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FILM 1F94 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Interpersonal Relationship, Tomboy, Essentialism


Department
Film
Course Code
FILM 1F94
Professor
Peter Lester
Lecture
2

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FILM 1F94: Lecture (Winter, 2016)
Professor, Peter Lester
January 11, 2016
Week #2: Genre and Gender—Mildred Pierce
James M.Cain (American Writer)
-Popular hard boil writer
-Many of his books turn into popular Film Noir films
The Postman’s Always Rings Twice, 1934, Film 1946)
Double Idemnity (1936, Film 1944)
Mildred Pierce (1941, Film 1945)
Genre Reflectionism
-Assumption that genres resonate at particular historical moments , reflect
concerns,anxieties, interest of society at that time
Film Noir (Black Cinema)
-Strong visual, low key lighting
-Intense darkness and intense lighting—contrast
-European emigres—influence of expressionism, i.e.
Fritz.Lang
-Source material—“hardboiled” novels
The Postman’s Always Rings Twice, 1934, James M.
Cain
The Big Sleep, 1939, Raymond Chandler
The Maltese Falcon, 1929, Dashiel Hammet
-Have specific narrative forms, times, and characters
“Women’s Films/Domestic Melodrama
-Deals with the struggle of female protagonists
-Focus on Women’s Issues
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Gear towards a Film Noir audiences
Potays Mildred as a Femme Fatale (“The kind of
women most men want, but should’t have”)
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