Nine Weeks of Darkness: My Journey into Film Noir

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Want to know what I’ve been doing nearly every Friday evening since June? Watching films noir of course! My love for film noir began a number of years ago when I happened across a film called “Dark Passage” (an eerie crime drama about mistaken identity and murder, topped off by the film noir power-couple, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall). Since then, I’ve done by best to learn about this film genre; to understand its origins and its appeal. You can imagine then, how I jumped at the chance to participate in Ball State University and TCM’s summer film noir class, “Into the Darkness: Investigating Film Noir.”

For nine weeks, I’ve been immersed in the mysterious, suspenseful, dark and foreboding worlds of these films and after all of that time, I can say that to truly understand film noir, you just need to watch as many of the films as you can. The course that I was in was right – you cannot just read about film noir in order to understand it, you need to become a part of it. You need to delve into those gritty worlds shown to you on the screen and, from there, you’ll begin to discover the point of film noir, its history, its purpose, and its significance to this day. So go ahead, give it a try, you’ll see what I mean when it’s just you and the story unfolding on the screen.

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