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Free Online Summer Course on Film Noir

What is film noir?

  • Film Noir is one of Hollywood's only organic artistic movements.” (Source: Film Noir Foundation )
  • Film noir is a cycle of mainly American films of the 1940's and 1950's exploring the darker aspects of modernity, and usually set in a criminal milieu or exploring the consequences of a criminal act.” (Source: Films Noir )

Ted Turner once said in a televised interview that “ Turner Classic Movies ” (TCM) was one of his most unprofitable business endeavors, money-wise. But he's OK with that. Because this cinema history which he chose to preserve was worth every invested penny he lost. So happy you feel that way Mr. Turner, because you preserved so many memories for so many people who will always be grateful. Fount this link to a free TCM online course in film noir. Sounds like fun huh??


Bailey, Jason. " TCM Is Presenting a Free Online Summer Course in Film Noir ." FLAVORWIRE . Flavorpill Media, 20 May 2015. Web.

► Honorable Mention - Side note:

Fellow freelance writer David Stone writes about a lot of cool stuff. His articles about classic movies are very educational and entertaining. Just thought to mention it, in case you're into old movies like me.

Also, if you can't take the course, here is an excellent link:

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* In Memory Of: Roger Ebert (1942 - 2013)

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JohnRoberts wrote on May 21, 2015, 11:42 AM

I didn't know Turner stated that TCM was unprofitable. I wondered how a channel without commercials whose audience skewers older made money. I figured those cable/satellite subscription rates. A nickel from every customer adds up. I love TCM and film noir is greatness from A pictures like Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity to super low budget like Detour.

cmoneyspinner wrote on May 21, 2015, 11:57 AM

JohnRoberts - I knew you would appreciate this post. In fact, as I was typing it I thought of you. Thought to myself: 'I'll bet he gets as excited about this as I did when I saw it!' At one of those sites they published a list of the “Top 25 Film Noirs”. Checked the list because figured if “The Maltese Falcon” wasn't there, then the list was no good! Of course it was on the list! So I'm a happy camper! :) Thanks for your comments.

MegL wrote on May 21, 2015, 12:40 PM

It's great that some people are able to preserve access to a resource that so many appreciate, even if it costs them money.

JohnRoberts wrote on May 21, 2015, 12:48 PM

It was actually the French who first appreciated that genre and coined the term film noir. Most film noir were low budget B pictures. Tough guys and even tougher dames and femmes fatales. Now those were movies for adults.

Kasman wrote on May 21, 2015, 2:38 PM

I love old B&W Hollywood movies but didn't realise they had been classed as a genre all of their own. I am also a fan of old 50s B-movies. Some of them are classics in their own right but aren't so well known.

cmoneyspinner wrote on May 21, 2015, 8:56 PM

Agree. This is one investment where Mr. Turner decided it wasn't about money. The man will never know how truly thankful I am. Also heard there was an argument about colorizing “The Maltese Falcon” and he objected vigorously. He said changing it from black and white to color would totally destroy the mood and effect. I agree. Don't know if he won the argument though. Didn't do a follow-up. Have never seen a colorized version of that movie.

cmoneyspinner wrote on May 21, 2015, 8:57 PM

Yet you're on the Internet. You get two thumbs up for that! :)

cmoneyspinner wrote on May 21, 2015, 9:05 PM

Our generation should really thank the younger generation that has developed this technology to the point that it allows us to be able to watch many of these great old movies, practically on demand, if you can find them. There's probably a site out there somewhere for almost every movie you can remember. Except … I heard … don't know it for a fact … I heard that certain movies had been destroyed in a fire. Not sure how it happened. But they said there was no way to recover these films. That might explain why there are some movies that I can't find no matter where I hunt for them!

cmoneyspinner wrote on June 27, 2016, 7:53 PM

Niume republish.

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