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CMS.S61 Special Subject (For Credit): The Rise of Film Noir

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - Thursday, February 2, 2012

Note, screenings above required.

Tue, Thu, Jan 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31, 2, 01-02:30pm, 4-364

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.

Listeners allowed, space permitting

Prereq: Permission of instructor

Level: U 3 units Standard A – F Grading Can be repeated for credit

Seminar or lecture on a topic that is not covered in the regular curriculum.

This class will explore Hollywood Film Noir as it developed during the 1930s-50s. The focus will be on important ̩immigrant directors who moved to Hollywood when the Nazis rose to power, including Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder, Otto Preminger, Michael Curtiz, and Fred Zinnemann. Also to be considered are contributions by cinematographers, set designers, and composers. Class activities include a field trip to the Sackler Museum at Harvard to look at ̩migr̩ artworks from this period, a forum and concert by the Boston Chamber Music Society in Kresge on Jan. 21, and a concurrent series of six great examples of film noir from the 1940s. (See separate IAP listings for the film series and concert.) Assignments to include short response papers about three of the films in the series, and reports on examples of


Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012
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