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Film Noir: In The Warner Bros. Style! (1940 - 1949)  

Elliot Lavine As a Hollywood studio, Warner Bros. was responsible for producing some of the most legendarily exciting noir films from the classic period of the 1940s. Featuring many of the era's greatest stars (Bogart, Cagney, Crawford, and Davis) as well as some of the industry's finest directors (William Wyler, Anatole Litvak, and Raoul Walsh), the films combine a sharp visual style with incisive writing and dynamic performances. This intensive six-week class will explore a half dozen of the finest examples of Hollywood's most stimulating film styles. THE LETTER (1940) BLUES IN THE NIGHT (1941) THE BIG SHOT (1942) POSSESSED (1947) THE UNFAITHFUL (1947) WHITE HEAT (1949) Elliot Lavine has been programming films for the Roxie and Castro Theaters in San Francisco since 1990, including his annual film noir festival, "I Wake Up Dreaming." In 2010, he received the Marlon Riggs Award from the San Francisco Film Critics Circle for his revival of rare archival titles and his role in the renewed popularity of film noir. (This course is typically 5 weeks (12.5 hours). The 6th week creates the nominal additional cost for this course. Multi-course memberships are based upon 12 hour courses at $95. Therefore, if you are a multicourse member, $95 will be deducted from the course fee, leaving $15 additional due for the 3 additional hours.) Please note: 2 sections of this class are available (see below).


  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Francisco State University
    835 Market Street, Sixth Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103
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