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350 Final Notes- - Week 8 October 26 Avant-Garde Film Avant-Garde Film Movements Try and make cinema new harder to classify Willfully not

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Week 8 October 26: Avant-Garde Film Avant-Garde Film Movements Try and make cinema new, harder to classify Willfully not conformist Dadaism Surrealism French Impressionism Pure Cinema Futurism Abstract films Definition : The unorthodox and the experimental in the arts o Defined by its rejections o Military term (goes first to clear way for rest of army) In Film : Significant departure from the conventional form and style Mode of Production Hollywood: o Specialize division of labor Lots of labor o Content: many restraints o Film as business/entertainment o Main purpose of style: narrative clarity Avant-garde: o One person o Few restraints o Art historical context o Multiple purposes of style Distribution, Ehibition, Reception Hollywood Avant-Garde Distribution Major commercial distribution Independent cooperatives Exhibition Traditional movie theaters Museums, colleges, festivals Reception Mass audience Critics Evaluate “Informed” audiences Critics and scholars
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(specialized) Fernard Leger “The City” 1919, painting Abstract form: parts relate to each other through repetition and variation o Shape, color, rhythm, movement Active in scene Cubism, along with Picasso and brock Dudley met Leger in Paris Abstract form in film Creates relationships between objects actions or people based on abstract pictorial qualities Mechanical Ballet: film Interested in machine like qualities of bodies Human and machines or humans and inanimate objects Score was too complicated to play at the time Charlie Chaplin in cubist form Part One: Rhythmic elements: swinging motif introduction Motif of woman’s mouth (Kiki), hat Woman compared to ball, then film goes on to vary Part Two: Objects shown in prisms Simple objects can be made into beauty Soldiers walking in machine like fashion Continue to use beginning objects and adding new ones Pulsating rhythms Washer woman climbing the stairs o Movements are predictable and precise as a machine Circle motif Prism/Triangles come back
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Week 9 October 31: Documentary *not in film art* Documentary First documentaries were “actualities” -> train arriving at station o Been marginalized, fiction is dominant form Examples: Films Supersize Me Fahrenheit 9/11 Waiting for Superman TV Shows 20/20 Deadliest Catch Realworld “Documentary” Defined A film that purports to represent tactical information about the world outside the film and that presents itself as factually trustworthy Note: definition does not require that a documentary be factually accurate. How do they present as “factually trustworthy “Central assumption” about film: due to physical nature of its reproduction processes, the medium provides more direct accuracy to reading “Central assumption” of documentary film: images and sounds recorded on film are
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350 Final Notes- - Week 8 October 26 Avant-Garde Film Avant-Garde Film Movements Try and make cinema new harder to classify Willfully not

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