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Osher offers classic film noir course

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is offering a course on classic film noir as part of its Winter 2014 term. The class will meet on Monday afternoons at 2:45 pm and will run from January 27, 2014, to March 17, 2014.

An Osher course on film noir will cover classics like "Out of the Past" (1947).
DVD cover detail from Turner Home Entertainment

Course registration for winter is now open. Annual membership costs $15, in addition to an $85 term tuition fee that allows students to take up to six courses. Students can join OLLI and register for classes at the Osher website. The Osher program is geared toward adults 50 and over; other course offerings for winter include Music for Wellness, Great Russian Literature, French for Beginners, and Turning Points in American History. The schedule also includes many bonus events and lectures.

The Film Noir course will be taught by Classic Movies Examiner Dr. Jennifer Garlen. The class will explore the origins and development of classic film noir, beginning in the 1930s and ending with the late 1950s. Students will be able to watch movie clips in class and borrow films on DVD from the instructor's collection. The class will include discussions of hard-boiled novelists like Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, noir stars like Humphrey Bogart and Robert Mitchum, and iconic detectives like Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe.

You can learn more about classic film noir star Humphrey Bogart by watching the video at the top of this article.

Visit the Osher website for more information. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is housed on the campus of the University of Alabama in Huntsville. You can also call 256-824-6183 to speak with someone about the program.

Jennifer Garlen writes as the Huntsville and National Classic Movies Examiner. Her book, "Beyond Casablanca: 100 Classic Movies Worth Watching," is available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.