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The Art of Cinema 3 Kinds of Film Narrative Documentary “Art” Films Narrative Film A story told visually in a series of pictures projected in rapid succession creating the illusion of movement. Filmmaker Algebra If filmmakers are storytellers and storytellers are artists then filmmakers are artists who use cinema as a canvas to deliver their art. Format for Delivering a Story Cinematic “Movies (TV)” Usually plot driven Theatrical “Stage Plays” Usually character driven Literary “Novels/Literature” Tends to deal with inner thoughts of characters How experiences make them think and feel, and they expound upon it. Genre and Theme Genre A distinct kind or type, as in literature, art, or film. Helps create and define a film’s cinematic vocabulary: the rules under which a story will be delivered. Theme A recurring idea within a story A thread that connects and holds varied aspects of a story together A universal human truth The 9 Mythic Themes Lost Love Rescued “Orpheus and Eurydice” – classic hero and damsel story Robin Hood, The Bodyguard, Last of the Mohicans, The English Patient Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell “Cupid and Psychi” – Hidden lovers scenario You’ve Got Mail, True Lies, Cyrano de Bergerac
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Stealing Fire from Heaven “Prometheus” – the underdog that rises to win. David and Goliath. (most sports film) Matrix, Dead Poet’s Society, Hoosiers, Rocky, Robin Hood, Revenge of the Nerds Sex Changes “Tiresias and the Soothsayer” – changing physical form to achieve a desire/goal Tootsie, Shakespeare in Love, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Crying Game, Twelfth Night… yes, even Big Mommas House The Wake Up Call “Sword in the Stone/Joan of Arc” hero’s awakening that puts them on a quest Star Wars, Toy Story, Regarding Henry, Shine, Pleasantville What a Doll “Pygmalion and Galatea” – a person changes another and becomes changed themselves My Fair Lady, Pretty Woman, Frankenstein, Educating Rita Fatal Attraction “Lilith, Medea” – an attraction that leads to the downfall of the characters Body Heat, Double Indemnity, Fatal Attraction, Othello, 9½ Weeks, Romeo and Juliet Twins “Gilgamesh and Enkidu”, two sides of a coin scenario Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Heat, Face-Off, Dead Ringers, The Man in the Iron Mask, Fight Club, Calvin and Hobbes The Midas Touch “Phaeton, Icurus” – corruption scenario; the man who has it all and wants more, glass is half empty sort of characters – who can’t see how good they have it Citizen Kane, Wall Street, Big, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Red Shoes The “Art” of Cinema Showbusiness: Delicate balance of artistic expression and commerce Variance between art and commodity = the conflict between the valuable and the invaluable Commodity = valuable
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