Heist Movies: crime thrillers

Course Dates: 23/01/22 - 30/01/22
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
1950’s Hollywood began with The Asphalt Jungle (1950) just as The Maltese Falcon (1941) had kickstarted the forties. John Huston directed both — the first film noir and then the first heist film. Did he pull it off? Kubrick thought so, and made The Killing (1956), a rock-hard-boiled thriller built around Asphalt’s mastermind star, Sterling Hayden. Emerging from the shadow of film noir with thrilling action scenes, heist suspense films continue to be one of cinema’s most exciting genres.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00

Course Code: HF032

Sun, day, 23 Jan - 30 Jan '22

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Why are so many key directors of such varied backgrounds drawn to this popular genre? For example, Kubrick, Soderbergh, Tarantino, Ritchie, Melville, Peckinpah — even Spike Lee (Inside Man 2006)? Because the films are about an intricate, cutting-edge cool, scheme carried out by a hand-picked crew while we wait to see if they can get away with it as the plan begins to unravel — think Resevoir Dogs (Tarantino 1992), Rififi (Dassin 1956) or Steve McQueen’s recent thriller Widows (2018).

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

-French crime films: Lift to the Scaffold (Malle 1958), Bob Le Flambeur (Melville 1956).
-British heist films owe a huge debt to Ealing’s The Lavender Hill Mob (1951): Basil Dearden’s League of Gentlemen (1960), The Bank Job (Donaldson 2008), The Hatton Garden Job (Beton 2017).
- Contemporary/Current: Heist (Mamet 2001), The Town (Affleck 2010), Inception (Nolan 2010), Victoria (Schipper 2015), American Animals (Layton 2018), Knives Out (Johnson 2019)
- Classic: Topkapi (Dassin 1964), The Sting (Hill 1972), The Getaway (Peckinpah 1972), Point Break (Bigelow 1991).
- Remakes/Reboots: Oceans’s 11 (Milestone 1960/Soderbergh 2001), The Italian Job (Collinson 1969/Gray 2001), The Thomas Crown Affair (Jewison 1968/McTiernan 1999); The Driver (Hill 1978) - Drive (Refn 2011) - Baby Driver (Wright 2017).

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Discover the key themes and motifs of a range of heist films.
• Demonstrate a knowledge of the key directors.
•Identify the core aesthetic and narrative elements of heist films.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Suitable for all levels, this course requires only an enthusiasm to learn more about the value of cinema, to discuss films, share ideas and listen to the views of others. It provides an introduction to the subject but will also be valuable for those wishing to build on existing knowledge.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Opening lecture, viewing film extracts throughout with tutor-led discussion in the whole group and in small groups/breakout rooms. No work necessary outside class but digital handouts available for further research.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No other costs. Please bring pad or device for note taking.
Recommended (but not required) reading:
Lee, Daryl (2014). The Heist Film: Stealing with Style. Columbia University Press.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Please check our film course offer in the prospectus or on the website - www.citylit.ac.uk under History, Culture and Writing/Film Studies.

John Wischmeyer

John Wischmeyer (MA in Film Theory) set up, ran and programmed his own cinema in West London and has since taught film studies at the former Gainsborough studio, the BFI and City Lit since 1999, Hitchcock’s centenary year. John has covered a wide range film topics under the banner ‘Cinema Investigates America’ and has a particular interest in and considerable knowledge of Hitchcock, Hollywood studios, American independent cinema and film noir, film technique and style.

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