FILM 2120 Week 1 Notes
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Introduction to (preclassical) film narrative: Primitive cinema: old movies For a time silent films were enough to satisfy: lasted about a year until they realized they need a story to film First public showing of motion pictures: Lumiere Brothers, Paris 1895 Represented domestic life Narrative: chain of events in a cause and effect relationship occurring in time and space In the very first time film making rules were not established Most films were under a few minutes Example of an early story film: life of an American fireman Everything is in long shot Showed rescue from two different perspective: two different scenes, which did not preserve time Doesn’t explain the background info D.W. Griffith: crosscutting idea: The lonely villa The lonely villa shows the idea of crosscutting Compared to the American fireman, the director preserves time, while also showing the action It has a full plot There is a clear pattern Stability threat stability The threat was elongated to create suspense Motifs: telephone that links the actors to each other More sophisticated and modern story than the life of an American fireman Production: American Biograph The classical Hollywood cinema: when the rules were established (1917) Dominated the American movie making till the late 60s Basic components of classical of Hollywood narratives Speed (1994) A. Exposition and enigmas: Exposition: portion of the plot that provide the background information. Indicates what the film is about, what the characters are going to be like, and what happened in the past. Enigmas: sets forth question based on the exposition. Major enigmas from speed: what is the bad guy up to, in the beginning how are the cops going to save the people who are stuck in the elevator B. Causality (vs. episodic narrative) Builds towards the climax Cause and effect chain Builds upon what was previously seen and adds to it Ex: the pumpkin race (1907) Highlights the cause and effect chain Defies laws of gravity Narrative, but does not have a tight chain of cause and effect like we see today
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