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Semester: 2

Credits: 30

FM4111: The European Crime Film

Crime is differently understood and presented in different historical and cultural situations. Looking at crime in the context of European cinema enables us to consider what is at stake in these differences and how specific cinematic traditions have shaped them and offered them as entertainment. For instance, a focus on the serial killer in European cinema illuminates ways of giving cultural significance to a figure of actual statistical unimportance. It opens up onto issues such as the definition of this form of murder, concepts of narrative (seriality) and explanation, and ideas of serial killing as symptomatic of modernity, humanity or masculinity.