CTCS 190 Final - Genre and period breakdown

CTCS 190 Final - Genre and period breakdown - Some Like It...

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Some Like It Hot (1959) Era: Post-Classical Style: Hollywood Classical Realism Genre: Comedy Argument for Post-Classical period: Some Like It Hot demonstrates many of the Post-Classical elements, including the more relaxed attitude toward sex and sexuality of the post-classical era as well as the tabloidization of America shown through the casting of Marilyn Monroe. Additionally, the film makes use of hybridization of genre as it combines comedy with gangster and also uses genre as a vehicle for social commentary on sexuality. The film also addresses the post-classical practice of different leisure activities, especially travel, by taking the viewer to sunny Florida. Argument for Hollywood Classical Realist Style: Some Like It Hot demonstrates Hollywood Classical Realism in several ways, including it’s use of high transparency as it attempts to engulf the viewer within the film. Additionally, the film also portrays the world as homogenous, larger-than-life and ideal. The use of young handsome actors (Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis) as well as larger than life actress Marilyn Monroe greatly demonstrates the films view on the world as an ideal, beautiful place. Additionally, the way the characters in the film encounter conflict and tension throughout the film but it all resolves itself at the end of the film is another key example of how the film can be categorized as Hollywood Classical Realist. The linear structure of the film also contributes to the film being interpreted as realist. Strangers On A Train (1951) Era: Post-Classical Style: Formalism: Expressionism Genre: Suspense Thriller Argument for Post-Classical Period: Strangers on a Train demonstrates several elements of the post-classical period, most notably the auter-genre dialectic. As the breakup of the studio system was a key element of the post-classical period, the auter (or director in this case) of the film began to be a much more prominent factor in the making of film. As the film is first and foremost noted as a Hitchcock film over anything else, and the way Hitchcock is directly related to genre of Suspense Thriller, this is a great example of the auter-genre dialectic in the post-classical period. Additionally, the cultural changes of the culture being more relaxed on issues of sex and sexuality allow the protagonist to be an adulterer. Argument for Expressionism: The film makes a high use of the expression of essential reality rather than surface reality by showing the world subjectively to draw attention to the most important parts of each scene. The use of personal reality in the film as opposed to outer feelings is shown several times throughout the film. A key example of this is the scene in which Bruno meets Guy at a party and Anne’s eyes are immediately drawn to Bruno’s tie clip. By showing the tie clip the scene is shown subjectively from Anne’s perspective and the viewer makes the connection that Anne recognizes Bruno because of the tie clip. Also,
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course CTCS 190 taught by Professor Casper during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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CTCS 190 Final - Genre and period breakdown - Some Like It...

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