Monday, May 18, 2015

TCM Free Film Noir Class!

TCM is offering a free online 9-week course on Film Noir. It runs from June 1 to Aug. 4 (to coincide with their "Summer of Darkness" programming - you can download the schedule here). The following is from their page:

Course Outcomes

Students will
  • gain a deeper appreciation of classic Hollywood movies
  • be able to identify the characteristics of a film noir
  • able to explain the origins and history of film noir
  • be able to perform close analyses of films noir
Topics include
  • What is Film Noir?
  • Film Noir and Its Influences
  • Film Noir in the Studio System
  • Film Noir Themes and Characters
  • Film Noir in the Postwar Period

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need access to TCM to participate in this course?
No. For non-TCM subscribers, we will have free links to online public domain films noir, so anyone can participate fully in this course.
How long is this course?
Nine weeks, since it is designed to run in conjunction with TCM's "Summer of Darkness."
Will this course offer a certificate of completion?
What kind of time commitment may I expect?
For students who seek to complete the course, it will take between two and four hours each week, not including additional time to watch a few films noir each week on your own or on TCM. For students who wish to participate but are not interested in a certificate of completion, we still want you to be involved. This course is flexible in its design, and you may choose to do as much or as little as you have time for each week.
Are there any synchronous or live events in this course?
Yes. The course will use social media and Google Hangouts on Air to have a few live events. But in case you are not available when an event is occurring, an archived video copy will be available for later viewing.
Will the instructor be involved in the course?

Go enroll for free today!


  1. This sounds like a lot of fun!

    1. I know! I can't wait till it starts! I've been wanting to take some movie classes and this one is just calling out to me (free, free, free) haha

    2. I was going to try to fit an independent study on film noirs into my fall schedule, but it didn't end up happening, so I'm thrilled that there's this! (and as you pointed out the price is superb, haha!)