ctcs190-classical-lecture10 - CLASSICAL PERIOD 1929-1945 A...

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CLASSICAL PERIOD: 1929-1945 A Few Characteristics: All linear storytelling, except for occasional flashbacks Natural Law Ethic o There’s a universal moral structure to everything prescribed by God Transparency o the formal structure of the work erases itself as it creates itself – but you aren’t aware of what it’s doing and the formal design and the film never calls attention to itself as a film (as it would in modernism and post-modernism) Plot o typically consists of one character facing a conflict that prevents them from reaching a goal. o Introduced early on o Cuts out long durations of time, focusing instead on scenes that move the story forward Genres were created during this period Many of the ideas are re-iterated in modernism Definition of Genre – a category that films are put into based on what they have in 1. Thematic elements a. Setting b. Characters c. Plots d. Types of costumes e. Types of sounds f. Actor g. Mood h. Atmosphere i. Subject matter j. Themes k. Points/morals 2. Content/form distinction a. Matters of content i. Thematics/thematic elements (above) ii. What is inside the film b. Matters of form i. Visual design
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ii. Composition a. Framing b. Staging c. Photographing iii. Temporal design iv. Acting styles v. How the film is put together 3. Myths, conventions, and iconography as constituents of a genre a. Aspects of genre (three criteria we use to distinguish what genre a film is) i. Myth (Story) a. Content ii. Conventions a. Ways of doing things that are peculiar to one genre as opposed to another genre i. Usually content, sometimes drifts into form ii. Ex: gangster lingo in gangster films iii. Ex: song-and-dance of musicals iii. Iconography a. Set of images, as well as a set of sounds, that are associated with one genre as opposed to another genre i. Ex: rattatatt of machine guns – Gangster films B. Film Genres 1. Tragedy a. Myth i. Man going beyond the bounds/breaking limits ii. Man being true to himself/heroic iii.
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