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Film Noir and Hollywood

Enrolment code: HEA229/329

Offered: not offered in 2003

Special note: may be taken as Women’s Study unit

Unit description:

Examines the historical emergence of what came to be known as ‘film noir’ and then traces its influence both on other national cinemas (eg French and German cinema) and on later, New Hollywood filmmaking (‘neo-noir’) post World War 2. The unit also examines the film noir literary connection by considering some of the ‘hard-boiled’ writing with which film noir is so regularly aligned, and also by considering some recent American fiction that explicitly draws on this earlier film-and-literary noir tradition. The unit also considers some of the other Hollywood cinematic genres with which noir has been compared (eg the screwball comedy, melodrama) in order to understand the degree of thematic and stylistic ‘difference’ in the American cinematic tradition forged by film noir.

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Unit weight 12.5% To see normal University Admission requirements
Teaching pattern 2-hr seminar and 3-hr seminar in alternate weeks (13 wks) Timetable
Prerequisites 25% at level 100 in English or equiv  
Mutual exclusions HEA279/379  
Assessment mode 3,000-word essay (60%), 2-hr end-of-sem exam (40%) Examinations timetable (Users will need to know their login name (POP account) and password)
Majors: [Discipline and school information] English
Women's Studies
Courses Bachelor of Arts (See also combined degrees)  
Faculty website Faculty of Arts  
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