Option 1: How does Devil in a Blue Dress both adhere to and deviate from the conventions of noir? How do its deviations become a means of critiquing the noir genre’s tropes (e.g., centering themes, spaces, and characters that are sometimes marginalized in more conventional versions of the genre)? To make your argument, choose a specific scene from Devil in a Blue Dressand analyze it in relation to the concepts in the reading and lectures.
Option 2: Drawing from Johnson’s discussion of her filmmaking process, what did you make of In the Airas an experiment in participatory filmmaking? How does Johnson describe the significance of place in her film? Choose a scene from the film and discuss it in relation to mise en scene (actors, locations, etc.) and cinematography.