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FINAL STUDY GUIDE!!!!!!!!

FINAL STUDY GUIDE!!!!!!!! - FINAL EXAM West European...

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FINAL EXAM West European Auteurs-Film is an art form and the filmmakers use it for personal expression (making it for art not $$) Fellini (“Life is like an absurd circus and I am the ringmaster”; key film 8 ½) o World view *whats world view? o 8 ½ - about a film maker who is suffering a creative block as he tries to make his next movie. 8 ½ signifies the number of films (by his calculation) that he’d made so far.(pg 532) Louis Buñuel (more than his films, note his critical attitude toward church, capitalism and middle-class society) (added from the guide he passed out to this was..His humor is evident o “I’ve always been an atheist, thank god!” o Hates capitalism and religion, esp catholisism-uses films to mock them o Best known films include “Un chien Andalou,” “Dairy of a Chamber Maid” & “ Belle de Jour” (wealthy house wife becomes bored and becomes a hooker) Bergman (Spiritual themes; key films Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries) o Spiritual themes-mans meaning for existence, mans relationship to god. o Seventh Seal-established him as an important artist. Man, death and god.—a poetic allegory of a medieval knight caught up in a losing chess match with Death, Berman brilliantly evoked the Middle Ages and posed the first of a series of metaphysical questions about the relationship of man to God, a theme that was to occupy him for a decade. o Wild Strawberries-his greatest work of 1950’s. Man reflecting on life achievements when he receives a big award.---Constructed around dreams and memories as hey assail the elderly Isak Borg, a distinguished professor of science who is being driven across contemporary Sweden by his daughter-in-law to receive an honorary doctorate at the niversity of Lund. Borg’s journey occasions a descent into the unconscious mind in which he is forced to confront all
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