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NotesWeek12ModernismPeriod

NotesWeek12ModernismPeriod - Part 3 The Modernist Period...

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Part 3: The Modernist Period: 1963-1976 A) Conditions and Causes for Modernism in American Film a. The antiestablishmentarianism of the Age of Aquarium, 1963-1976 b. The impact of European film i. Brought about a blowing apart the boundaries of genre. ii. The genres lost its borders and all these entities had specific elements from each myth iii. The European directors were taking their films and going to the streets. Italian directors were filming Italians resisting the Germans than rebuilding Italy. This movement was seen as Neo-realism iv. In the North, chamber dramas were being made of alienation and loneliness in Swedish chamber dramas v. England was moving from movies about royalty and into the films of the lower class, the disenfranchised. English Free Cinema vi. Poland/Eastern Europe- new black comedy vii. France- revolutionary type of cinema, using cinema to remake itself (the new wave) viii. This newness in what they were saying and how they were saying it and felt purely and undiluted c. The end of censorship d. Conglomerate takeover of the studios e. Director as auteur B) Modernism a. Modernism and the other arts; modernism and film i. Reimpacted the movement in film ii. Questioned. How did we go from representational mode of painters to the abstract or surrealism? Something must have happened. Same with music. How do you go from one movement to the next? Something must have happened
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iii. Modernism re-entered to produce alternate cinema iv. Modernism was here at the beginning of the 20st century and affected all the mediums, but stopped. It did not find an audience and was too esoteric. We also had World War I which brought upon change. b. Modernism’s two basic tenets: i. Thematically: self-conscious engagement with social and moral values 1. Every modernist work self-consciously engages itself with all social and moral values a. It is aware of what it is trying to do b. Every modernist film is about a protagonist who is on a literal or figurative jorney to self-awareness and self understanding investigates something that works 2. The cinema is aware that is raising social problems and questions moral values a. Makes the audience aware that the film is aware it is questioning the status quo b.
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