HART2234 Film Noir to the New Wave

Credit
6 points
Offering
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the History of Art major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
Content
Growing out of a fascination with Pulp Fiction and the prolific B films produced during the pre-war period in America, the Film Noir cycle is a unique example of a truly indigenous American cultural form. From the 1940s, Film Noir provided the 'black slate' on which Hollywood inscribed American social paranoia of the unknown. Fascinated by the formal qualities of these films, the young French cineastes and critics centred around the Cahiers du Cinema and formulated a series of critical strategies to reform the nature of conventional cinema. This unit examines a number of selected feature films from the American Film Noir cycle as a foundation on which the various strategies of the early French New Wave can be dissected and studied. Auteur and genre based critical approaches of the cinema are examined through the films of Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut and in relation to the theories of both filmmakers (as well as Andre Bazin, Alexandre Astruc, Christian Metz and others). The unit also provides students involved in film/video production with a conceptual and historical framework of ideas to reference.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of the common features within the Film Noir genre and to understand the summary anxieties of American society featured within the films; (2) understand how the key concepts of the American Film Noir cycle and the innovations of the French New Wave would mediate social and cultural meaning and the wider discourses of history; (3) develop skills to research, interpret, synthesise and apply existing scholarship within an analysis of the cinematic works studied; (4) display an ability to apply the principles of argument and revision within a comparative interpretation of the subject matter studied; and (5) analyse the value of cultural innovation as it applies to the objectives of critical thinking and the reflective appraisal of cinematic works.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) short essay; (2) major essay; and (3) tutorial presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Peter Mudie
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
HART1000 Great Moments in Art (formerly VISA1000)
or
HART1003 Ways of Seeing: Themes and Theories in Art
Incompatibility:
VISA2234 Film Noir to the New Wave
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; Practical Classes: 1 hour per week, plus film screenings
Note
Enrolled students can access unit material via the Learning Management System.
Recommended
reading

Cameron, I., ed. The Movie Book of Film Noir: Studio Vista 1992

Dixon, W. W. The Films of Jean-Luc Godard: State University of New York 1997

Hayward, S. and Vincendeau, G. French Film: Texts and Contexts: Routledge 1990

Krutnik, F. In a Lonely Street: Film Noir, Genre and Masculinity: Routledge 1991

Lefevre, R. Jean-Luc Godard: Ediling 1983

MacCabe, C. Godard: Images, Sounds, Politics: BFI 1980

Monaco, J. The New Wave: Truffaut, Godard, Chabrol, Rhomer, Rivette: OUP 1976

Orr, J. Cinema and Modernity: Polity Press 1993

Petrie, G. The Cinema of Francois Truffaut: A. S. Barnes 1970

Silver, A. and Ward, E., eds Film Noir: an Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style: Overlook Press 1979

Telotte, A. P. Voices in the Dark: the Narrative Patterns of Film Noir: University of Illinois 1989

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