Revisiting the Classic Mystery Films
Perhaps no other film genre has been more consistently popular with audiences than the classic mystery, with its talented detectives, curious clues, and logical (though often surprising) solutions. This seminar will examine some of the finest specimens of the movie mystery, with attention to the literary sources behind the film, the impact of the film on subsequent efforts within the genre, the techniques of the master detective, the creation of an appropriate atmosphere for the development of the plot, and the filmmaker's techniques for revealing the identity of the villain. Participants should come to a better understanding of the ways in which great examples of this important genre have transcended the ages with both the public and the film critics alike.
Jack Rhodes received his Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Texas at Austin and later became interested in communication and film studies. His principal academic assignments were at Colorado College, the University of Utah, and Miami University (Ohio), where he taught the graduate course on Rhetoric of Film for several years. Rhodes also served as chair of the Department of Communication at Miami and retired as executive director of Miami's regional campus in Hamilton, Ohio. He is the author of three books and several scholarly articles and has recently concentrated his research and lecturing on the rhetoric of film genres. This will be his ninth year teaching Björklunden seminars.