RC312 Unit II Paper - Joe Lipsey III 6/3/2011 RCHUMS 312...

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Joe Lipsey III 6/3/2011 RCHUMS 312 Professor Eagle Gender Issues of Eastern Central Europe Illustrated through Unconventional Styles and Methods of Film. The way a film is made is heavily dependent upon the filmmaker, the vision they have and the message they are trying to convey. Dusan Makavejev, Milos Forman and Vera Chytilova all have different styles and methods of filming shown through their respective films: Man is Not a Bird, Loves of a Blonde, and Daisies. Each method and device used is done so in a creative and intentional way all in hopes of highlighting the points they desire to make. These stylistic features often deviate from what is considered normal as seen through most narratives. Amongst the three filmmakers Chytilova’s methods are much more creative and abstract while Makavejev’s is completely opposite and much dryer and Forman’s manipulates the story line in subtle ways. In exploring the differences in structure and arrangement of the three films from those that are common we see each films meaning illuminated as it pertains to gender issues of Eastern Central Europe. Man is Not a Bird is the subtlest in its deviations from common devices and methods used in narrative films. In fact one might not recognize the differences after viewing the film one time through. Forman uses inserts of scenes that appear to have no connection to the film, including one involving a hypnotist and another a circus. They seem to be indiscriminate in appearance but function as commentary throughout the
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storyline contributing to the overall purpose of the film. The soundtrack is also contrastive. Nearly every piece of music played within the movie does not fit the scene being shown thematically. There are also minor instances when images are used to evoke messages about a certain character as well. All these methods are unconventional in style but work together in defining the story. The film depicts the role of women particularly within relationships as well as the Communist Regime’s efforts to change the attitudes of workers to a cultural frame of mind. At the beginning of the film the Factory Director is speaking over the phone reading off what sounds like a draft of an article for the newspaper. Later we learn the article is for the night of an orchestra performance in celebration of Mr. Rudinsky. As the Director is speaking on the phone and he mentions the “gleaming faces of the men” the next scene shows the men in a bar with literal gleaming and smiling faces. They are not smiling in awe of the Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir but in reaction to a woman, Fatima, on stage singing and grinding to the music. It is later in the film when the orchestra actually performs that we see the real reactions of the men. In actuality the crowd was full of faces expressing looks of thoughtlessness and a
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