CTCS_190_–_Week_10_Lecture - CTCS 190 Week X Classical...

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CTCS 190 – Week X Classical Period: 1929-1945 A. Definition of Genre 1. Definition – category of great number of artistic works that share characteristics 2. Content/form distinction a. What (content) vs. How (form) b. Content: story and thematic elements of a movie c. Form: how content is expressed, configured d. Genre relates to content and form 3. Constituents of a genre a. Myth/Story (Content) b. Convention (Form) i. Musical – singing, dancing ii. Gangster – slang dialogue iii. Action – Special effects c. Iconography i. Series of images and sounds that are part of one genre as opposed to another B. Film Genres 1. Tragedy – pathos and logos a. Tragedy is about man breaking limits, being true to oneself, heroic, i. Arouses fear and pity, thought and recollection ii. Man trying to be like God, infallible iii. Presumes a significant universe (fate, providence) b. Not a contemporary form i. Antihero prevalent today Marx and Freudian – passive humans Tragic hero appears in nostalgic or comic way c. Cultures where tragedy is prevalent: Greek, Buguiouse, Arthur Miller 2. Comedy - logos a. Comedy is about man being fallible (slip on a banana peel) b. Comedy makes you think c. Many sub-forms d. Conventions: i. Storyline is stylized b/c requires distance from character
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This note was uploaded on 03/07/2008 for the course CTCS 190 taught by Professor Casper during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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CTCS_190_–_Week_10_Lecture - CTCS 190 Week X Classical...

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