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COM 330 - Film Noir- The Dark Side of American Cinema
Course Description:This course will trace the development of the noir -- bleak and expressionistic world view that dominated the films of the `40s and `50s, and that has continued to influence contemporary filmmaking. We will explore the narrative and cinematic types that define the genre, the literary antecedents such as the work of Hammett, Chandler, and Highsmith, and view representative films including: The Big Sleep, Touch of Evil, Cat People, The Long Good-bye, Chinatown, and other classics. Through class discussion and research, students will explore the cultural and societal influences that influenced noir writers, directors, and cinematographers.

Course Rotation: PLV: Fall - Even years.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Discussion, Lecture, Seminar, Tutorial

Communications Department

Course Attributes:
Inquiry and Exploration

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     

Undergraduate level COM 226 Minimum Grade of D or Undergraduate level COM 227 Minimum Grade of D