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CTCS190 Week 6 – Straw Dogs Review 02/03/2009 03:29:00 Straw Dogs (Sam Peckinpah, 1971) Film as Technology/Business/Entertainment/Art/Cultural Product — Week 1 Entertainment Moments of extreme suspense and anxiety; build-up of emotions, especially  during rape scene and ending sequence; fast pace keeps audience entertained Art The film “stands the test of time” and relates to the inner workings of the human  mind and the violence men are capable of producing; not made purely for  entertainment; allows world to look in on itself and reflect on true nature of man Cultural product Made during the time of Vietnam War (violence), 4 students killed at Kent State It wasn’t warmly received; banned in the UK because of prolonged rape scene;  violence created strong reactions as well Literary Design — Week 2 Plot is David and Amy’s new life in England and the events that soon unfold;  suggests that the story began when they met and that David is running away from  something Plot duration: several weeks Story duration: few years Screen duration: 118 minutes (uncut version) Unrestricted narration/omniscient narration: we know that Amy was raped while  David does not Point-of-view shots offer perceptual subjectivity- we see through Amy’s eyes at  points in the rape scene Causal motivation: planting of info in advance of a scene The men putting the animal trap above fireplace; later used to kill Charlie Thematic structure
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Title “Straw Dogs” was taken writing of a Taoist philosopher Symbol- animals (cat, birds,…) might represent animal-like behavior in people Performance — Week 3 Dustin Hoffman Posture- slightly slouched Minimal facial expressions except during the ending sequence when his true  emotions are finally revealed Physicality: Voice: timid, quiet Body: walks lightly Player’s importance- great Type of player- star actor Can play many different roles Can be vulnerable (Straw Dogs) or aggressive (Hook) Method actor- build performance from memory and perceptual observation Character’s relationship to setting- he doesn’t fit in; very American; not liked by  the 3 men working on the garage Very passive; lets things go too easily; doesn’t want to take action Ex. When the cat is killed Ex. When Amy says the men were staring at her, he tells her she should expect  that if she isn’t wearing a bra (doesn’t stand up for her) Visual Design/ Mise-en-sc è ne — Week 4
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