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Film History Review

Film History Review - Film History An Introduction(2nd...

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Film History: An Introduction (2 nd Edition) David Bordwell and Kristen Thompson Chapter 4: France in the 1920’s -Problems with imports and exports -Disunity within the film industry (small production facilities, production vs. distribution vs. exhibition, ticket taxes) -Outdated production facilities, the need to learn American lighting, the lack of backlots -Major postwar genres: serials, historical epics, fantasy films, and comedies -The French Impressionist Movement (theory, style, and art as a form of expression) -Cinema is a synthesis of the other arts -Photogenie (something that is more complex than an object’s simply being “photogenic”) -Film should be based on visual rhythm -Formal traits of Impressionism (devices of the camera – superimpositions; devices of editing – fast cutting and capturing emotion; devices of mis-en-scene – lens filters and striking settings; Impressionist narratives – plots and characters in emotion-laden circumstances) -The end of French Impressionism (diffusion of Impressionist techniques/became commonplace) and the impact of experimental films -Problems within the film industry (stylistic diffusion, problems with financing, and the
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