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Unformatted text preview: Sasha Wang SAC 372 Contemporary Film Theory Mark Kligerman Office Hours: Monday 3:05-3:55 Wednesday 12:05-12:55 at Starbucks on State St. Thursday 2:00-4:00 with GSI Week 1 09/09/09 Introduction • May 1968 represents turning point of politics in western world; global protests, university protests, rallying call to end western imperialism in the non-western world • Ideological turn of 1968 is in some ways a theory that tries to account for the effects of western ideology of the entire world; politically and socially for the non-western world • Film criticism picked up on importance of ideological analysis of how Hollywood films create audiences who are enthralled by theory • Psychoanalytic theory- post-structuralism o Psychoanalytical theorist o Feminism was one of the most powerful theoretical turns in 1960s-1970s o First paper deals with psychoanalytic film theory from a feminist perspective • Authors say theorists from feminist view in psychoanalytic film theory fall short • Cultural studies claim the audience is active; not conditioned by film the same way that psychoanalytic film theory claims the audience is conditioned • Cognitive film theory (David Bordwell)- unconscious desires are not what is at stake when we watch films; called upon to utilize preconscious cognitive processes to make sense of the narrative • Critical race theory o Isn’t necessarily a new theory like cultural studies and cognitive theory is to post-structuralism o Takes issue with the assumptions of post-structuralism o Asserts that not all spectators are conditioned to process information quite the same way o Racial and ethnic divisions separate one spectator from another • Post-colonial and third cinema o Latin American cinema o African cinema o Third cinema- revolutionary discourse inspired by Castro’s Revolution Imperfect cinema, lacking perfection of Hollywood Non-western theorists respond to legacy of western expansionism and entertainment How does a Cuban, Columbian, etc. filmmaker position their theoretical discourse in opposition to western theory • Post- modernism Week 2- 09/14/09 and 09/16/09 Authorship 1 The Cult of the Auteur (Stam, pages 83-88) • Late 1950s-early 1960s movement in film theory and criticism • Product of a cultural formation which included film magazines, cine-clubs, the French cinemateque, and film festivals and it was fueled by the screening of new American films during the Liberation period • Alexandre Astruc’s “camera-pen” • The “tradition of quality” were big budget often historical, high-polished, controlled, studio films o Mostly adaptations o for Truffaut, reduced filmmaking to the mere translation of a pre-existing screenplay, when it should be seen as an open-ended adventure in creative mise-en-scene He criticized how the screenwriter was given sole credit Literary adaptations remove material from the original text due to it being “un-filmable” Truffaut said that a true man of the cinema would find a way to capture on...
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