European Film Noir (EAF2509)

30 credits

European Film Noir explores a wide range of films produced in four different cinemas: German, French, British and exilic Hollywood. There is a strong focus on both the critical and aesthetic genealogy of film noir, and we look at how European film has reacted to American film noir in numerous ways, from imitation, to dazzling originality, to complex hybridity. The module’s films illuminate the complex transnational nature of film from issues of exilic and diasporic film-making to cross-cultural critical influences. Major themes include the image of the male gangster and the construction of ‘noir’ masculinity, questions of style and genre, and the importance of the cityscape in the noir world.