M50lecture - Staging literal and figurative blind spots how...

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Staging literal and figurative blind spots – how much you know (cultural references) depends on how much you understand/perceive the film Blind spot – Dionne driving, Cher driving Figurative blind spot – doesn’t get Christian’s sexuality, or that Josh likes her, or her own feelings for Josh Social Blocking film’s commentary on social relationships (cell phone usage) Explicit social maps (the slackers sit over there) Shots that feature a triad (3 characters) with Cher at center of the frame o Privileged position she has to the audience, narrative control o Closer to camera – how Cher reacts with the camera Later Tai claims the center of the frame African American supporting character Dionne, boyfriend’s sagging pants, hair extension, shaved head Musicians at one of the parties is African American Asian stereotypes mobilized – Asian tardiless honors student Cell phones, pagers, cars, fashion indicate class Travis and Tai differences in fashion later in the film
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