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University of Toronto St. George
Innis College Courses
Corinn Columpar

January 29, 2013 – FILM LECTURE Today’s Topic: The Postmodern Film So far, we have covered the classical film, the art film and the radical film. All these types of films can be related to a certain art movement (classicism, modernism, political modernism and postmodernism). Thinkers from all disciplinary quarters have linked the postmodern film to the “postmodern condition” (various events since the 1950s) Some factors contributing to the “postmodern condition”  Loss of faith in certain philosophical traditions  Social movement political and identity politics (civil rights, gay liberation movement, women’s liberation movement)  Enormous demographic shifts (population explosion, baby boom movement)  The rise of multinational capitalism (has created an international division of labor. First world nations have become service economies and third world countries serve as the locus for industrial production)  The continuous expansion of consumer markets  The rapid development and ongoing integration of different media (television, the internet)  The proliferation of screens (today, we are surrounded by television screens with more visual information than we could ever possibly want) Today, we live in a state of utter media saturation. On any given day, we will most likely see billboards, surveillance camera imagery, ride in elevators and engage with visual stimuli (in home, communal spaces we are exposed to all this media). We have become very savvy to visual culture. By living in an environment saturated with media we become saturated with media. We are continually subjected to visual media. This will help explain the phenomenon of postmodernism. Postmodernism comes after modernism. It is distinguished from modernism by only a prefix. This means that it has no true identity of its own. It is both a continuation of modernism and a reaction against it (in cultural values, artistic practices…) What do postmodernism and modernism have in common? Most importantly, both modernism and postmodernism refuse the possibility that art can help us access truth. They question the existence of a single truth, promoting instead the idea of multiple truths and maybe multiple realities. They form over content, a new over that which is recognizable and reassuring. Modernist artists are noteworthy for their rigorous play on form. They want to do something fresh, something that has never been captured before. In postmodernist art, there is nowhere to go after the “white on white”. We have been taken to the extreme of abstractism. There are no more original ideas -> for this reason we must repeat the past, function as archeologists rather than inventors. We must repeat past traditions. What comes next? Andy Warhol’s “Tomato Soup Can”. This image functions for us as a kind of touchstone. What are the various attributes of postmodernism?  Pastiche: Imitation of qualities from previous art forms. Fredric Jameson points towards notion of pastiche by saying: “In a world in which stylistic innovation is no longer possible, all that is left is to imitate dead styles, to speak through the masks and with the voices of the styles in the imaginary museum” The film “Chinatown” is very conscious of what it is doing, it draws attention to what is it doing. It is a “film noir”. Characteristics of these films are high contrast black and white cinematography to create a dark and foreboding atmosphere. The film plays with color during the credit sequence. The credits are set on an ugly background (the color introduced anticipates the world view of the film, or a pretty putrid world view). There is a fun
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