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TRM 151 Lecture Notes - And Then..., Surrealism, Irony

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TRM 151
Susannah Sayler

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Transmedia 151 Susannah Sayler
Light Speed Film History
Prof. Alex Mendez
-To summarize the history of film is an impossible
-“Sense of History”
+history vs story, the same word
+the story of film > linear history
-filmmaking developed everywhere at the same time
-film is a modern invention
Are we moderns?
-Immanuel Kant, the idea of freedom
+humans arrive at a level of adulthood that
entails responsibility
+Kant himself never left his home town
-George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, man
overcomes obstacles
-loss of the feudal system mid 1800s
+safety, food and hygiene become staples
What Happened to History?
-a progression, better everyday?
fire discovered
industrial revolution, factories
Penicillin discovered 1928, medicine improves
WWII, Axis vs Allies
Atom Bomb
-The atom bomb derails history
Film = entertainment
-The perfect art, moving media
Where was Film Born?
-TA Edison, New Jersey
-Lumiere Brothers, Paris
-Louis Le Prince, Leeds
+after making first moving picture ever, gets
on a train and disappears
Born Under the Circus Tent, Raised Near the Bar
-an art of oddities, the people’s art
-magic lantern
-from out of nowhere to becomes the defining art
of our times.
Both a Mirror and a Hammer
-Edison’s “The Kiss”
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- Lumiere’s “Workers Leaving Factory
-Film starts as slice of live, movement shots
+grasping reality, documentary-like
-George Melies, magician, special tricks
+father of narrative
Creation of Story-telling tools
-George Smith’s “Sick Kiitten”
-Edwin Porters The Life of an American
Fireman (1903)
+parallel editing, cross-cutting
-shot-reverse-shot, eyeline, 180 rule
-D.W. Griffith’s The Mended Lute (1909)
+Florence Lawrence, first American star,
becomes filthy rich and commits suicide
-star system is born
-Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Jr.
Was Classical Hollywood Really Classic?
-better technology
-The West allows escape from patents
-great scenery and ample light
-capitalistic model: money > art
-D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance, four different
interwoven stories
+theme is the only relation
+Cabria (1914) influences
1927 SOUND
-The Jazz Singer “You haven’t heard nothing
-destroys silent actors
-multiple cameras needed, sets back innovation
+discover value of silence
Film as Art
-Russian Film, art & science
+Eisenstein and others write theory books
-Kuleshov effect, the miracle of montage
-Battle Ship Potemkin (1925)
-Film=living organism, montage of attractions
+designed to have psychological effect
-France and Surrealism, film to understand
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-Nothing But Time (1926)
-Un Chien Andulou, L. Bruñel and S. Dali
The Genre Period 1930-1940
-gangster, western, horror and musical
-Westerns & John Ford, Stagecoach
And Then ... Hitchcock
-advances storytelling art
+camera POV, logic to build suspense,
silence, dramatic irony
-1940 WWII

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