Back in the day, people used to talk about going back and taking a few college courses just for fun. Not anymore. Now if you're taking a college course for any reason, you'd best be prepared to go into serious debt (and serious plasma loss) to do it, particularly if you'd like to take a class at a private institution like Texas Christian University. According to their Web site, tuition runs right about $800 per credit hour these days, and that's no small chunk of change. But imagine if you got to take about $1200 in coursework from an esteemed TCU communications professor for free. And you didn't have to do homework. Sounds pretty sweet, no? Well, during American Cinema: Film Noir and the Detective Film, that's exactly what you'll get. There's no college credit, but you do get to learn about the history and cultural impact of film noir, particularly in the form of the detective film. TCU's Dr. David E. Whillock will present a four-part lecture and film series starting tonight, actually derived from the curriculum of a master's level course. The inaugural lecture on the literary influences of the detective novel on film will be followed by a screening of Murder, My Sweet, considered a pre-eminent example of noir. Admission to the series is free, and all sessions will be held at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. Visit themodern.org for further information.
Wed., Sept. 5