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The Truman Show (98) Satire ­ real vs. allusion/ artifice ­ Art and commerical film ­ Commercial actors ­ Expensive → comercial ­ Art b/c it satirizes reality and how people are so obsessed with each other’s lives ­ Reality shows ­ Product placement ­ Shows how commercial tv is ­ THe environment is very relaist but also fabricated because it looks fake → too perfect ­ Realism vs. Formalism ­ Reflecive ­ Showing the light on the process of film ­ We are voyeuristically watching jim carrey as well ­ Our realities are not the only reality (Carrey grows up in a fishbowl) ­ Ideologies ­ Very spectatorist ­ Both diegetic and nondiegetic ­ Manipulated by the director ­ Satire of how music scores manipulates our emotions ­ Chalie (Shadow of a Doubt) and Truman ­ Naive about the outside world ­ Both born in this bubble and wants to leave ­ Awakened by the world ­ Satirical aspect of a creator ­ Religious aspect ­ He thinks he’s like a god like person ­ Satire of the director as Auteur ­ Loving side to the Cristoph ­ paternal ­ Fruedian ­ Truman looses his father and Crhirs becomes that and makes his life as best as it can be Identity/indivisualism/virtual world and voyourism Freudian? Genre or non­genre/ art? Friends, family, culture, surbia TV becomes more commercial Film and the Spectator (Lead­in to contemporary film theory ­­ deeper into social, psychological, political bases of film) Walter Benjamin, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Production (1936) Art has its own aura, uniqueness
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Neo­Marxist crique via German “Frankfurt School” in wake of 20th C. facist movements, WWi
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  • Winter '08
  • modern industrial capitalism, radical new ways, contemporary film theory, angles film actor, new mass consumer, C. facist movements

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