Charles Livingston

  • If there is one film that could truly define science fiction/Horror cinema of the 1950’s, Invasion of the Body Snatchers ( 1956) would be your choice . The film was directed by Don Siegel, and was a Walter Wagner Production. It starred Kevin McCarthy, as Dr. Miles J. Bennell, and Dana Wynter, as Becky Driscoll. The films plot followed a […]

  • Laura Mulvey’s essay on visual pleasure discusses how cinema objectifies women. That’s basically her main argument, or understanding, regarding the male viewers spectator-ship. Mulvey speaks about man’s desire to objectify women on screen. Voyeurism can define what “men” are taking part in when looking at women on screen. She discusses how the male sexual drive […]

  • Jean-Baudry’s apparatus theory seemingly deprives film as an art form, referring to it as a psychoanalytical study. Baudry dismisses the films narrative, and exclusively targets the nature of the viewer in relation to the film on screen. Content poses as an irrelevant entity to Braudry. He perceives the viewer as a “passive observer.” This meaning, […]

  • Marie Menken’s (born in New York) experimental short Go!Go!Go! thoroughly aggravated me so, that I felt compelled to write a blog about it. The short film was meant to explore New York City’s rather “intense” lifestyle. It was an eleven minute silent production that peaked my interest merely because of how much I disliked it. The film […]

  • Horror films are known for there ability to distress our sub-conscious. Robin Wood, a well known theorist, discusses horror films in detail. He speaks about the “Return of the Repressed,” in his influential essay “An Introduction to the American Horror Film.” This theory of the “Repressed,” in my rather undemanding opinion, refers to the viewer’s […]

  • Many films stay with a person forever, while many are seemingly a “one time deal”. Films such as The Godfather, The wizard of Oz, and Gone with the Wind cause an everlasting effect on the viewer. They all consist of vital scenes that formed the building blocks for modern cinema. Scenes such as when Dorothy and her colorful […]

  • The plot definitely was meant to signify communism. The fear of “an alien invasion” was certainly code for a communist take over. Many films during the 1950’s were subtle hints towards communism. Especially War of the Worlds, I mean aliens coming to invade common American folk…come on. Sci-Fi thrillers are always awesome, but I’m still […]

  • Hitchcock loved using the infamous point of view shot. It was effective in showing all facets of voyeurism that he, as a director, was attempting to portray. Psycho was a great movie! Norman Bates will forever be the freakiest character of all time.

  • Saying that “Stars” play a vital role in a film’s success is a vast understatement. Film theorist, Miriam Hansen, discusses male star roles in detail, specifically Rudolf Valentino. She views Valentino as a male “Sex Symbol,” he was quite the site for the average American female film-goer. She was fascinated by Valentino’s appeal to the […]

  • Rick Altman’s influential Semantic/Syntactic approach covers a substantial portion of the Genre Theory. A film’s “Genre” refers to the unconscious outline of the film, not noticeably apparent to the viewer, but understood none the less. Altman discusses Genre in detail, rendering the subject more complex than one would assume. He produces the idea of the […]

  • Sarris has three basic principles, or as he labels them, “premises,” regarding the Auteur theory. One premise is the technique of the director. Can a ‘bad’ director make a great film? Can a ‘good’ director make a bad film? Sarris’ second premise states, over a group of films, a director must exhibit certain recurrent characteristics […]

  • I like your pointers regarding 1930’s “escapist” films. Horror films don’t seem like your traditional way of escaping the Great Depressions harsh realities, but it was quite a change for film audiences. Movies like Frankenstein, Dracula, and White Zombie all contributed to the aiding of the film industry, and the rather “uneasy” easing of the […]

  • Andre Bazin and Sigfried Kracauer have conflicting, yet similar theories regarding the notion of realism. Kracauer believed that a film should be realistic to a certain extent while still maintaining its artistic merit. He focuses less on the technical aspects of film and more on the basic elements pertaining to the production. He believed its […]

  • Rudolf Arnheim was an early film theorist who much like Munsterberg, was vastly interested in the idea of perception and visualization. Arnheim was greatly opposed to the use of sound and color in the cinema. This was due to the fact that he felt those two properties would cause a distraction to the art form […]

  • Charles Livingston commented on the blog post Psycho 7 years, 6 months ago

    Now if you watch the movie again you’ll get an even broader sense of the clues Hitchcock meant to convey. At first glance we got the idea that something was off with Norman and his mother but we really couldn’t put our finger on it. Who ever says they knew it was Norman the whole […]

  • There isn’t enough to say about Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological masterpiece psycho. Psycho is one of the most discussed films in the history of modern cinema. This is with good reason of course. I, like the billions of others, am going to attempt to discuss the film. I mean why not discuss Psycho, it really was THAT good. The film stars […]

  • Throughout my years of studying and watching film, the one genre that never seems to let me down is the “Film Noir.” Though it was short-lived, it has had a  lasting effect on American cinema. The idea of dark narration, and most notably the “Femme Fatale” are two of the many aspects of the genre […]

  • Very true, without “Psychos” awesome score by Bernard Hermann it definitely would not have had the same effect on moviegoers. It gave off a certain dark and ominous effect throughout the film, guiding the films storyline. Although the same score was repeated numerous times it never got old with me.

  • Charles Livingston commented on the blog post Psycho 7 years, 6 months ago

    The remake was terrible! First of all the remake was ridiculously bad. I mean Anne Heche and Vince Vaughn playing the roles of Bates and Crane, what a joke. I also didn’t quite understand the classes overall reactions to certain scenes in the film. It wasn’t that i was aggravated by the laughing, but rather […]

  • Charles Livingston commented on the blog post Psycho 7 years, 6 months ago

    Alfred Hitchcock most definitely falls under the category of an ‘Auteur’. He leaves his mark on each and every one of his films. Although he doesn’t write his films screenplays, which I find to be a vital attribute to proper ‘Auterism,’if I’m watching a Hitchcock movie, I’ll know it’s Hitchcock. Whether it’s the suspense, Jimmy […]

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