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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Adult courses

Dark Streets, Alienation, and Betrayal in Film Noir

Week 1: July 5-11, 2015

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Raymond Chandler's crisp and unsettling observation that "the streets were dark with something more than night" points to the world of films in which darkness of various kinds operates outside the margins of reason, common sense, and happy endings. Now categorized as noir and gris, such films flourished in the forties and fifties.

We will screen and discuss a small set of these films from America and the U.K.: Double Indemnity (Wilder, 1944), The Big Sleep (Hawks, 1946), Gilda (Vidor, 1946), The Naked City (Dassin, 1948), and The Third Man (Reed, 1949).

We'll focus on their distinguishing cinematic form, their cultural settings, and their expressions of such unsavory psychological states as betrayal, frustration, greed, lust, envy, alienation, and rage.

Jonathan Kirshner

Jonathan Kirshner is the Stephen and Barbara Friedman Professor of International Political Economy in the Department of Government at Cornell. His research and teaching interests focus on international relations, political economy (especially macroeconomics), and politics and film. He is currently... > more


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Program charges

Below are the program fees and housing choices for the on-campus summer programs. Please contact us if you have questions.

For adults staying on campus, the program fee (per adult, per week) includes the course, lodging, fifteen all-you-care-to-eat meals, banquet dinner, coffee breaks, hospitality hours, evening lectures, walks and talks, welcome and farewell receptions, conference-lot parking fees, and use of most of Cornell’s campus facilities. Some courses have additional fees as noted. Wednesday dinner is on your own. Some campus facilities, such as the golf course, also charge specific user fees.

Standard room, on-campus housing, and meals

$1,970 double occupancy, $100 single supplement

Standard room, on-campus housing with exclusive bath, and meals

$2,030 double occupancy, $150 single supplement

Course fee for commuters and those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites

$1,285. This fee does not include housing or meals. If you wish to stay at Hilton Homewood Suites, please call 607.266.0000 to make a reservation in the CAU block.

Commuter meal plan option

$327. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week in order to enjoy the full CAU experience. It includes six breakfasts, five lunches, and four dinners.