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473 Film Theories 01/11/10 1) Classical Film Theory 1) why did cinema become important? 2) How did it come into existence? 1) What was going on in our culture that led for it to begin? 3) Film is always cultural before technical 1) cinema is not just neutral, we are constantly asking what the conditions surrounding its conception 4) high theory – makes enormous claims, grand explanations. Most of time in class will be dedicated to this 1) this is now being challenged, books like “post-theory” explore this 2) theory often tries to sound like it is absolute truth 1) question what appears to be unquestionable 1) absolute meanings 2) “why do you think that's truthful?” 3) subversive dynamic, explode what is supposed to just be common sense 2) theory's flaw is that it ends up becoming the absolute truth 1) theory is made stronger if it can adapt 5) one of the reasons that theory arose was because 1) cinema as vulgar escapism 2) theory's job was to intervene (cinema seen as “less-artistic” than other arts) 3) how it gains its power and cultural ascendency 1) theory doesn't like anything to be called “natural” or “truthful” 2) at base of any theoretical inquery is the idea that everything is structured 6) what theory does is theoretical interrogation of what's at stake, what kind of power is being flattered 1) theory can be seen as irritating, backlash against theory 1) has a tendency to promote itself as the truth 1) can be a dangerous discourse 2) Cinema finds cultural power within the “modern” or “modernism” 1) by end of 19 th century, cinema is occupying vast cultural debate about the position of the modern 2) modernism is phenomen of the 20 th century, modern comes from the Rennaissance 1) modern accompanies certain sense that old way of understanding the world has somehow lost its credibility 1) overturning an old tradition 2) sense of loss 3) something that had once been secure is now lost 4) great excitement about the new 1) grief about what's been lost 2) how we are going to react to that loss 3) Renaissance 1) radical break about what came before it 1) ie. mideval idea of the world 1) world was seen as unity or oneness with god 1) your place in the world was seen as the way that you and spirituality were one 2) humanism – claim that the “world is now ours”
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1) ours to fashion into arts/reformed religion,etc. 2) Individual way in which we claim our own destiny 1) increasing sense on individual and secular 1) instead of giving it over to higher authority ie god 3) artists like Michaelangelo, Da Vinci, theorists like Machiavelli, Martin Luther – radical Protestant notions against the Church (radical emphasis on individual) 1) reality is now ours, modern spirit moves to individual spirituality 1) comes with a particular sense of loss 1) although we celebrate that, to understand the modern we accept greater responsibility 4) our own powers become important 1)
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