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Post WWII US Cinema 1/30/08 Week One: Post WWII US Cinema Screening: Touch of Evil Orson Welles . Reading: Chapter 15, pp. 339-345
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Italian Neo-Realism 2/06/08 Week Two: Italian Neo-Realism Screening: Nights of Cabiria Reading: Chapter 16 I. Cinecitta’ – Political engagement II. Style/Visuals Location shooting Documentary Influence Long Takes Squalid Post-dubbing Lay actors Against white Telefon Films. III. Narrative Circular: hero can end up where they started. Episodic: More like real life. Hero: dies, is ineffectual  Open-ended: It throws it back to us to let us chose what happens. Slice of life Down trodden: looking at the working class, the unemployed, prostitutes, the  poor. No solutions, but promotes social awareness.
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Mood switches: random moments of hopefulness, humor, less serious. IV. Philosophy Humanism Rediscovering of morals in society. V. Politics Mix of Communism and Catholicism 4) Decline: Andreotti Law Government funding Results in political films Effect is censorship Rosy Neo-Realism=comedies about walking class. 5) Directors De Sica Antonini Fellini R. Rossellini Visconti Pasolini Nights of Cabiria , Federico Fellini. Pre-notes o Episodic; Circular; Downtrodden; Communism/Socialism; Catholicism;  Search for spirituality leads to further downtrodden-ness; illusion to  disillusion; beginning/end are mirror images with the end being far  worse.
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Japanese Cinema in the ‘50s 02-20-08 Week Four: No Class Lecture
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Screening: Tokyo Story Reading: Chapter 18, pp. 391-397; Chapter 19, pp. 419-425 Japan In The 50s Marshall Plan: America gave aid to enemy countries. Old Japan vs. New Japan Akira Kurosawa Multiple films starting in the 1940s. Most western of the 3 Japanese directors. Genres o Samurai epics that influenced the western genre which also influenced  Kurosawa. o Historical epics o Sword fights o Literary adaptations (Throne of Blood, Shakespeare) Rashamon:  o What  is  truth?  o Ultimate postmodern film.  o Influenced by the Western and influences the US Western. o
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