Film Noir – Peter Bennett

Am Mittwoch, den 15.05.2013 kommt der Peter Bennett in die filmArche, um aus der Perspektive eines professionellen Fotografen ├╝ber den Film Noir zu sprechen.

Die Mittwochsveranstaltung wird dieses Mal in englischer Sprache abgehalten.


Film Noir :

From the early 1940s to the late 1950s the American film industry produced hundreds of movies categorized as film noirs. The film noir is seldom considered a genre but rather a series of stylistic conventions and tone that contribute to the mood of the movie and is almost always a crime film. This cycle of films was enormously influential in the development of American and world cinema.

Using movie clips and stills, the seminar will look at:

- the stylistic conventions conventions of film noir.
- a brief history, style and social content, of American crime films.
- the development of noir cinema from German Expressionism (Fritz Lang) to French Poetic Realism (Julien Duvivier) and American proto-noirs of the early 1940s.
- American social, political and censorship conventions that gave rise to both pro-government and “subversive” criticism in film noir.
- the work of the German and Austrian emigre directors in Holywood who made some of the most famous film noirs, including Fritz Lang, Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer, Fred Zinnerman and Billy Wilder.
- plot and narrative structures with some emphasis on noir the low-budget B-movies which are considered masterpieces.
- film noir characters: the doomed anti-hero and femme fatalle.
- cinematography and lighting in film noir, including cinematographers who pioneered the noir chiaroscuro look such as John Alton and Nicholas Musuraca.
- a brief look at later neo-noirs that used traditional noir conventions in a new way.
- a brief look at non-American, French and Japanese, film noir.

About the Author:
Peter Bennet is a life-long movie addict currently working in Berlin as a freelance photographer, writer, computer programmer(!) and occasional film maker. An itinerant worker, he has travelled to more than 60 countries around the globe while working on documentary photographic assignments.

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