CIN2190- Monday, October-17-11

CIN2190- Monday, October-17-11 - CIN2190- Monday,...

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CIN2190- Monday, October-17-11 Soviet Cinema in the 20s and 30s -montage of attraction, editing in a way that is shocking- example: big close ups -issues that are socially relating to socialism- showing strikes, unhappy workers fighting for their struggle, this is a way for addressing reality in a way that follows the American narrative tradition which is about transparent editing, that what you see is a reality. It plays with this, it is clearly not transparent reality, the film maker and editor put things together to shock you and disturb you, this creates the viewer to think of the social issues. -the images of strikes, in particular “The Strike” –is about a strike that happens during the 19 th century, in a mine in France, traditionally minors have been a worker that has to strive for their rights, they renamed spring into germinal because of germs. The film is a homage to the workers and the struggle of workers, the struggle of going on strike. The Strike- by Sergei Eisenstein, USSR, 1924 -in the beginning you see where the whole film is located, it gives you an impression of darkness, during the whole film you’ll see the theme of darkness and its importance as all the scenes are happening during the night, underground in the cold mine, blackness comes from the night or they are underground. This is not just an aesthetic choice, but a political one as it gives you an impression of darkness that makes you feel how difficult the working conditions are. In the strike, you see that alot of scenes happy in day light in the 20s you can’t easily film dark scenes, but the idea of trying to effect the viewer through certain aesthetics. This is so the viewer can see the treatment the workers get, playing on the emotions of the viewer in order to get sympathy. Germinal -focuses more on character, through the shots, the size of the shots, more close ups, this film follows more individual characters, their psychology, you feel closer to the characters and their story, while in the strike you don’t know the characters. –The conditions of poverty, we sympathize with them- they have to share the tub, lack of privacy due to no room in their house.
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2012 for the course POL 2107 taught by Professor Bourgault during the Spring '08 term at University of Ottawa.

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