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Film&Media History (5)

by: Heidi Hilts

Film&Media History (5) FMS 2023

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Heidi Hilts
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Week 5 of notes over Rashomon, Japanese Cinema, and An Atlas of Film
Film and Media History: 1960 - present
Caetlin Benson-Allott
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Film, film and media, film history
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Heidi Hilts on Sunday March 6, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to FMS 2023 at University of Oklahoma taught by Caetlin Benson-Allott in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 15 views. For similar materials see Film and Media History: 1960 - present in Film at University of Oklahoma.


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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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