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background image German 1171 Midterm Study Guide 1. What is Film? a. A medium of communication
b. An art form
c. A technical and financial enterprise
2. What is Film Mediating? a. Social issues, politics, culture, history, story values and emotions 3. Intentions when making films? a. Entertainment
b. Information, instruction, or enlightenment
c. Propaganda 
d. Money making
4. Artistic Skills Involved in Making films? a. Acting, directing, screenwriting, camera, cutting/editing, special effects, etc. 5. Technical Skills needed in Film Making? a. Shots, angles, lighting, colors, lenses
b. Sound and sound effects, music
c. Building set
6. Technical Stages in film/movie history? a. Moving picture, silent film, talkies, black and white, TV, color, video, DVD, internet 7. Styles of film a. Realism, formalism, and classicism 8. Realism a. Tries to reproduce the objective reality with as little distortion as possible
b. Attempt to preserve illusion that the displayed film world is unmanipulated 
c. Little commentary
d. Emphasizes “objective” content rather than technique
9. Formalism a. Manipulates/distorts raw material
b. Stylizes reality
c. Subjective presentation of reality
d. Camera as a method commenting
e. Truth behind surface truth
f. Emphasis on technique and expressiveness rather than objective content
10. Classicism a. Mixture of realism and formalism (Most fiction is in between extremes) 11. Nosferatu (1922) a. First vampire film by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau 
b. Picks up on the fascination with irrational powers and manipulative tyrant in 20s’ Germ
c. Formalism: very stylized and didn’t pretend to be realistic
d. Central theme: light vs. dark or good vs. evil
e. Technical devices used: light/filters, special effects, cross­cutting, fading, fast motion, 
f. The film manipulate the audience via music, sound, facial expression and body language
12. Film as “Visual Books” a. Tells stories using visual means and sounds
b. Carries meaning and appeals to our sense
c. Nothing is on screen by chance
background image 13. Cultural Production (art, literature film, etc.) a. Social, political, and historical context 14. Mis­en­scene a. “Put in the frame”
b. Top of the frame signifies authority, power, superior, dominance and threatening
c. Bottom means weak, vulnerable, inferior
d. Center is important and the main focus
e. Left and Right are insignificant
f. Off the frame adds mystery, suspension, and curiosity
15. Sound ­ Talkies a. Invented in 1927 (Jazz Singer)
b. Initial problems are background noises thus cutting and editing were difficult and actors 
were restricted to one spot because they could not move the microphone c. Effects on acting: Acting was exaggerated 16. Pitch a. High Pitched: scary, wakes you up
b. Low Pitched: Sadness, suspense
17. Volume a. Loud: excitement, importance, anger, threat
b. Quiet: serious, peaceful, fear
18. Tempo a. Fast: action, excitement
b. Slow: calm, peace
19. Off­Screen Sounds a. Curious, fearful 20. Silence a. Suspense and death 21. Functions of Music a. Compliments what the audience sees
b. Triggers emotions and foreshadows something
22. Leitmotif a. A sound or tune that goes with a character 23. Spoken Language a. Provides subtext, dialogue, and to show emotions, feelings, and meaning 24. M (1931) a. Dir. Fritz Lang; his first sound film
b. Based on a real story of mass murderer in Berlin; a story of perversion and crime where 
he mobilizes the fascist potential of society; depiction of troubled and corrupt society c. The crooks, police and murderers all whistle signifies that they all possess the same  characteristic of violence.  25. Shots a. Extreme long (establishing shot): provides background and setting
b. Long shot includes several people and objects
c. Full shot
d. Close­up shot
e. Extreme close­up shot
26. Angles (where the camera is placed)

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School: University of Connecticut
Department: German
Course: The German Film
Professor: Hammerstein
Term: Fall 2015
Tags: Film
Name: German Film 1171 Midterm
Description: These notes cover all the information from the very beginning of the semester in preparation for the midterm including the films
Uploaded: 02/22/2018
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