Intro to Cinema II

Intro to Cinema II - Drew Casper I Intro to Cinema...

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Drew Casper Intro to Cinema: October 27, 2004 Stagecoach I. Definition of Genre a. Content/form distinction i. Setting ii. Character types (and personas) iii. Theme, subject iv. Plots v. Mood/atmosphere b. Myths, conventions and iconography as constituents of a genre i. Myth (story) – content of plot ii. Conventions – setting, dialect, the “style” iii. Iconography – set of images or sounds that repeat throughout the genre II. Film Genres a. Tragedy – man trying to be like God, attempting to realize the best that man can be, and failing i. Not viable today – a heroic character is required, one who can fail… theological/metaphysical genre, world isn’t religious enough… reflection and contemplation, fear and pity are required b. Comedy – all about the body, and its finiteness… about fragmentation i. Conventions 1. plot character is stylized 2. exaggerated to distance viewer a. to see the point b. prevent being preached to 3. dialogue, with a good pace 4. actor with silver tongue, good physicality c. Melodrama i. family, romantic, male, female… concentrate on interior of a person, psychic space, suffering 1. Conventions a. Want to incarnate subjectivity, emphasize signification of emotion, want you to feel how the character feels b. Heighten reality to exteriorize psychology c. Scenes of hysteria d. Music 2. Iconography a. Parents, children, lovers, etc ii. adventure, war, etc… emphasize the action, public space 1. defined by clearly defined moral structures, steady series of climaxes, suspense, sudden change in fortune d. Boundaries between genres i. By no means fixed or precise e. Genre as aesthetically neutral i. No genre is more important/capable of expressing art than another f. Review of films screened in class as examples of genre i. Comedy – Some Like it Hot (farce, parody), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (fantasy), An American Werewolf in London (gross-out)
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Drew Casper Intro to Cinema: October 27, 2004 Stagecoach ii. Tragedy – iii. Melodrama – I Capture the Castle (female), All About Eve (female, social satire), Avalon (family), To Live and Die in L.A. (police thriller), The Untouchables (gangster thriller) III. Historical Overview of Genre in American Film a. 1895-1928 – The Silent Period: the codification of genres b. 1929-1945 – The Classical Period: the crystallization of genres c. 1946-1962 – The Postclassical Period: the breaking up of genres d. 1963-1976 – The Modernist Period: the explosion of genres e. 1977-present – The Postmodernist Period: the revision of genres IV. Conditions and Causes for Genre in American Film a. Financial i. Manufacturers look for molds
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course CTCS 190 taught by Professor Casper during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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