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Film Studies 1020E Chapter Notes -German Expressionism

Film Studies
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Film Studies 1020E
Peter Brunette

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The Film Experience
The Significance of the Film Image (122-133)
29 September 2011
- movie images have been valued for their beauty, realism, or ability to inspire
- skill and money play a factor in how the image appears
- film images are prized bith for their accuracy in showing or presenting us with
facts, as well as for how they interpret or represent those facts
- a film image is designed to do both:
- to realistically and reliably show, or present, the visual truth of the subject
- represent it in order to obtain an emotional or intellectual response
- the image as presentation reflects our beliet that film communicaties the details
of the world realistically, even when showing us an unrealistic situations
- image can also have the instrumental power to influence or even determine the
meaning of the evnts or people it protrays by re-presenting reality through the
interpretive power of cinematography
- this is an exercise of the power of visual stimuli
- we capture and contain a subject within a particular point of view that gives it
defintion beyond its literal meaning
- we identify the image and we then read it
- the compostional pratices of the film image that we call the conventions of
presence imply the following:
- a close identification with the POV of the image
- a response to the image that is primarily emotional
- an experience of the image as if it was a lived reality
- images can also engages us with characters
- phenomenological image: refers to filmmaking styles that approx. the physical
activity according to which we normally see the world and visually participate in it
- phychological image: in contrast, creates images that reflect the state of mind of
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