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Department
Contemporary Arts
Course
FPA 136
Professor
Peter Lester
Semester
Fall

Description
Film Noir Influences: 1) War & Postwar Disillusionment 2) Postwar Realism 3) German Expatriates 4) The Hard-Boiled Traition Stylistic Traits: 1) Scenes at night 2) Oblique & vertical lines 3) Actors blend in with setting (same light emphasis) 4) Compositional tension (not physical action) 5) Freudian attachment to water; reflects light 6) Romantic narration: mode of irretrievable past, predetermined fate, hopelessness 7) Complex chronological order: emphasizes hopelessness and lost time -Passion for past and present, but fear of future -Survive by the day or retreat to the past Phases of Film Noir 1) Wartime (1941-1946) 2) Postw
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