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Intro to Noir Seminar

General Admission*: $10/$8 (Belcourt members)
*Free for Noir Fest 3 pass holders

This one-hour seminar will be held in the 1925 Hall, prior to the 12:00pm screening of GILDA.

Presented by Elyce Rae Helford, Professor of English, Middle Tennessee State University

An understanding of the cinematic phenomenon we call film noir requires consideration of its central facets, from form and content to style and historical context. With a focus on the classic cycle of noir cinema in Hollywood pictures from the early 1940s through the late 1950s, this seminar offers a presentation of the what, how, and why of noir. We’ll explore the underside of the American Dream, literal and metaphoric darkness, toughness and gender representation, the role of the “B” film, and the impact of World War II. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion of film noir created for newcomers, film students, and devoted fans alike.

About the speaker:
Elyce Rae Helford, Ph.D., is Professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University. She teaches courses in Film Noir, Women Film Pioneers, and Holocaust Cinema. Helford is author of the forthcoming book What Price Hollywood? Gender and Sex in the Films of George Cukor (University Press of Kentucky, 2020) and has edited three scholarly collections, including The Woman Fantastic in Contemporary American Media Culture (University Press of Mississippi, 2016), Fantasy Girls: Gender in the New Universe of Science Fiction and Fantasy Television (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000), and Enterprise Zones: Critical Positions on Star Trek (Westview, 1996). At present, she is working with MTSU colleague Christopher Weedman on a new edited collection, tentatively titled Liminal Noir: Case Studies of Genre-Bending Classics.


Please note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the January 13 The Dark Mirror: Film Noir and History seminar has been canceled.

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