film 2.docx Film and Theater 1T03

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Communication Studies
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CMST 1A03
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Spencer Pope

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Film and Theater 1T03 (Exam Review)   Fall Semester Part 2 Linear Narratives and their Consequences Aristotle (364­322 BC) Poetics Tragedy is the ‘ imitation of an action” Epic imitates and tells What is an action?  Roughly approx. to a story Aristotle says, “ Every good action has a beginning, middle and an end”. Vladimir Propp (1895­1970) Russian Formalist Analyzed fairy tale and found repeated patterns Hero/protagonist ­­­­­­­Obstacles­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Object Aristotle Formal elements of the “action” of a play Peripeteia: Reversal of fortune Anagnorisis:  Recognition/discovery Analyzing Action Identify moments of reversal and recognition • What is discovered? • How is it significant? • In relation to cultural discourses of the creator’s society Ex: The Lion King Anagnorisis: Simba realizes his deed and runs away Identification: When we identify with the character/protagonist Empathy: An empathizing audience will share in the pain and suffering of the protagonist. Aristotle called this Catharsis and believed it was the key to the social function of drama  Problem with Linear perspective The perspective of one Through whose eyes we are seeing the possible world of the play or film? What gender is the protagonist? What class? What race and culture? Aristotle also says that each pat must be casually related to the other creating a progression of  seemingly inescapab
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