Film&Media History (5)
Film&Media History (5) FMS 2023
Popular in Film and Media History: 1960 - present
Popular in Film
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Date Created: 03/06/16
Film and Media History 1960-present Week 5 notes 2/16/16 Meet cue- unusual circumstances for meeting Art cinema does not fit in a single genre o What happens in ‘art cinema’ bleeds into mainstream Trendsetting 3 features of classical Hollywood studios o Power concentrated in studio bosses o Strict talent contracts o Standard genres o Ended because paramount decision Studios couldn’t own both production and theatres o Migration to suburbs Mall theatre multiplex French New Wave o 50s and 60s o Sub of euro art cinema o Reaction to cinema du papa and Hollywood o Filmmaking as individual expression o Shot on location o Experimental editing techniques Auteur- way of evaluating movies, not about production o Francois Truffaut 2/18/16 Rashomon and Atlas of Film Critical of the federal traditions/genre it represents A critical failure but moderate commercial success in 1950 Brought to the US by Janus Films Rashomon Effect Political maps o Pushing pins into a spread of countries marked by borders o Post war japan May 8, 1945 Germany surrenders Aug. 6, 1945 atomic bomb on Hiroshima Aug. 9, 1945 atomic bomb Nagasaki Aug. 15, 1945 Japan surrenders Over 4 months 129k – 226 k people die “Japan only country to have experienced a nuclear attack so it is first and only post-nuclear, post-apocalyptic society” Clif Ganyard Demographic maps o What other films were being produced at the time Japanese film industry 50s and 60s o Dominated by 6 major studios Each known for different genre Studio genre system highly restrictive, driven by seasonal release schedules o US occupied Japan from its surrender until 1952, arbitrating film production during that time Required scripts to be translated into English for review prior to production Rejected stories about feudal japan and traditional heroes o Despite occupation, 1950s and 1960s became golden age of Japanese cinema Crisis in identity and profits leads to both innovation and commercial pandering Linguistic maps o Local filmmakers adopt popular/industrially dominant techniques and change to fit their own culture o Cultural wars fought with weapons of style How you tell a story can change what the story means Japanese Modernism – local cinematic vernacular o Changes to subject matter and style Youth oriented rebellion films, action and yakuza Self reflexive and experimental techniques Films that allow form to express theme o Rashomon first to introduce concept of modernism into Japanese cinema Orientation maps o Every view is local/partial o Examine film as cognitive map o How fictional universe from another part of the world orient its viewers to their global situation o How the film wants you to interpret historical events How does Rashomon reflect to Japanese audiences about their culture (cultural crises) in 1950? Topographic map o Represent the struggle to represent depth that which is hidden
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