Event—Adult Education

Film Noir and Chicago


Bogart and Bacall in The Big Sleep, National Motion Picture Council, 1946. Source: New Movies, the National Board of Review Magazine via Wikimedia Commons.

Class Description

Explore the Film Noir genre during its heyday of the 1940s and 1950s, as well as later “neo-noir” productions. Discussions will define the genre and map its history from literary sources onward. We will also focus on film noir examples set in Chicago. From The Big Sleep (1946) to Chinatown (1974), and with provided readings and film links, the “clues” are there to track this genre!

Chad Beharriell has a graduate degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities and has taught History and Film Studies at the university and community college level for almost two decades. In addition to teaching, he contributes as a freelance writer to various publications.

Materials List


  • Instructor-Distributed Materials

First Reading

Cost and Registration

3 Sessions, $150 ($135 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

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