Lecture Notes, Wk 12 - Week 12 pg 1 Genre Part 3 The...

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Week 12 – pg. Genre: Part 3 The Modernist Period: 1963-1976 A. Conditions and Causes for Modernism in American Film 1. The Antiestablishmentarianism of the Age of Aquarius (1963-1976). 2. The Impact of European Film – Modernism hit America by the 60s and 70s after Modernism seen in: a. Sweden Silence b. France c. Middle yore black comedy. 3. The End of Censorship 4. Conglomerate Takeover of the Studios 5. Director as Auteur – director’s films are so distinctive that he/she is seen as the film’s sole creator. a. Hitchcock and John Ford ( Grapes of Wrath ) were auteurs. **Modernism was almost created at the beginning of motion pictures, but died out in the 1920s and ’30s because it wasn’t commercial** 1
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Week 12 – pg. **After WWII it resurfaced again** **Modernism was so revolutionary that it was politically suspect** B. Modernism 1. Modernism and the Other Arts; Modernism and Film 2. Modernisms 2 Basic Tenets/Truths : a. Thematically – intentional self-conscious engagement with social & moral values & problems. As seen by: 1. Modernist protagonist understands one’s self & is on a journey. 2. Literal and metaphorical, and in the end one tries to find meaning and value. 3. Very heterogeneous world. 4. Modernists have situation ethics & believe that people are just as involved as nature is in the outcome of a situation, I. Whereas Classic has natural law ethic w/ the idea that people shouldn’t interfere with nature b/c God created it & to obstruct it is morally evil. 2
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Week 12 – pg. 5. There is no extrinsic meaning on the world, God is silent. 6. The world is absurd & one has freedom & choice to question it.
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