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NotesWeek11PostclassicalPeriod - Part 2: The Postclassical...

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Part 2: The Postclassical Period: 1946-1962 A) Conditions and causes for Genre experimentation in American film a. The post-war years of transition in America, 1946-1962 i. Ginormous transition of culture. Everything changed: political, societal, religious, and that led to aesthetic change ii. Genre is a myth or story of the culture: what we like/dislike/embrace/what we dream about constitutes the myths. So if the culture is going to change, the myths have to change b. Creator and consumer sophistication i. Younger kids saw the classical movies on television ii. Creators wanted to do something different because audiences have seen these before; audiences expected something different c. Technological developments d. Easing of censorship i. It gets looser, allowing filmmakers to say things more profoundly and fully. ii. Allows them to say things they WOULDN’T say before iii. European movies thought character before they thought plot and they had an influence on this genre experimentation 1. They also didn’t follow formulas as much e. The breakup of the Studio System and the Mode of Independent Production i. Some studios were factories and pumping out movies before the war ii. Now you could be a director/author/actor and get a script and take it to the studio for financing and equipment iii. The studio let these artists handcraft their own movies iv. An independent production said something that was never said before, something that HAD to be said v. A new way of making a genre film
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f. The auteur-genre dialectic B) Types of Genre Experimentation a. Topical accommodation of myths i. There was a stress towards realism after WWII. It brought about a seriousness of consumers and creators. 1.
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