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Unformatted text preview: 372 Exam Review Hi guys. Be sure to catch up on all missed screenings too. And as I indicated in class, you should think about how these ideas may apply across all screenings from week 9 through 14. 1. What does the term hegemony imply? How does the idea of paricinema represent the idea of hegemonic struggle? Hegemony- one class comes to lead another class of people Analysis of social power I control you, but you determine the direction of leadership It is unstable though because it is voluntary Leaders must lead in accordance to the masses Antonio Gramsci (Italian) Theorized about how society has maintained control over disparate social groups Hegemony- social groups come into control, submitting to a higher authority o Account for tension between structuralism and culturalism o Leading, shepherding another class of people o Hegemony, Leadership is inherently unstable o Has to be won, negotiated, and sustained over a period of time o How is the right to rule constantly renegotiated? Sconce Paracinema Alternative trash cinema A study of how fans interpret a text or film Paricinema is a resistance to dominant academic culture Small films allow individuals to give a rendition of the world in their eyes Hollywood is an ideology machine too many cooks ruin the soup Reading against the grain What is the hegemonic voice/position? Think about dominant versus resistant culture in space outside of the cinematic text The Valley of The Dolls (Meyer, 1970) FAILURE The outside voices A movie that rearticulates dominant struggle Excess is utilized in ways that are politically subversive but not in same ways Sconce is talking about Continuity editing Cuts happen too frequently Too much seamlessness Colors Makes it look very fake, artificial, theatrical Z-mans artificial Shakespearian dialogue Beheading of Lance, 20 th century Fox song playing (Fuck you Fox) Self-conscious, perverse musical implication Nothing is real Homo-erotic grotesquery Excess can be a political intervention Hegemonic relationship Lesbian relationship, erotic and loving, consensual---bringing it into mainstream Homosexual pairing of Lance and Z-man is non-consensual, its grotesque, ugly breasts, youre an ugly broad! 2. In what way is the idea of excess central to a trash cinema aesthetic? How does trash cinema constitute a form of counter-cinema? Excess- elements that lack a clear motivation and which appear to occur outside of the structural homogeneity (does not mean excess has no relationship to the rest of the film) Moments when the diegetic world of the film is shattered by the reality of the production value Excess is utilized in ways that are politically subversive Beyond the Valley of the dolls o Excess satirizes Hollywood cinema, ON PURPOSE o Continuity editing Cuts happen too frequently Too much seamlessness...
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