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Lecture 12

ENGB70H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 12: Microsoft Onenote, Masculinity


Department
English
Course Code
ENGB70H3
Professor
Sara Saljoughi
Lecture
12

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Film&Masculinity
Friday,November18,2016 9:10AM
Network(dir.SidneyLumet,1976)
• Instillspoliticaloutrage
• "I'mnotgonnatakethisanymore"
B. Brecht:"EpicTheatre"(ch5&8)
"alienationeffect":Strategyofdistancingviewersfromidentificationinordertoheighten
critical/thoughtfulengagementwithsocialissues
○ Vividstylization
○ Fragmentation
○ Ideologicalpositionsarestatedovertly
○ Multiple(oftencompeting)perspectives
• Complexambiguouscharacterization
• Multiplelinesofconflict(ratherthanbinaryopposition)
• HandlingofadiegeticPOV
• Spikeleesetsuptheselinesofconflictvisuallythroughatrackingshot(akadollyshot)
• Whenthebackgroundispartofthestoryitscalledatableau
• Whendoingeyelinematch,theyarelookingdirectlyatthecamera,whichmakesitfeellike
weareinthefilm
○ Thisalsoinducesthealienationeffectbecauseitalignsuswithmultiple
perspectives
○ Inreplacementofaneyelinematch,itsadirectaddress
TaxiDriver(dir.MartinScorsese,1976)
• AnotherexampleofNewHollywoodCinema
○ ThefirstexampleofthisgenrementionedwasChinatown
Scorseseisa"moviebrat"
• Style&genre
Expressioniststyle(likethecabinetofDr.Caligari)
• Projectionofcharacterpsychologyontothefictionalworld
○ Suddenandunusualcameramovements
○ EverythingisseenfromTravis'perspective.
"neo‐noir"
• Flawedamoralprotagonist
• Darkworldview
• "notesonfilmnoir"byPaulSchrader(1971)BOOK
• Wrotethescreenplayfortaxi‐driver
• AlsoimportantessayonFilmNoir
• "asthecurrentpoliticalmoodhardens,filmgoerswillfindfilmnoirof
thelate40'increasinglyattractive"
• ReferstotheVietnamWar
• Neo‐noirwasarevisitofnoirfilmthatwascomparedtoWW2
• Identification
○ Oppositeofalienationeffect
Identification:thepsychologicalandemotionalalignment/involvementofthe
audiencewiththecharactersonscreen
○ InTaxiDriver,weareinvitedtoidentifywithapsychopath
○ Howweidentify
1. Seeingashotofacharacter
2. Seeingashotfromacharacter'spointofview
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