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Classic Hollywood and Camp

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Classic Hollywood and Camp ETS 154 - M001

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Interpretation of Film
R. Hallas

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Interpretation of Film
R. Hallas
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Date Created: 11/18/15
Classical Hollywood Cinema Textual form particular way of structuring a narrative film how story is formed Period late 1920slate 1960s studio era Set narrative conventions Set of compositional conventions ex editing is continuous Comparison to earlier and later textual forms early cinema of attractions postclassical cinema Mode of production emergence of studio system as a particular economic model for producing movies Scale industrial mass production developed to create profit Vertically integrated industry studios owned all modes of production and distribution of films Comparison to other modes of production artisanal filmmaking by experimental filmmakers Cultural practice of reception mode of moviegoing pleasure Changing experience of cinema in cafes to nickelodeons to palaces etc Moviegoing as central leisure activity of mid20th century Comparison to other cultural practices around film Film is educational and political contexts Jackie Stacy The Great Escape Reading Reception Studies How American stars shape Britain women ideals during 1940s50s Through questionnaires letters etc Does not analyze film itself but the audience s perception of film Dyer s Model of appeal of entertainment forms see slide for details Social tension Utopian solution Hollywood musical shows sense of community expresses basic issues experienced in everyday life Camp A resistance to good taste a rejection of cultural respectability and high culture Inversion of values good taste believed to be bad taste and viseversa Embrace of excess and artifice Loves the artificial not the natural revels in too much color etc Pleasure in constructed nature of the work its lack of transparency andor realism Tension between affection and critique affection for the art but a separation from the criticism a specialized mode of interpretation camp is not to be found in the text of film or other art form itself an optic reading strategy created by the viewer based on their cultural location Against The way that the authors had intended the meaning The way it was originally understood when first screened The way mainstream audiences understand it camp is rooted in the spirit of resistance The Gang 5 All Here Busby Berkeley 1943 Carmen Miranda Brazilian actress who became highest paid female actress of the time Backstage musical Excessive color very bright artificial color Very clear it s a set nothing looks realistic Size of props excessively large props Many many performers excessive people Miranda performs to accentuate her Brazilian accent Costume features fruit exoticism Overly sexual femininity Camera work has odd incredible movements creating excess When it sways with the movement of the bananas Stage too big to be real Impossible space of musical number moves away from narrative to pure spectacle Gay camp Opens the opportunity for gay men to analyze the cultural construct of gender and heterosexual norms Early cinema gay men never picturednever pictured positively Camp allowed gay men to find pleasure in the spectacle and overly feminine aspects of film Intellectual Camp Felt superior to mainstream audience because they understood cultural references Mass camp Available to everyone As time passes camp develops Can appreciate the film due to the time gap and understanding of the history Camp is a reading strategy that often turns into the development of new texts


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