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ENG 303: Random Notes from Week 1 to 4

by: Christina Horton

ENG 303: Random Notes from Week 1 to 4 ENG 303

Christina Horton
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The Paramount decree era Notes from sex and lies and the Limey Soderbergh formal strategies etc.
Cinematic Auteurs
Kevin Esch
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english, soderbergh, auteurs, auteur, Film, Cinema, cinema studies, Director
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Christina Horton on Tuesday October 4, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to ENG 303 at 1 MDSS-SGSLM-Langley AFB Advanced Education in General Dentistry 12 Months taught by Kevin Esch in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 26 views. For similar materials see Cinematic Auteurs in Literature at 1 MDSS-SGSLM-Langley AFB Advanced Education in General Dentistry 12 Months.


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Date Created: 10/04/16
Notes from Week 1 to 4 Is Steven Soderbergh an auteur?  In what way(s)?  In Contemporary Hollywood vs. ClassicHollywood i) Blends the division of filmmaking and business savvy  Identifiable markers i) Discontinuity editing  Created a hierarchy for filmmakers and the filmmakers they like  Soderbergh use offormal strategies: i) Discontinuity editing (The Limeyis themost thus far…) ii) Montage scenes iii) Freeze framing iv) Sound and imagedon’t coincide Auteur [oh-tur;oh-turz]–a filmmaker whose individual style and complete control over all elements of production givea filmits personal and unique stamp. (  Mark Gallagherauthor of Another Steven Soderbergh Experience tries to denote the romantic aspects ofthe romantic visionof an independent filmmaker or auteur. Paramount DecreeEra (1948)  United Statesv.Paramount Pictures,Inc.  Other names; Paramount Decision,Paramount Case,Hollywood Antitrust Caseof1948  U.S. Department of Justice sued all fivemajor movie studios and three little studios and executives from each company in 1938 Five Majors ThreeLittle i) Paramount i) Universal Studios ii) (Loew’s (MGM) ii) Columbia Pictures iii) Warner Bros. iii) United Artists iv) 20 Century Fox v) RKO Pictures  Supreme Court antitrust caseanddecisionby the government to the major studios that controls production, distribution, exhibition etc. Major studios no longer had control over owning their own theatres and the exclusivityrights on which theatres host their films.  Major studios now had to divestthemselves of their theatre movie chains,sosome sold to independents becausethey no longer owned the studios. Causeand Effect  Beginning of the end of old Hollywood studio system.  End of the “Golden Age”  Hollywood confronts the problems of the risks in making films,theatre owners have the power now  Studios beganmaking changes to minimize their riskto their “bottom line” (e.g.,product placement payed their “bottom line”)  Studios beganmerging with conglomerates  Studios were making fewer films and being more selective (whichcausedhigher production rates) due to the law, causing thestudios to loseout on money  Farming out films to independent filmmakers  There were more independent producers and studios to produce films that did not have the influence or interference of studios  Causedan influxof foreign films into American theatres and riseof independent theatres showing both foreign and independent films Notes from sex, liesand videotape and The Limey Sex,liesand videotape (1989)  Useof videotapes juxtaposes video and real-life(e.g.,Ann’s tape with G) i) The cut to static is usedas a device to jump back to reality of activelywatching the tape. Although the tape is realityand what happens afterward.  Graham is visual accompaniment to Ann’s therapy session.  Ann and Graham areboth disconnected from the world; i) Graham is on the road, changing in a gas stationbathroom, he is removed from society and he likes to be removed from society ii) Ann fails toconnect to the world through her anxiety  The montage editing formally foreshadows Ann and Grahams unity in the end of the film i) Brings together two different places,spaces,times andhow they connect The Limey(1999)  Internal views into Wilson’s mindset without exact feelings explained,only through imagery  Steven Soderbergh brings together two modes of storytelling: Art film(characters in their own head) and traditional Hollywood (characters mindset is outward)  Continuity filmmaking – editing,clear and coherent spacethat viewer canimagine themselves occupying  Discontinuity – special sensebrings viewers into subjective spaces (incharacter’s heads)  Failedrevenge film


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