Intro to Cinema notes March 21

Intro to Cinema notes March 21 - March 21 Elements of

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March 21 Elements of Genre -Stories -Characters -Settings -Imagery -Repeated throughout a genre -Repetition is a virtue -The viewer does not seek too much novelty -Excessive novelty will place a film outside the genre Film Noir -Peak years are the 1940s and 1950s -From The Maltese Falcon (1941) to touch of Evil (1958) -Dark, pessimistic films about crime, often with an urban setting Narrative Patterns -Protagonist as victim -Fate and fatalism - action is foredoomed -Flashback stricture -Confessional mode -voice-over narration -The femme fatale (the dangerous women, seductive) Noir Iconography (recurring images) -Hard light, low key cinematography -Shadows and darkness embody threat, danger, paranoia -Venetian blind imagery -Predominant urban setting Stylistic roots of film noir -Literary crime fiction of the 1930s and 1940s -Visual culture of those eras -German expressionist cinema sociological and cultural factors Crime Fiction -'Hard-boiled' private eye novels -Tough detective in an urban setting -Dashiell Hammett
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This note was uploaded on 08/24/2011 for the course TA 2054 taught by Professor Prince during the Spring '11 term at Virginia Tech.

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