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Mayhem and Shadows: Writing about Film Noir

This course will teach students to write, and give them something very cool to write about. We'll watch several films in the film noir genre--roughly, movies from the 1940s and '50s (and a few later ones looking back) that dig into the darker, violent energies of postwar America--and write about them in various modes, analytical, creative, and personal. We'll wrestle with the femme fatale, the hardboiled detective, the shifty wise-guy, and the gun moll, watching and writing both as students looking backwards, and as fellow-travelers walking the same roads. Films include "The Big Sleep," "The Killers," "Kiss Me Deadly," and "Murder, My Sweet."

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Session Three
Course is Full
at the time of application
on the first day of session
Scheduled Class Time*

08:00 AM - 11:00 AM (PDT)

*The course will meet for two hours daily (Monday–Friday) for a live class during this window of time. The exact time will be set closer to the program start. In addition to the live meeting times, students will engage in out-of-class learning assignments such as assigned readings, group work, pre-recorded online lectures, and more.