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Unformatted text preview: Week 12 Modernist Film 02/03/2009 03:56:00 Modernist genre film (from lecture, Bordwell &amp; Thompson and Casper &amp; Edwards), examples from &quot;The Sting&quot; and other relevant films Claire Keneally Conditions and Causes for Modernism in American Film The antiestablishmentarianism of the Age of Aquarius, 1963-1976 The impact of European film The end of censorship Conglomerate takeover of the studios Director as auteur Modernism Modernism and the other arts; modernism and film Modernisms two basic tenets Thematically: self-conscious engagement with social and moral values Every work self-consciously engages itself and questions with social and moral values Formally: experimentation with formal strategies of the respective art form/medium You will see all aesthetics of film making techniques change You will find a protagonist in the world who will question the norms of the world. The might accept the things or create new ones Protagonist on literal or metaphorical journey of self to find meaning In classical the world is homogenous, one truth and its absolute In modernist there are no absolutes and everything is relative Modernist substitutes law morality with situational ethic. For Modernist there is no extrinsic meaning. In classical there is natural order law where things that occur naturally in nature are just and things that oppose those are evil. New ways of telling stories The narrative will be very different in modernist because anything can happen or oppose the natural order of law Point of view The only truth that exist in modernism is what works for the individual. There are multiple points of view in modernist films to show how a situation relates to an individual. Reflexivity Could be in passages, the entire work. The work embodies consciousness turning back on itself. Formal characteristics turned around by director. We will see all forms of formal design being used and manipulate, Shows the machinery of film making a film. (Singing in the Rain) Part of the experience is to see the movie make itself. Open Texture Filmic intertextuality When a movie steps out of itself and shows other films (Singing in the Rain montage of other sound films) Non-filmic intertextuality Use materials or other structures to help make itself. Painting, literature, photography Extra-filmic intertextuality Uses structures that are non-aesthetic in nature to help make the film. Look to crime technology, detective technology Incorporation of different materials and styles...
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This note was uploaded on 03/02/2009 for the course CTCS 18000 taught by Professor Casper during the Fall '09 term at USC.
- Fall '09