CTCS_200_Notes-Extra_Credit - 1895-1940 1894 Kinetoscope...

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1895-1940 27/08/2007 17:01:00 1894 – Kinetoscope parlors opening in the U.S. Shooting vs. Projection Undercranking – recording on fewer frames than normal (than projected);  leads to sped up motion Overcranking – recording on more frames than normal; leads to slow motion   Similarity between early Film and YouTube videos As if from a WebCam o Single frame, single take o The aesthetic is almost bad/amateur on purpose o Narrative gets the hits Word of mouth advertising Popular with children Inherent visual interest o Children o Animals Profit-making has not really been determined yet Classic Hollywood Obsession with not confusing the audience
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Conventions had not solidified in early cinema Perfection of camera & projector mechanic timing Insertion of Sprockets onto strip The people who made money are the people who create and promote the  “standard” French Impressionism 1920s – experimental films o As a defense against Hollywood o Rise of film societies (Founded by Louis Delluc) Asked what film should be Saw Hollywood as klunky recycling of D.W. Griffith or  adaptations of theatre Concept of photogenie Silent Comedies Buster Keaton o Gravelly voice o Made sound films, but they weren’t nearly as popular as his silent films o Technically saavy o Father was partners with Houdini o Stage tricks o
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o He’s just part of the scenery Far back in the frame Charlie Chaplin o Starved when he was young o On the stage very young o Developed the Tramp character at the Keystone Studios o Formed United Artists Gave Chaplin a lot of control o Considered controversial Sordid sexual history Had affairs with costars Living with girls out of wedlock Twice married 16yr olds Messy divorces Very liberal o Universal principles Being an adult is just an act Just posturing o Studio system o He’s the center of the story Gives himself the glamour treatment
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German Expressionism Best poetic and expressive aspects of film Object o Art cinema Unlike the split between New York (intellectual/cultural) and Los  Angeles (Hollywood filmmakers), in Germany everything is  concentrated in one place Leading edge intellectual topics (such as Freud’s psychology)  found its way into Expressionism o Compete with Hollywood o Attract a big audience o Be different Twisted architecture & lighting Psychological Government invested a huge amount of money in the studios, so they were  the best equipped in the world at this time Only a dozen or so movies in the genre, but sparked a lot of spinoffs / copies  of imagery
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  • Summer '07
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  • Silent film, Cinema of the United States, films, Sound film, Sound German Film, sound film Lubitzche

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