15 Film Criticism - A Film Content 1 Film is pervasive in...

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A. Film Content 1. Film is pervasive in global culture – film has to be responsible – creator should be able to answer, “Why did I make this film” and viewers should be able to answer, “Why am I watching this film?” 2. Who is being represented? 3. Consumer = the ultimate judge a. Deciding what content he/she is to watch b. Representation of minor groups c. Films need to shy away from stereotypes B. Film Criticism 1. Why Criticism? a. Why do we have to analyze films so much! BECAUSE: Engaging with the film helps us understand the world around us, the meaning of the film, etc. 2. Types a. 1 st type – Reviews 1. What to buy, what not to by b. 2 nd type – Criticism 1. More informed 2. More reformed/eloquent 3. Has a set of standards 4. Not only handles contemporary movies c. High-end newspapers d. Weekly/monthly magazines e. Film Journals f. Academic (don’t need to know all of these...yee!) 1. Auteur 2. Genre 3. Cultural materialist 4. Psychoanalytic 5. Semiotic 6. Structuralist 7. Star 8. Feminist 9. Queer 10. Historiography/historical criticism
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