Closely Watched Films: An Introduction to the Art of by Marilyn Fabe

By Marilyn Fabe

How do movies paintings? How do they inform a narrative? How do they circulation us and make us imagine? via unique examinations of passages from vintage movies, Marilyn Fabe offers the analytic instruments and historical past in movie background and concept to permit us to determine extra in each movie we watch. starting from D. W. Griffith's The start of a state to Spike Lee's Do the suitable factor, and finishing with an epilogue on electronic media, Closely Watched movies focuses on exemplary works of fourteen movie administrators whose careers jointly span the historical past of the narrative movie. energetic and down-to-earth, this concise advent presents a huge, entire, and but particular photograph of visible narrative recommendations that would elevate readers' pleasure approximately and data of the probabilities of the movie medium.
Shot-by-shot analyses of brief passages from every one movie floor concept in concrete examples. Fabe comprises unique and well-informed discussions of Soviet montage, realism and expressionism in movie shape, classical and glossy sound concept, the vintage Hollywood movie, Italian neorealism, the French New Wave, auteur idea, modernism and postmodernism in movie, political cinema, feminist movie thought and perform, and narrative experiments in new electronic media. Encompassing the earliest silent motion pictures in addition to those who make the most the latest technological thoughts, this ebook offers us the details of ways film--arguably the main influential of up to date different types of representation--constitutes our excitement, impacts our techniques, and informs our day-by-day fact.

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He thought theater should be based on what he called a “montage of attractions,” which would take theater back to its primitive roots in spectacle or circus entertainment. Eisenstein envisioned a political theater in which spectators could be pleasured and thrilled by wondrous circus attractions and spectacles, while at the same time they were instructed in correct political views and values through carefully constructed political satires. Eisenstein’s theatrical productions were performed not on a traditional stage but in an area resembling a circus arena, with most of the players wearing masks.

When a character is sympathetic, a big closeup can increase our feeling of intimacy and deepen our identification with the character. ” The intense effect of the big close-up in shot 20 heightens the effect of shot 21. Here Flora appears as in shot 19, from Gus’s point of view in a medium shot. She is laughing and blowing kisses at the squirrel. ) If we were to see this shot in almost any other context it would connote innocence and joy. But because we know we are looking at Flora from Gus’s perspective her actions take on new significance.

The goal of these workshops was to determine the best methods for shaping the film medium into a powerful tool of instruction and propaganda. As they began to study film systematically in these workshops, Soviet film pioneers were deeply impressed by the emotional effects generated by D. W. Griffith’s narrative techniques—his use of the close-up, his innovative camera movements, and the way he changed camera angles. They were especially excited by his crosscutting and editing rhythms. The Soviet pioneers were influenced most by Griffith’s Intolerance (1919), the next film Griffith made after The Birth of a Nation.

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