Dram 120 Lecture Notes After Exam 1

Dram 120 Lecture Notes After Exam 1 - Dram 120 ~ ~ Other...

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Dram 120 ~ 10/10/2011 ~ Other Genres: Melodrama {film screenings in class} The Empire Strikes Back - Movie Example of Melodrama (Star Wars) Spectacle aspect of it – deliberately heightened and larger than life. Good vs. Evil. Justice vs. Sin. Forces come into combat from characters that represent each side in an eternal battle. For a wide and popular audience. (Populism) Triangle: Plot -> Character -> Conflict o Very plot/narrative focused. Suspense of what happens next. o Whole characters: wholly good or wholly bad – no mixture. o Conflicts in a melodrama are more external. Example: 1995 movie called the Quick and the Dead – A western. It’s about a female gunslinger that is out for revenge on a corrupt mayor who killed her father when she was a small child. o Commonalities with Star Wars Rather death than submission Tension rises throughout the scene Emotional responses hook us in – not making us think, but media sensations. Triangle: morality -> Sensations/Emotions -> Restoration o Good always prevails and is rewarded. o Emotional responses are utilized. “ Sensation scene ” – highest dramatic sensations. Culmination of the drama – where everything has been built. o Satisfying closure. Likes the status quo. Example: Horror of Dracula – first vampire movie in England in color. o Music heightens emotions.
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