-war years profoundly affected the American film - in particular, the thriller genre known as 'film noir'.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Evaluate European influence on the American film noir
  • Identify some themes, plots and conventions of film noir
  • Appraise the work of diverse directors of, and actors in, film noir
  • Recognise political/social/cultural meaning in film noir

How will I be taught?

  • Teaching methods will be presentation of film clips and slides by tutor, observation by learners, question and answer involving whole group, group discussion.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Please see previous question for this day activity. By the end of the day, learners will have a wide cache of information, which the tutor will review, collectively and individually if necessary.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A handout will be provided as backup to our study day.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Europe and the Film Noir


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