Europe and the Film Noir

Ref: C2226796

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

Additional information about this course

Half term 19/02/2020

Course aim

To investigate how the migration of European film creatives to Hollywood in the inter-war years profoundly affected the American 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
  • This is an introductory course. The only study skill you will need is the ability to watch and listen to film extracts and, very occasionally, read subtitles on the screen. Knowledge of films and film making is not necessary.

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

  • Evaluate European influence on 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, informal question and answer involving whole group, group discussion.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • As the course progresses, learners will be provided with a cache of information which the tutor will review, collectively and individually if required.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A relevant handout will be provided at each session as backup.

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

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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