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C-AI 053 WORLD NOIR • 0 Cr.


All of the Arts


Film noir is often seen as a distinctly American genre with its gritty, isolated heroes; darkened, rain-drenched city streets; post-war angst; femme fatales; and visions of the American dream gone awry. But the noir style has its roots in the German cinema of the 1920s and 1930s, and the term "film noir" itself was coined by French critics to describe the dark American films that started arriving in French cinemas with the end of World War II. In turn, this new kind of American cinema started influencing filmmakers from around the world, and these filmmakers adapted noir's conventions to their own styles and cultures. In this course, we will explore both the European roots of noir before the war and noir's international reverberations from the late 1940s through the early 1960s. Join Peninsula College film instructor Bruce Hattendorf for nine films from around the world with short introductions and discussions before and after each screening.