Film noir is defined through the narrative structure and characters of the hardboiled detective novel fused with a distinctive look drawn from German Expressionism. Adapted from James M. Cain's shocking novel, directed by Billy Wilder, and with a screenplay co-written by Wilder and crime novelist Raymond Chandler, Double Indemnity circumvented Hollywood's strict production code to craft this grim story of murder, lust, revenge, and a classic femme fatale. The course, led by Melissa Hilbish, will examine the origins of film noir and move into the motifs of noir found in the visual style of the film. We will screen the film within the class with stops to "look" at the film, but you are encouraged to stream it in advance of class.
Three sessions, June 16, 17, 18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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