Gender, Power and the
Film Noir—II
Student Edition
Based on Works by
Andreia Thaxton Jeneen Surrency
Aaron Simmons Greg Thompson
Created and Edited by : Dr. Kay Picart@ 2002
Film Noir--Lecture Outline
 This
PowerPoint is broken into two
sections.
 This
division should correspond to two
fifty minute class sessions.
Film Noir--Lecture Outline (2)
One covers John Belton’s
article “Film Noir: Somewhere in the
Night,” and L.A. Confidential as an
example of Film Noir
 Section Two covers the Brian Gallagher
text and its relationship to the film
 Each section will contain discussion
questions relative to the information.
 Section
Film Noir: Time, Section Two
 Homoeroticism
 Sexual
(25 minutes)
Warfare (25 minutes)
Session Two:
Applying Brian Gallagher’s
‘I Love
You Too’: Sexual
Warfare and Homoeroticism in
Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity”
to L.A. Confidential
LAC - “The Threesome”

What is the threesome,
according to Gallagher?
Continued on Next Slide
LAC - “The Threesome” (2)

Apply the notion of the triangle in L.A.
Confidential.
LAC - Antagonism/ Banter

Show
that
Double
Indemnity and L.A.
Confidential
contain
sexual warfare and
bantering. Cite specific
scenes and use film
form
language
to
analyze these.
Continued on Next Slide
LAC - Antagonism/ Banter (2)

Compare
and
contrast the verbal
battles in LAC and
DI.
Continued on Next Slide
LAC - Antagonism/ Banter (3)
 Compare
Phyllis and
Lynn in their verbal
sparring abilities and
their use of their
sexual powers. Cite
specific scenes.
LAC - Homoeroticism
LAC and DI’s hints of
homoerotic relationships. Cite specific
examples, and pay attention to film form.
 Compare
Continued on Next Slide
LAC - Phyllis vs. Lynn
 Gallagher
notes that in
Double Indemnity Phyllis is
depicted in a common Film
Noir as _____________?
(How
is
her
beauty
depicted?)
Continued on Next Slide
LAC - Phyllis vs. Lynn (2)
 How
are Phyllis and Lynn
depicted? Pay attention to
the mechanics of how they
are shot.
Continued on Next Slide
LAC - Phyllis vs. Lynn (3)
the camera’s voyeurism as it
depicts Phyllis walking down the steps,
and how Lynn is first revealed
underneath her dark hood.
 Discuss
LAC - Redemption of Woman

According to Gallagher, Double Indemnity
suggests that heterosexual relationships are
___________.

In contrast, L.A. Confidential, however, shows
that
heterosexual
relationships
are
________________.

Compare and contrast the endings of both
films.
Continued on Next Slide
LAC - Redemption of Woman (2)
 Describe
how Lynn looks
at the end of L.A.
Confidential. What does
that imply?
LAC - What do you think?
How does the “love” between Lynn and Bud
complicate the homoerotic reading between
Bud and Ed?
 Does the final scene between Bud and Ed
really suggest a “tender moment” that should
be read as homoerotic, or is it simply a farewell
between partners and sex is irrelevant and
circumstantial?
 How could you make a claim one way or
another?
 Does Bud redeem Lynn or does she save him?

Double Indemnity Novella vs. Film
Novella
Key characteristics?
Film
Key
characteristics?
Double Indemnity The Final Product
 “What
was essentially a
murderous
story with strong sexual overtones
becomes a sexual story with strong
murderous overtones.”
From: Brian Gallahger “I Love You Too”: Sexual Warfare &
Homoeroticism in Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity.
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