OSU Film Courses

Fear & Loathing in Hollywood: Film Noir & the Blacklist
June 25 - August 27, 2019

FEAR & LOATHING IN HOLLYWOOD: Film Noir and the Blacklist, 1947 - 1951

This highly intensive nine-week course will focus on one of Hollywood's most infamously notorious chapters: the Blacklist -- a government-mandated witch-hunt that decimated much of the film community in the late 1940s and early 50s. Writers, directors and actors alike were all subjected to the dogged scrutiny of the House Un-American Activities Committee in a feverish attempt to rid Hollywood of any and all Communist infiltration after World War II. The overall impact of the Blacklist would eventually bring about the ruination of many great careers. The work of many of these radical artists will be on full display during this thrilling evocation of Hollywood's most dangerous period.

Crime films, now more commonly referred to as film noir, became the most fertile soil for writers, producers and directors searching for a platform for their personal and often socially subversive ideologies. Many of these scabrous low-budget films, often overtly dealing with serious social problems (prison brutality, anti-Semitism, political corruption, mob violence, etc), went largely unnoticed by censors and government watchdogs, enabling a steady stream of highly charged, meaningful films to invade the public consciousness. Ultimately these artists would pay a severe price for the right to freely express their ideas and concerns, leaving behind a battle-scarred Hollywood landscape that would take decades to heal.

The films that we'll watch together -- in their entirety on the BIG SCREEN at Cinema 21 in Portland -- will be:
1. BODY & SOUL (1947) June 25
2. CROSSFIRE (1947) July 2
3. BRUTE FORCE (1947) July 9
4. FORCE OF EVIL (1948) July 16
5. THIEVES' HIGHWAY (1949) July 30
6. TRY AND GET ME! (1950) Aug 6
7. THE LAWLESS (1950) Aug 13
8. THE PROWLER (1951) Aug 20
9. M (1951) Aug 27

TUESDAYS: June 25 - August 27
11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Hot Summer Noir: A Sizzling Summer Survey!
June 29 - August 31

HOT SUMMER NOIR! A Sizzling Summer Survey!

There is no way to overestimate the public's on-going fascination with film noir. From the seediest B pictures to the most opulent excesses of Hollywood's dream factories, film noir has now become the defining visual and thematic style of 40s and 50s American cinema. And this summer, those who have developed a healthy appetite for these wonderfully twisted dramas, will be amply rewarded with a thoroughly exciting and thought-provoking sampler of some of the finest examples of this psychologically and emotionally stimulating film style.

This sizzling summer survey -- a NINE WEEK immersion into the deepest and darkest end of the film noir pool -- will feature NINE amazing films, a combination of hard-core classics and intriguing, seldom-seen curios, all infused with the indelible stylings of some of Hollywood's most brilliantly dynamic directors (Orson Welles, Nicholas Ray, Robert Siodmak, Joseph H. Lewis), most dominant cinematographers (John Alton, Woody Bredell, Stanley Cortez, Burnett Guffey) and most iconic actors and actresses (Humphrey Bogart, Rita Hayworth, Burt Lancaster, Gloria Grahame, Dan Duryea, Joan Bennett). Please note that none of the nine films being shown this term have yet been used in these classes.

The films that we'll watch together -- in their entirety on the BIG SCREEN at Cinema 21 in Portland -- will be:
1. BLACK ANGEL (1946) June 29
2. RIDE THE PINK HORSE (1947) July 6
3. THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (1948) July 13
4. HOLLOW TRIUMPH (1948) July 20
5. CRISS CROSS (1949) Aug 3
6. GUN CRAZY (1950) Aug 10
7. CAGED (1950) Aug 17
8. IN A LONELY PLACE (1950) Aug 24

SATURDAYS: June 29 - August 31
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Cinema 21 in Portland