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Lesson 15: Assessment of LearningMay 14, 2018Task 1: Opinion Piece – Draft CopyPThere are numerousthemes that are inherent in all postmodern films use several typesof themes toaccentuate thecentral idea of creating new from the old. Using the evidence as seen in the filmFight Club (1999) and Play (2011) we can clearlyseeobservecore the elementsthemesof postmodernism in the formof fragmentation, anunreliable narrator, and the questioning reality. These elements are distinct but also complement to form the bases of what is identified aspostmodernin the film. It could be argued thatArguablysome of these elements are could berepresentative of both modern or existential movements howeverthis is clearly a misinterpretation. The of the evolution of those previous modern and existentialmovementsideas intohas becomethe entirely unique themeselementspresent in postmodern films.The postmoderntheme of Fragmentation is easilyidentified in thenarrative sequencing in both Fight Club (1999) and Play (2011)fragmentation as it playsa central role in theis key to theaudiencecomprehensionstyleof the both. filmand thepostmoderncontextthat they are representing. Fight Club (1999) hasusespathologicalpathologicallyfragmentednarrativefragmentation is seen thoughtthroughoutthe film. The filmjumpingjumps fromthroughbothideas to idea, contextsto context with little regard for the traditional linear progressionof storytelling. and intime in a fragmented way throughthe film. Seemingly arbitrary quotes are out of context for scenes.,Aan example isafter the car crash Tyler says “In the world I see - you are stalking elk through the damp canyon forests around the ruins of Rockefeller Center. You'll wear leather clothes that will last you the rest of your life. You'll climb the wrist-thick kudzu vines that wrap the Sears Tower. And when you look down, you'll see tiny figures pounding corn,laying strips of venison on the empty car pool lane of some abandoned superhighway” this quote is out of context for the scene but adds to the disjointed messaging of the overall movie. The filmPage 1 of 15
Lesson 15: Assessment of LearningMay 14, 2018Play (2011) brings fragmentation to the heart of how the film is interpretedfilm’s messagesunderstood by the audience.Ias it performsjarring cuts from one ‘game’ to another without any real explanation or context. It could be argued that fragmentation is a modernist stylehowever Modernist modernist tend to express sadness for this styleof fragmentation, lamenting its existence. while pPostmodernist embraces it fragmentationwith glee,turning it into playfulnarratives, chaoticor dark humournew works of disjointed reality. This evolutionof attitude almost parallelsthe stages of grief one experiencesafter a traumaticloss. This parallelcan be interpretedas a maturing of social opinionsand is illustrative of the evolution from modernismto postmodernism.