International Neo-Film Noir: An Introductory Sample

Humanity caught in a web of evil–Dante’s Inferno on earth, has fascinated many film-goers for decades. Long ago, OLLI offered a course on American Film Noir,
a genre developed between 1940 and 1960 (such as Orson Welles’ A Touch of Evil). Follow-up courses were presented on International Film Noir and American Neo-Film Noir, which expand genre boundaries, i.e., color. Completing this course cycle, we’ll view examples of International Neo-Film Noir from the last 25 years. We will screen and discuss La Ceremonie (1995), a French thriller about social classes; Oldboy (2003), a violent and powerfully complex South Korean film about retribution, which won the Grand Prix at Canne in 2004; The Trap (2007), a Serbian film on post-war transition; and Schneider vs. Bax (2015), a film from the Netherlands with a hit man, a lake and bizarre comic overtones.
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