Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Film Noir and the Hollywood Blacklist


Price for Members: $85
Price for Non-Members: $127
Date/Time: Mon. March 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18, & 25   1:00 – 3:00
Instructor: Elliot Lavine, Instructor of film studies courses for Stanford, nationally renowned film programmer
Location: Online

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Course Description

By the end of the 1940s, brilliant careers were suddenly and often tragically ended as widespread and unfounded fears about Communist infiltration of the film industry reached a panic-level. Ruthless and ambitious zealots like Senator Joseph McCarthy fueled them. This course will focus on the industry’s main victims, the writers, directors, and stars of films that found ways to criticize aspects of American life. Their films, ones from a genre now often labeled “film noir”, were apt vehicles for conveying critical and potentially unpopular views on crime, policing, punishment, and politics. Let’s turn out the lights and take a look at some of these cynical, usually violent, and allegedly “un-American” tales. OLLI and Mr. Lavine will help you understand what was really at issue in the controversies over them. (ONLINE)


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Elliot Lavine, instructor of film studies courses for Stanford, nationally renowned film programmer.

Event Details

Date: 2022-03-21

Start time: 01:00 p.m.

End time: 03:00 p.m.



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