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Unformatted text preview: WEEK 6: Straw Dogs review 10/12/2008 22:21:00 Straw Dogs (Sam Peckinpah, 1971) Film as Technology/Business/Entertainment/Art/Cultural Product Week 1 Entertainment o Moments of extreme suspense and anxiety; build-up of emotions, especially during rape scene and ending sequence; fast pace keeps audience entertained Art o 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 o Made during the time of Vietnam War (violence), 4 students killed at Kent State It wasnt 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 Amys 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 o Plot duration: several weeks o Story duration: few years o 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 Amys 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 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 o Posture- slightly slouched o Minimal facial expressions except during the ending sequence when his true emotions are finally revealed o Physicality: Voice: timid, quiet Body: walks lightly o Players importance- great o Type of player- star actor o Can play many different roles o Can be vulnerable (Straw Dogs) or aggressive (Hook) o Method actor- build performance from memory and perceptual observation o Characters relationship to setting- he doesnt fit in; very American; not liked by the 3 men working on the garage o Very passive; lets things go too easily; doesnt 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 isnt wearing a bra (doesnt stand up for her) Visual Design/ Mise-en-scne Week 4 Setting- shot on location in England; countryside; away from the rest of the town (reveals separation from the rest of the people)...
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This note was uploaded on 03/04/2009 for the course CTCS 18000 taught by Professor Casper during the Fall '09 term at USC.

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