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Lecture 9

ENGB70H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Voyeurism, Microsoft Onenote, Panavision


Department
English
Course Code
ENGB70H3
Professor
Sara Saljoughi
Lecture
9

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Ideology&theCinema
Friday,October28,2016 9:34AM
Genrecontinued…
• Rosemary’sBaby[dir.Polanski,1968]
○ emphasisonparanoia,distrustandcynicism
• Chinatown[Polanski,1974]
○ howdoesgenregetreworked?
○ inChinatown:filmnoiranddetectivefilmbeingrevisited[from40s/30s]in70s
○ idea/socialreflectedinhowfilmpresentsitselfasvisualobject
• MalteseFalcon[1941dir.johnHuston]
○ HustoninChinatown
○ PolanskimakeslinkbetweenfilmnoirandChinatownbyusingsamepeople
• Polanski
○ seeingthethirtiesthroughtheeyeoftheseventies
○ 70sappliedthroughthecameraeye,newstyleofcinemathat'sinfluencedbythenew
○ wavearegoingtobeheavilyinfluencinghowhelooksbackatthegenreofthe30s
○ shiftofauthorityinChinatownforJackNicholson’scharacter
TheMaltesefalconvsChinatown
• Eachfilmisbasedonsimilarconceptsbutusedifferentfilmingconstructs
AspectRatio‐describestherationofthewidthtotheheightofanimageorscreen
Chinatown=2.35(Panavision)aspectratio
• Thismeansitis2.35timesmorewidethenhigh
TheMalteseFalcon:1.33("academystandard")
○ "Contemporaryacademystandard":1.85
• Privateinvestigator=P.I.=Privateeye
• Panavision
○ Thecameraiscalledthe"Panaflex"(1972)whichwasahandheldcamera
○ Thisnewwayofshootingsupportsafluidwayofstorytelling.
• TheopeningphotographsofChinatownmaybeinterpretedinmanydifferentways.
Voyeurism:thesecretviewingofanotherpersoninaplacewherethatpersonwouldhaveareasonable
expectationofprivacy.
FlawedVision:notbeingabletoadequatelyunderstandwhatyou'reseeing.
• Chinatown
○ Voyeurism
○ Flawedvision
○ Water
○ Fish
• Shownmuchinthefilm
• Thekeydifference:inthe1940'slawprevails,whenyoutransgressthesocialorder,youarepunishedbythelaw
(ie.Doubleindemnity)
Genre
Detectivefilms
• Manywerefilmnoir
• Publicsphere
• Socialorder/lawvsdisorder/transgression
• Justice:righteousindividualvsruleoflaw
FilmNoir
• Public+privatesphere
• Forexample:indoubleindemnity,WaltercouldbecomegoodlikeKeyes,butthesubplotofhis
life,hisattractiontoPhyllis,drawshimawayfromthatpossibility.
• Socialorder/lawvsdisorder/transgression
Condensation
• Corruptindividualwithpower:NoahCross
• Jake
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