Unit 1 - Unit 1 Monday 1:00 PM Mimesis"imitation...

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Unit 1 Monday, October 04, 2010 1:00 PM Mimesis : "imitation" Genre : "kind","type" -two types so far: tragedy and comedy -Melodrama- has sub-genres (serious, comic, action, family) Melodrama -what we would like the universe to be -exaggerated emotions -divine order or justice that takes our welfare into account -universe basically moral and supportive of humans - deliberately heightened and very sharp -definitive characters -origin in 18th century and popular in 19th century (radio, TV, movie) -prevalent mode of theatre and cinema -example (Sci-Fi)- scene (I am your father) from Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back 1980 -handles plot and character differently than tragedy and comedy -explore different ideas and themes about life and human nature than tragedy and comedy - examples- traditional horror moves until 1970s and western shows (sheriff vs bad guy), james bond, romances, war movies, spy movies, reality tv, jaws, austin powers- characters always triumph danger o draws attention to conventions of melodrama -example (action)- Enemy of the State 1998- Will Smith (virtuous guy gets tape to corrupt government force and they're trying to kill him to protect themselves)- Chase Scene- Will Smith has GPS tracking devices all over his clothing o deliberate superficial nature o "good theme park ride"-immediate sensations -example (horror)- 1958 Horror of Dracula- first Dracula movie in color- Chase Scene- Dracula has stolen the bride and is getting away to his castle o How little language and dialogue is needed to support vivid melodramatic scene- doesn’t need complexity -example-modern contemporary-scene from Wall E 2008-good robots and bad corporate robots- for or against nature The World of Melodrama -popular, escapist, sentimental o Wide audience base o Easily identifiable essence between good and evil, virtue and vice o Isn't intending to reflect the complexities, more an idealistic word (sharp relief) o Appeal to sensibilities and feelings o Idealized world -virtue always triumphs, vice always exposed and punished
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o Ultimately know that things will right themselves and good will win -focus on plot and story rather than characterization o Static image of human character (2 sides- good or bad) -whole characters o Characters that don't suffer o Internal conflict and division- not as deep as tragedy, deliberately more shallow- easier to escape into o Something about characters that fundamentally don't alter -external conflict -clear-cut morality o Clearly on virtue side or vice side, no middle ground -emotional appeal o Vivid, immediate, sharp experience o Not appealing to intellect o Status-quo -restores status-quo o Assures that good is a universal force and will always be vindicates o Vice will always find its own punishment Modern Drama 1: Naturalism -Illusionism vs. Theatricality o Illusionism- seems real o Theatricality- obviously not real -Melodrama o Late 18th to 19th century o Popular to audience o Simplified world view o Less complicated than REAL LIFE -Modernism o Mid 19th century-desire to communicate truth in essence of modern times-break away
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Unit 1 - Unit 1 Monday 1:00 PM Mimesis"imitation...

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