190 Final Notes

190 Final Notes - Week Eight Realism vs. Formalism Style...

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Week Eight – Realism vs. Formalism 22:14 Style has a sensibility, and a world view, distinctly render the meanings of the film. Style manifests into the meaning of the work Style can be accurate representation of reality, objective, or a subjective rendering Every style has a method and attitude Every film is marked by the period in which it was produced Realism (Objective) Film is essentially a window into a world, objective, realist view Objective style is realism. Effort to accurately reproduce. Depiction exactly as an object appears naturally Mimetic tradition of art. a. Mimesis = imitation Objective style does not necessarily represent reality as subjective style will ultimately enter into the work. There is no cache of truth. No guarantee of merit. Relative truth, objective truth, affect of action on character, explores motivation Show man in his environment, social institutions, sociological dimension, psychological dimension, critical dimension Graphic depictions No real incentive for happy endings, or even a satisfactory ending whatsoever The term realism is culturally inscribed, meaning may differ across cultures and/or mediums a. Romantic idealist realism, b. Social Realism,
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c. French Poetic Realism, d. Italian Neo Realism, e. Proletariat realism, f. Documentary realism Realism is not a fixed term. It floats. It is different in different cultures. In a movie; - very little cutting: real space, real time - there is no music - no dramatic camera movements - its relatable - no fancy lighting - it does not feel scripted, overlap dialogue - Formalism (subjective) Formalists maintained that for film to reach the level of art, film had to surpass the mere mechanical recording and representation of reality… select and order Must manipulate images and sounds Visual design Composition Temporal design Sound design Formal systems employed alters the meaning of the message, the medium changes the meaning and the message Formalist is not hindered by reality, emphasis is on the formal representation Formalists can work with subconscious reality How things are said is equally as important as what is being said. The how can be more important, or carry more meaning that the what. Formalism gives audiences something greater, larger than reality German expressionist film – high subjectivity Russian Constructivism – blend of subjectivity and realism American Film Noir born of German expressionism High Tech Style – modern cinematic technologies Avant Garde Style
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Week 10: Genre 22:14 Style is a mode of representation whereas Genre is a category or a type.
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The way in which the film is produced and the way in which the narrative unfolds will render the film of a particular genre 3 criteria of genre Myth – Master narratives, archetype Convention – vehicles through which archetypes are portrayed Iconography – iconic images and settings which illustrate reoccurring archetypes 3 types of genres:
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This note was uploaded on 12/06/2010 for the course CTCS 190 taught by Professor Casper during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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190 Final Notes - Week Eight Realism vs. Formalism Style...

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