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Date Created: 07/14/16
Genre THE 400 BLOWS Director: Francois Truffaut Cast: Jean-Pierre Leaud (Antoine Doinel) Claire Maurier (mother) Albert Remy (father) Patrick Affay (Rene - friend) NOTES 1959 @ Cannes "to raise hell" --> faire les quatre cents coups major critic of french film idustry marked as trouble maker, banned from Cannes in 1958 first feature film (partically autobiographical) use of the phrase "Where is the father" French New wave "foundational film" inspired by Italian Neo-Realist movement practices included o basic sound recording o Guerilla filmmaking o reliance on natural lights o jump cuts, elliptical editing rejection of classical montage style filmmaking in favor of mise-en-scene (favoring reality) personal autorship real and improvised performers Antoine's view point film is about o transition between childhood and adoloscence o breaking away from parents LECTURE I. GENRE category by which we can group certain films together based on certain elements (fluid) characteristics: o NARRATIVE similar/ formulaic plots and structures predictable situations, sequences, objects, epidoes obstacles, conflicts and resolutions o CHARACTERIZATION similar types of characters (stereotypes), roles, personal qualities, motivations, goals, behaviors o THEMES topics, subject matter (social, cultural, psychological, professional, political) values o SETTING geographical or historical o ICONOGRAPHY a familiar stock of images/ motifs, the connotations of which have become fixed example: salon, hats, revolvers = western primarily, not necessarily, visual decors costumes objects familiar patterns of dialogue music and sound o FILM TECHNIQUES stylistic or formal conventions of camera work lighting editing sound recording use of color II. THE LIFECYCLE OF GENRE****** 1. THE PRIMITIVE PHASE o genres conventions established o simplistic 2. THE CLASSICAL PHASE o conventions set and values assured and are widely shared by audience o genre's richest period "The golden Age" o high level of artistry and directors more confident Stagecoach (Western) - 1939 3. THE REVISIONIST PHASE o more symbolic, ambiguous and less secure o appeals to intellect than emotions o conventions subverted, popular beliefs undermined o genre so well known that can be used metaphorically High Noon (western) - 1952 ..... HUAC 4. THE PARODIC PHASE o conventions = mockery o cliches and inconsistencies o "the beginning of the end" for a genre Blazing Saddles - 1978 mocks westerns PROSCRIPTIVE= genres tell you what to think of, what has to be in there DESCRIPTIVE= describes elements of genres genre analysis is not a neutral or objective process genre classification is a circular process o particular features which are characteristic of a genre are not necessarily unique to that genre genres represent ritualized experience o familiarity/ predictability o reinforce societal/ cultural beliefs example: "Good wins over Evil" genres let us experience "forbidden" experiences in a safe and socially acceptable way o Slasher films reflect prevalent social opinions, attitudes and fears o "Reflectionist" genres some see reflection as "exploitation" POSITIVE NEGATIVE allows examine how different texts relate and stifle originality and creativity interrelate to each other over time fosters concept of limiting analysis by allows us to understand how public forcing texts into specific boxes perceptions and desires change over time lead to prioritizing one text over another allows us to see and interrogate attempts to based solely on a texts relationship to other subvert expected texts END OF NOTES
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