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    Freelance editor and blogger. I've been reading mystery and detective stories since I was a child. I read every Nancy Drew mystery I could get my hands on when I was young. Since taking Richard Edwards's "Summer of Darkness" course in the summer of 2015 and watching noir faithfully ever since, I think I can say that I am no longer new to film noir and neo-noir.

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    The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
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    Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (2016; 12 words; perhaps more timely than ever!)
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    Walk East on Beacon (1952) Sleepers West (1941)
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    ClassiCategories How about some lessons on the art of pie throwing?!?! This link is from
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    Act of Violence (1949)

    We'll have to agree to disagree on this one, TopBilled.
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    Act of Violence (1949)

    Act of Violence is one of my favorites. I think it gets the despair of the main character exactly right. That sequence when he runs down the tunnel depicts his despair and then his transformation to acceptance of his situation in a way that really sticks with me. I even like the title: the act of violence could apply to the original act of betrayal (that wasn't intended to be betrayal) and then the psychological violence that eddies out from it. I agree with Eddie Muller on this one!
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    Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), with Judy Garland and Margaret O'Brien.
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    The English Patient (1996). I can't forget Ralph Fiennes carrying Kristin Scott Thomas . . . was it to or from the burning plane in the desert?!
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    Hangover Square (1945)

    I saw Hangover Square a few months ago and I'm not sure how to classify it either. I guess it's noir, but the period costumes seemed to detract from the "noir-ness" of the film. And, of course, the fact that the story takes place "pre-noir": That's the best way I can describe my reaction to the film. That scene with the bonfire also seems to put the film closer to horror. It was really creepy. I'm not a big fan of categories, however, and putting the film into noir and horror would work for me.
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    Doesn't Dana Andrews address his PTSD in a cockpit in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)? And the plane never leaves the ground, I believe. I need to see this film again; it's been too long.
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    Has anyone mentioned Ida Lupino and Collier Young?
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    Comden and Green did the same with Singin' in the Rain, except they interviewed silent film actors and crew members about the transition to sound.
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    John Huston and Evelyn Keyes (I just saw The Prowler again).
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    I just saw Meet Me in St. Louis for the first time last night. I didn't know that Tootie is based on the original author's childhood. It was a charming movie, especially the scene in which Judy Garland sings "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" to her younger sister. (There's no place like home, Dorothy!)
  15. Dr. Richard Edwards provided this information at 5. What If I Don’t Get My Certificate? There are three steps we ask you to perform before you email us on or after 7/20/18 that you have not received your Certificate: Verify you are in the same email account as your Canvas account (many of us have multiple email accounts, so make sure you are in the right one) Verify that the Certificate is not in your SPAM or JUNK folders! We have learned from the last three courses that our bulk email service is sometimes flagged as spam or junk by your email provider. If it is not in your Inbox, please check your folders marked spam or junk – it is probably in there. Wait at least 1 day (Saturday, 7/21/18) before you start emailing us – many things can happen when you send attachments around the world – so at least wait 24 hours before you assume they you have not received your Certificate. If after following these three steps, you still have not received your email, then please contact your instructor through the Canvas Inbox. Please do not try to call us or track down the Certificate by any other means. An email through Canvas is sufficient. We will do our best to quickly resolve your issue.

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