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Film Noir Lighting Lecture

A beauiful frame from The Third Man

I was asked to put together some lectures on lighting for the Clone Wars lighting team, and this week I deliver the second in the series.

It’s been really nice that this talk is confined to Film Noir Lighting. I don’t really have to get into all of the history, scholarship and academic minutiae I usually cover. I don’t have to worry about showing examples that fall outside the accepted dates for the genre/movement. I don’t have to provide historic context about the post-war existential crisis in America. All I have to do is show examples of Noir-style lighting and discuss why it qualifies as such to me. And the clips themselves do most of that work!

The biggest challenge for me is that I only have the lighting team for one hour a week. If you’ve been to one of my classes or lectures, you will understand how hard this is for me. Here are the films I’m trying to cram in:

The 39 Steps (1935)
The 39 Steps (1935)
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
 Rebecca (1940)
Rebecca (1940)
Casablanca (1941)
Casablanca (1941)
Citizen Kane (1941)
I Wake Up Screaming (1941)
I Wake Up Screaming (1941)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Detour (1945)
Detour (1945)
The Stranger (1946)
The Stranger (1946)
The Lady in the Lake (1947)
The Lady in the Lake (1947)
The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
Out of the Past (1947)
Out of the Past (1947)
Call Northside 777 (1948)
Call Northside 777 (1948)
Criss Cross (1949)
Criss Cross (1949)
The Set-Up (1949)
The Set-Up (1949)
The Third Man (1949)
The Third Man (1949)
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
In a Lonely Place (1950)
In a Lonely Place (1950)
Night and the City (1950)
Night and the City (1950)
Rashamon (1950)
Rashamon (1950)
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Night of the Hunter (1955)
Night of the Hunter (1955
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
The Killing (1956)
The Killing (1956)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
The Brain (1962)
The Brain (1962)
Chinatown (1974)
Chinatown (1974)
Blade Runner (1982)
Blade Runner (1982)
Blood Simple (1984)
Blood Simple (1984)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Miller’s Crossing (1990)
Miller’s Crossing (1990)
Barton Fink (1991)
Barton Fink (1991)
Red Rock West (1993)
Red Rock West (1993)
Shallow Grave (1994)
Shallow Grave (1994)
Ed Wood (1994)
Ed Wood (1994)
The Underneath (1995)
The Underneath (1995)
Bound (1996)
Bound (1996)
Gattaca (1997)
Gattaca (1997)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)
The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)

2 comments on “Film Noir Lighting Lecture

  1. All that in one hour?! Are you just showing 4 second stills?

  2. Pingback: Week 2: Unit 4: Genre – Lydia Reeves

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