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The classic Hollywood plot opens with an equilibrium, then there is disruption of that equilibrium, and at the end of the film there is a new equilibrium. Many of the earliest films did not have a plot. Identify the equilibrium/disruption/new equilibrium in the Lumiere Brothers' "L'Arroseur Arrosé" ("The Sprinkler Sprinkled" -- i.e. the film about the garden hose from 3:04 - 3:40) and in Porter's "The Life of anAmerican Fireman."FORM:This week you will emphasize the SHOT. Watch these week's videos on shot composition, types ofshots, and camera angles. Then analyze the Shot Composition, Types of Shots, and Camera Angles in 2 key sequences in Porter's "The Life of an American Fireman": 1) the alarm sequence (00:00 - 01:05); 2) the rescue sequence (03:14-06:01)
CULTURE:Discuss how "The Life of an American Fireman" reflected and perhaps shaped cultural beliefs in the United States in the early 20th Century: how does the film portray firefighters? How does the film portray women?The record of work of the modern American fire department is known through out the world, and the fame of the American fireman is echoed around the entire world. He is known to be the most expert and the bravest of all fire fighters. This film faithfully and accurately depicts his thrilling and dangerous life, emphasizing the perils he subjects himself to when human life is at stake. We show the world in this film the every movement of the brave firemen and their perfectly trained horses from the moment the men leap from their beds in respose to an alarm until the fire is extinguished and a woman and a child rescued after many fierce battles with the flame and the smoke.Fire rescue cut across many cultural practices. The film foreground the family and the need for a cohesive society. The narrative procedures in the film entails structures occurring in different cultural forms at different times.