NotesWeek10ClassicalPeriod - Part 1 The Classical Period...

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Part 1: The Classical Period: 1929-1945 A) Definition of Genre- distinct type of category that a certain group of films are related and share common characteristics a. Content/form distinction i. Difference between content and form is that content is what is being said and form is how it is said ii. Content is the criteria which we distinguish between genres b. Myths, conventions, and iconography as constituents of a genre i. Conventions- certain ways of doing things in genres/talk some about form 1. Musicals- use music and dance to tell the story 2. Science fiction- uses special effects ii. Iconography- series of images and sounds that are repeated in a number of films of the same genre 1. In gangster film, it’s the flipping of a coin; hear screeching of brakes or machine gun c. Content of the work (Myth)- the stories i. Myth- same story ii. Message- Same sort of subjects/themes iii. Same Characters iv. Same Settings v. Same type of actors vi. Same dialogue/movements vii.Same atmospheres viii. Same conflicts d. Form of the work i. Visual design/composition/sound design B) Film Genres
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a. Tragedy- image of man going beyond the balance, breaking the limits, being heroic, pressing to reach the realm of heaven and be like a God, appealing to man’s infallibility i. Not in use today; we don’t live in a world of heroes ii. The hero is evoked nostalgically today (Star Wars, etc) iii. Age of anti-heroes iv. Implies a ceiling and a cellar; implies a significant universe; when you secularlize (like today) you displace these ceilings/cellars v. Tragedy arouses fear and pity and we don’t want fear and pity from out art forms today vi. Tragedy’s make us think and we don’t like thinking (we is dumb) b. Comedy- image of man being finite, limited, boundaried i. Comedy stylizes the character and situation; has an abstract quality
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