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Out of the Past: Investigating Film Noir

Out of the Past: Investigating Film Noir

"Out of the Past: Investigating Film Noir" is a serialized academic text that studies and analyzes the great films of the film noir canon. While most of the films are from noir’s classic period (1941-1957), the series also analyzes more contemporary neo-noir films. This podcast series can be used as course material to supplement film history textbooks, to help students develop their skills in film analysis, and as a compendium to class screenings. Co-hosted by two Saint Mary’s of California professors, Shannon Clute (Dept of Modern Languages) and Richard Edwards (Dept of Communication) every episode of this podcast series investigates a single film in relation to the body of film noir, emphasizing film history, film theory and film analysis. Moreover, the literary origins of film noir are... Show More


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Meghan Heatley
Meghan Heatley (Student)
12 years ago
I love the idea of analyzing film nior using podcasting as opposed to print articles. It leands itself well to debating and dicussions and can be heared anywhere. I also enjoy the idea discussing an older art form using new media.