Day School: Europe and the Film Noir

Ref: C2224127

Clips from classic Film Noirs will demonstrate techniques of cinematography, lighting, acting,etc., as well as the particular style of well-known directors, among them John Houston, Billy Wilder and Alfred Hitchcock.

Course aim

Evaluation of the effect of creative migration from Europe to Hollywood in inter-war years; its influence on the popular thriller genre known as Film Noir.

Who is the course for?

For anyone interested in film, and in particular, how the Noir style developed. No previous experience or qualification necessary.

What topics will this course cover

We will investigate and discuss the themes, plots and conventions of Film Noir (settings, anti-heroes, femmes fatales), and a European approach to subject matter.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

Recognise a connection between the Hollywood Film Noir and European artistic culture.

How will I know I'm making progress?


What else do I need to know, do or bring?


Reading and information sources

The tutor with provide a handout with information about what we have engaged with on the course, and some suggested further sources.

What could the course lead to?

An increased interest in film history and the development of the medium. Try another WEA course on film!

Download full course outline

Day School: Europe and the Film Noir Course Outline


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