Course Schedule

1/9 Introduction
 
  • Alain Silver, "Introduction" (in Silver/Ursini)
  • Raymond Borde and Etienne Chaumeton, "Toward a Definition of Film Noir" (in Silver/Ursini)
   
1/16 The Maltese Falcon (dir. John Huston, 1941)
 
  • Raymond Durgnat, "Paint it Black" (in Silver/Ursini)
  • Paul Schrader, "Notes on Film Noir" (in Silver/Ursini)
  • Janey Place and Lowell Peterson, "Some Visual Motifs of Film Noir" (in Silver/Ursini)
   
1/23 Phantom Lady (dir. Robert Siodmak, 1943)
 
  • *James Naremore, "Old is New: Styles of Noir"
  • Tony Williams, "Phantom Lady, Cornell Woolrich, and the Masochistic Aesthetic" (in Silver/Ursini)
   
1/30 Double Indemnity (dir. Billy Wilder, 1944)
 
  • Tom Ryall, "Genre and Hollywood" (in Hill/Gibson)
  • *James Naremore, "Modernism and Blood Melodrama" (sel)
   
2/6 Laura (dir. Otto Preminger, 1944)
 
  • John Belton, "American cinema and film history" (in Hill/Gibson)
  • Douglas Gomery, "Hollywood as industry" (in Hill/Gibson)
  • E. Ann Kaplan, "Classical Hollywood film and melodrama" (in Hill/Gibson)
   
2/13 No class
   
2/20 Scarlet Street (dir. Fritz Lang, 1945)
 
  • *Thomas Schatz, Boom and Bust: The American Cinema in the 1940s (sel)
  • Stephen Crofts, "Authorship and Hollywood" (in Hill/Gibson)
  • *Catherine Portuges, "Accenting L.A."
   
2/27 Detour (dir. Edgar Ulmer, 1945)
 
  • *David Bordwell, "The Classical Hollywood Style"
  • *Andrew Britton, "Detour"
   
3/6 No class
   
3/13 The Killers (dir. Robert Siodmak, 1946)
 
  • Robert Porfirio, "No Way Out: Existential Motifs in the Film Noir" (in Silver/Ursini)
  • *Marc Vernet, "Film Noir on the Edge of Doom"
   
3/20 Out of the Past (dir.Jacques Tourneur, 1947)
 
  • Paul Kerr, "Out of What Past?" (in Silver/Ursini)
  • *Leighton Grist, "Out of the Past"
   
3/27 Sunset Boulevard (dir. Billy Wilder, 1950)
 
  • *Deborah Thomas, "Psychoanalysis and Film Noir"
   
4/3 Kiss me Deadly (dir. Robert Aldrich, 1955)
 
  • *Jonathan Buchsbaum, Tame Wolves and Phoney Claims: Paranoia and Film Noir”
  • Alain Silver, "Kiss Me Deadly: Evidence of a Style" (In Silver/Ursini)
   
4/10 Touch of Evil (dir. Orson Welles, 1958)
 
  • *James Naremore, The Magic World of Orson Welles (sel)
   
4/17 Chinatown (dir. Roman Polanski, 1974)
 
  • Todd Erickson, "Kill Me Again" (in Silver/Ursini)
  • Alain Silver, "Son of Noir: Neo-Film Noir and the Neo-B Picture" (in Silver/Ursini)
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