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Unformatted text preview: DRAMA 115- FIRST DAY AFTER EXAM ONE 10/05/09 Todays films: Star Wars, Horror of Dracula and Enemy of the State Unit two- melodrama to modern drama NOTHING MELLOW ABOUT IT Melodrama- third main genre o kind, type The world of melodrama o From French melo-drame, -music-drama Popular, escapist, sentimental Popular- intended to grab a wide and diverse audience Does this by trying to get to our feelings, not about defining points of human condition but offers an accessible experience, heightened plain of experience Escapist- exist on higher scale of character and action Sentimental- appeal towards our feelings more than power of thought Themes tend to be easily assimilated, not investigating gray areas Level is just emotional, not deeper o Sharp distinct conflict between side clearly in right and side clearly in wrong o Clear cut morality Virtue always triumphs and evil is ultimately always exposed and punished o Whole characters Do not suffer deep internal conflict (not like Medea) o External conflict Focus on plot, what is the next situation characters will find themselves in Not exploring depth in terms of character, forward motion and progress with changes in story line Between characters, clear right and wrong Chase scenes, example o Vivid, immediate, effective experience o Focus on plot o Emotional appeal o Restores status quo A lot of sub-genres of melodramatic drama (martial arts, crime, reality tv) September 29, 2008 Drama 115 Big changes in 19 th and 20 th century Realism and alternatives to realism Vocabulary o Genre : kind, type Tragedy Comedy Melodrama o Melodrama Misnomer NOTHING MELLOW ABOUT IT...
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- Spring '08
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