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LITERATURE

LIT-346
Topics in Film (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics include film and literature, national cinema, film genres, major filmmakers, and independent filmmakers. Usually offered every year.

LIT-346
001
LITERATURE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Film (3)

Film Noir, the Cold War, and the Hollywood Blacklist

This course examines film noir in relation to the history and the political movements that shaped American life in the forties and fifties, in particular the American Left and the anticommunist crusades that it inspired at the start of the Cold War. The course then considers how these issues developed during the decades that have followed, as the New Left emerged in the sixties, and concludes by considering what noir has to say about the politics of the present--or vice-versa. Central to the course is the history of the Hollywood blacklist, which had a major impact on many of the directors and stars associated with film noir, and to which many noirs respond either directly or indirectly.