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FLM 75 — Film Noir in the 1950s: The Glamour and the Grit

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 11—Mar 15
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 13
Units: 2
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $435
Instructor(s): Elliot Lavine
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Jan 11—Mar 15
10 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 13
2 Units
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Elliot Lavine
Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Film noir in the 1950s reflected the harsh reality of a wildly uncertain time in the movie industry with a steady stream of stylized, violent crime thrillers, all branded with the white-hot, nervous stamp of this new Nuclear Age while never losing sight of the rigid visual standards that by then had become de rigueur for this radical style of Hollywood filmmaking. With carefully concealed subtexts simmering beneath the surface, writers and directors had the chance to insinuate subversive political and sexual nuances into their gritty-yet-glamorous, down-and-dirty crime stories without attracting the unwanted attention of industry censors.

In this highly intensive ten-week course, students will watch up to twenty classic 50s noir films in thematically rich weekly double features. On the bill will be films from Hollywood masters, including The Big Heat (Fritz Lang), Touch of Evil (Orson Welles), Nightfall (Jacques Tourneur), Pickup on South Street (Samuel Fuller), Gun Crazy (Joseph H. Lewis), In a Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray), Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich), The Killing (Stanley Kubrick), and many others, making this an unparalleled educational opportunity to wallow in the absolute finest of what 1950s film noir has to offer.

All films can be rented or streamed instantly through Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play Movies, or other online platforms.


Elliot Lavine has been a film programmer and filmmaker for more than thirty years. In 2010, he received the Marlon Riggs Award from the San Francisco Film Critics Circle for his revival of rare archival titles and his role in the renewed popularity of film noir.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.