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Term 2: Lecture 5+6

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Department
English
Course
ENGL 1F95
Professor
Tim Conley
Semester
Winter

Description
Theatre vs. Film Term 2: Lecture 5+6 (January 22  and 24 )th ­ Study 3 plays; they play with and against conventions; notice the different time periods and genre ­ Tragedy, madness, fantasy, reality, realism, judgement ­ Performance in plays = acting, how to act;tht is not easy to do or get out of ­ Theatre is voyeuristic; breaks the 4  wall; interaction with the audience (ex. Tinkerbell) ­ Film is even more so voyeuristic; we watch people who can’t see us; controlled (camera  movement) ­ Narration  ▯ notice who, why (me? now?), when, etc The Conversation (1974) ­ Director: Francis Ford Coppola / Editor: Walter March ­ The movie is a portrait of fear; about listening ­ Harry Caul (main character); call/sac; superstition that it could protect a child from drowning  ▯  Harry almost drowned as a child ­ Other characters: partner = Stan; William P Moran (Bernie); Cop/”Tail Man” ­ Sides: Meredith, Amy (aimee = “loved one”) ­ Objectives: young man, young woman, director, P.A. ­ Harry leads an isolated life; wants to be a spectator vs director (note Hamlet) ­ He has no responsibility to do anything; inarticulate ­ “Not afraid of death, but murder” = murder makes you exist ­ Can’t help but interpret/ be curious ­ Harry is the best at his job; best listener/ eavesdropper ­ Harry doesn’t want to be seen; tries to get away from the camera ­ Camera movement is similar to surveillance; creates uneasiness ­ A
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