Kenworthy University

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Kenworthy University is a 5-week seminar designed to foster an appreciation of film & enrich the cinematic experience. Enjoy intimate screenings of films followed by group discussions. Each class will cover a different phase in the history of Hollywood. Participants will have the unique opportunity to enjoy each film screening and discussion in the historic Kenworthy balcony.

Fall 2017 Seminar: Film Noir

Explore one of the most exciting and influential periods in Hollywood history: the dark, cynical, and violent post-war films that we now call “film noir.” Centered on tough, hardboiled heroes navigating the labyrinthine criminal underworld accompanied by dangerous and sexy femme fatales, the film noir expressed the cynicism and anxieties of post-WWII America. Exploring the origins and history of this period in Hollywood as well as the massive influence of film noir on US cinema since the 1950s, this course tells the story of one of Hollywood’s darkest and most creative moments.

Each meeting will start by screening a movie and will be followed by a brief lecture and discussion, held in the historic Kenworthy balcony. The five meetings will cover a different phase in the during the noir period:

1. Origins
2. The Femme Fatale
3. The City
4. The End?
5. Neo-Noir

Examples of films that may be viewed during the course:
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Mildred Pierce (1945)
Out of the Past (1947)
Night and the City (1950)
Kiss me Deadly (1955)
Touch of Evil (1958)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Brick (2005)
Sin City (2005)

Class Schedule:
September 10, 12:00 PM- 3:00 PM
September 17, 12:00 PM-3:00 PM
September 24, 12:00 PM-3:00 PM
October 1, 12:00 PM-3:00 PM
October 8, 12:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Facilitator: The fall seminar has been organized and will be facilitated by University of Idaho professor Russ Meeuf. Russ Meeuf holds a PhD in film studies and teaches media courses at the University of Idaho, where he is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Media.  He has published several books on the history of Hollywood. Throughout the seminar there will be guest presenters from both UI and WSU campuses who have a background in cinema studies.

Tuition: $75 per applicant due at time of registration. Space will be limited to 35 registrants.

Registration and tuition payment is due by September 1, 2017.

If a minimum of 20 applications are not received by September 1, the class will be canceled and a full refund will be issued. Applicants who withdraw from the class before September 10, will receive a refund, minus a $15 registration fee.


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Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre
508 Main St. Moscow, ID 83843

Executive Director: Christine Gilmore
Operations Director: Jamie Hill

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