What is the course about?
The development of French film noir since the 1940s, the films, directors, stars and critical accounts of the style.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• The various phases of French film noir (its origins in the 1930s, the war years, the so-called 'social noir' of the 1940s/1950s, the gangster films of the 1950s, the intersection with the French new wave of the 1960s, post-noir/neo-noir/postmodern noir since the 1980s).
• Key examples of French film noir, e.g., Le Corbeau (1943), Quai des orfèvres (1947), Les Diaboliques (1954), Touchez pas au grisbi (1954), Rififi (1955), Le Doulos (1963), Le Samouraï (1967), Le Cercle Rouge (1970), Diva (1981).
• Key directors, e.g., Henri-Georges Clouzot, Jean Pierre Melville, Claude Chabrol.
• Key stars, e.g., Jean-Paul Belmondo, Lino Ventura, Alain Delon.
• Critical responses to French film noir (Ginette Vincendeau, 'French film noir' and Phil Powrie, 'French neo-noir to hyper-noir', in Andrew Spicer (ed.), European Film Noir, Manchester University Press, 2007).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Describe and evaluate the history and development of French film noir.
• Identify and evaluate key examples of French film noir.
• Identify key directors and evaluate their style and contribution to French film noir.
• Identify key stars and evaluate their roles in French film noir.
• Evaluate critical accounts of French film noir.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for all levels and you do not require any particular skills - just an enthusiasm for film and discussing film. The course will provide an introduction to the subject but will also be useful for those wishing to build on existing knowledge in the subject area.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Screenings of extracts from films, talks by the tutor, reading materials, small and large group discussions. It might also be a good idea to see what you can find out about the subject in advance of the class (see the reading and films mentioned above) but this is not essential.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will require a pen and notepad (or laptop/device) but the tutor will provide all other materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look for other Film Studies courses at www.citylit.ac.uk/History, Culture and Writing/Film Studies.