Seminar: Film Noir

Ref: C3744380

Title: Film Noir: Rain soaked streets, hard boiled detectives and femme fatales. The term Film Noir translates as Dark Film. This very popular film genre came out of the American crime/thriller literary tradition. Whilst it reached its high point between the mid 1940’s and the 1950’s, it continues to influence popular film and television today. Film Noir offers the spectator a glimpse into a shadowy claustrophobic world of grey rain soaked streets, flickering neon lights, low lit night clubs, and the moral ambiguities of the people who inhabit them. Using a variety of film clips and stills we will look at the key elements of Film Noir including: it’s distinctive low key visual style, character types such as the ‘hard boiled’ detective and the dangerous femme fatale, and the diverse plotlines that are encompassed by this genre. Come along and enjoy a fun morning practising your skills in film analysis.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by The Education and Skills Funding agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available. Contact the branch for further details.

Course aim

To introduce students to the key generic conventions of Film Noir, to provide a brief introduction to some basic skills in the critical analysis of media representations.

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:

  • recognise the key character types in Film Noir
  • identify the predominant visual style of Film Noir in relation to lighting, setting, costume, and figure movement
  • have a basic understanding of the place of Film Noir within the film industry
  • have a basic understanding of the influence of the Film Noir visual style on contemporary film
  • apply basic skills in the critical analysis of media representations.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • You may wish to bring pens and paper for note taking.

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

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Seminar: Film Noir

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