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McMaster University
Theatre & Film Studies
Joe Sokalski

Fox 1 Lecture 3 THEATRE & FILM 3FF3 Monday September 23, 2013  MIDTERM TEST:  Part 1) 5/8 (Identification/Terms: person place or thing: 2 points of knowledge for why they are relevant to cinema history (10 marks)  Part 2) 5/8 questions (S/A or M/P)  Part 3) 5/7: film scene identification (title film with title and date of film) 10 marks  Part 4) film scene analysis: 1 or 2 examples from films and discuss significance of the chosen scene and film (10 marks)  The Italian (1916):  Beppo: (share the point of view of the reader/he is one with nature)  Little Tony  Annette  Boss Jim Corrigan (character)  George Beban (Actor)  1908-1910: Cinema to woo the middle class  Lightened up the theatre because it was too dark and offered ice water (ushers handed things out) and comfortable seats were made  Make films with happy endings and not just one long extended shot  The Italian: audience is directed to working class audiences and the middle class audiences  There is a core narrative in The Italian  Looks at the way the scenes are chopped up  Chase sequences builds up to the scene where Boss Corrigan beats him in the face  Buffoon->family man  Close-up used (dramatic because we begin to see him as an individual)  Flashbacks and thought used  Audience begins to see the mindscape and begin to grieve for this character at the end of the film  Get drawn into this character over the length of the film  Final title card says: middle class has gained power  D.W Griffith enters cinema in 1908 (time of narrative integration->cinematic devices are applied to storytelling) Fox 2 Lecture 3  1906-1908-Need to mass produce films  A change in the way films come to be constructed  Made fewer films because they spent more money on the films = plotted out systematically  By 1908, narrative continuity is still in its infancy but before this, all the film techniques, were all in existence but not used systematically (close-up shot was used as an insert, not to move the story and also camera movement was used, camera was panning and tilting to follow the action and chase films offered continuing action across several shots (“The Runaway Horse” film) and the use of cut-ins or P.O.V shots)  “A Trip To The Moon”: continuous space all lined up  Between 1907 and 1908 transition occurs: how stories are told becomes important, action no longer becomes repeated but linked across shots  D.W Griffith had one style of telling stories  Films from biograph had specific formats: offered a straight linear chronological narrative undertaking a
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