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Unformatted text preview: Film Theory – 04/07/08 No “grand” theory : Different types of analysis more appropriate for some films than others. Three Basic Areas:- The work (the film)- The artists (the director)- The audience Different types of study (dominated by Europeans)- Realism (one of several approaches to studying the work) o Film us like looking through a window at the real world o Andre Bozin (film theorist): Film is like a fingerprint Well known realist film movements:- Non-fiction : Documentary films: o Robert J. Flaherty - Nanook of the North- Italian Neo-realism : Following WW2 a group of filmmakers who wanted to use film to show real-life conditions in Italy o E.g. The Bicycle Thief – rejects escapist films inspired third world filmers to make real-world films Escapism : films that portray images that are removed from reality Formalism in Cinema - 04/14/08 Underlying assumption: Film is not merely a recording device. It is at its best when used subjectively by an artist. Formalist Philosophy- Film is not a window. It cannot show the real world- If you think “seeing is believing” you’re kidding yourself- All filmmakers make creative, subjective decisions, even documentary directors- Film is a canvas upon which an artist creates subjective visions Magic- Georges Méliès was a French magician who discovered that the camera could create entertaining magic- His films include such “tricks” as double exposure, stop-action and pyrotechnics- One of his best known films – A Trip to the Moon (1902) Nightmare- After WWI there was three well-known film genres in Germany: o Historical dramas o Porn (seriously he gave us a little mini lecture on it) o German Expressionism- Expressionism deals with death, mysticism, the occult and psychosis...
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