New Mexican Film Noir Intercession Course
New Mexican Film Noir
Intercession course, January 3-13, 2017
MA330.012 (58959) & IFDM 491.012 (58960)
This course examines classic Film Noir, Hollywood’s “dark cinema” of the 1940s and ‘50s with its bleak view of the world, ambiguous morality, and the mise en scène to match. However, while the typical noir film is set in rain-soaked streets of cities like Los Angeles or New York, during this intercession, we will focus on noir New Mexico: movies set in places like Santa Fe, Roswell, Albuquerque, Taos, and Grants. Students will view and analyze this series of films produced during the post-WWII period to determine how the landscapes of desert, borderlands, and Western towns played host to aspirations of escape from what one critic has described as “the obverse of the American Dream.”
Dates for this two-week, three credit, course are January 3 to 6, and 9 to 13, from 12:30 to 5:00pm each day, MTWRF. Students will be expected to view two films over the break in preparation for day one of class. In-class reading exercises, short essays, and group projects will supplement a final paper. Contact instructor Angela Beauchamp, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions.