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Jan 25 2016 Hugo: an introduction to approaches to film studies Why does film matter? why/how is film studied? o for its formal-aesthetic value: “film as art” film is a unique art form: realistic Zerstreuung: the German word for a good film experience Editing: the unique “language” of cinema Film is “the work of a highly individual artist”: Auteur theory director as all-important innovations in film… from invention to digitization--”opens out onto the vista of the end” (Dyer, 1) o for its social-ideological value: cultural studies approach “popular” texts are important bc tof what they say about the beliefs, assumptions and values (ideologies) of a society Power & difference who has influence over the production of culture and what culture says about or to groups of people Nostalgia a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past a movie about the past says as much about the present Modernity, the rapid changes in early-mid 20th century industrialization, urbanization, mass production and mass media machines, mechanical productions and the time clock centralized factory production process waged and divided labor mass production and endlessly repressible cultural forms (including film) fragmentation--in work, living arrangements mobility, leaving traditional homes and having to create new cultural communities technological and long distance communications mechanical warfare Pattern: film as a way to understand/survive modernity Jan 27 2016 Media Commentary: Analysis-Identify: themes, patterns, and elements of content and form to see how meaning is being produced Interpretation-Argue (w evidence from Analysis): the meaning of those themes, patterns and elements Evaluation-Value: is it good, aesthetically as a text and ideologically for the world? Hugo Pattern in it: film as way to understand/survive modernity
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people are broken bc of their interaction in the real world Movies can save people…hugo hanging from the clock to save him come together to make sense of our world Pattern: early film artistry and technology George Melies, 1861-1938 “films have the power to capture dreams” magician/illusionist early filmmaker and innovator in special effects fantasy, narrative films and non-narrative illusion films toy salesman in Paris train station did not build automaton family life was not the same as in the movie he DID machinist at family factory built camera and studio w others industrial film relationship; he burnt his props so the company wouldn't get them nostalgia for early film innovation, not dream factories 1. Hollywood studio system, dream factories. Mass production- “Assembly line” model of industrial production 2. Vertical Integration- production, distribution, and exhibition 3. A “stable of stars” on contract: someone could only work for one studio 4. Classical narrative feature films 5. Dominant globally
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