• dannyjustin commented on the blog post Psycho 9 years, 6 months ago

    Hitchcock deliberately tried to make audiences aware of the pleasure they derived from the act of watching sex and violence and wanted make them feel guilty for participating in a kind of voyeurism and objectification of women. He intentionally makes the viewer aware of voyeurism and objectification in order to criticize it. It’s interesting to […]

  • dannyjustin commented on the blog post Psycho 9 years, 6 months ago

    That was an interesting point about how the camera chops marion up. This discontinuous set of shots splinters the action into tiny fragments making the spectator unaware of the space and time separating the shots. I like how Hitchcock chooses to cut rhythmically for graphic effect. The translucent shower curtain is also a genius choice […]

  • In the scene where Marion is driving is a great example of how Hitchcock used Internal diegetic sound. This essentially means that although this sound is part of the story, it cannot be heard by an invisible observer in the fictional world of the film. We are hearing Marion’s thoughts as an internal voice over. […]

  • Another interesting thing that I noticed about this film was the unconventional plot structure. The scene that advances the plot, the death of the officer, is shot in a manner making it almost unimportant. In contrast, a scene with Michel and Patricia in the bedroom is covered well despite its lack of importance in the […]

  • dannyjustin wrote a new post, 341 Week 5, on the site DannyJustin 9 years, 6 months ago

    In 1962, film critic Andrew Sarris espoused the auteur theory – that a film is the director’s personal creative vision or that the director is the author (auteur is French for author) of the film. As the original premise was stated in France, it was rather an indictment on American filmmaking and an apologia that […]

  • Peter Wollen would say that you have to separate John Ford the man and the John Ford the idea, defined by structural analysis. The beginning of The Searchers shows how the master antimony relates to semiotics. In the first scene of the film a women opens door of the cabin exposing the interior of the […]

  • In his work, Signs and Meaning in the Cinema, Peter Wollen examined three major ideas of film study- autheur, genre and semiotics and put them all together to find some common ground. His objective was to bridge the gap between contentious theories and to come up with a singular great theory of film from the […]

  • Robin Wood’s theory of repression from “An Introduction to the American Horror Film” seems to be rooted in Freudian ideas of psychoanalysis. Freud believed that Western society had too much surplus repression and because of this it was beginning to self-destruct and cause problems. He warned that this repression was becoming mass scale and would […]

  • Metz is interested in the idea of the imaginary and the notion of infantile narcissism. He explores why watching movies allows us to regress to an early stage of psychological development. This is his attempt to explain why film as a medium works so well for us. Why is it so fascinating to us; it […]

  • The first film theories we looked at were those of Arnhemin and Munsterburg. Their film theroies focused on perception in terms of either cognitive or gestault psychology. They said movies speak to desires because they are like dreams. Freud says dreams have two kinds of content, that which manifests and the latent. He said dreams […]

  • dannyjustin wrote a new post, 341 Week 2 , on the site DannyJustin 9 years, 6 months ago

    The film has to be perceived. It is entirely subjective which is why two people can see the same movie and have different ideas about it. The reason it appeals to people is because it is entirely subjective. He says the theatre is objective and the film is subjective. He contrasts film and theatre a […]

  • The star image of Valentino is a text, something you can read and interpret (not Valentino the actual actor). He became a text for the discussion of the acceptance of different ethnic groups into American society. The star image was related to changes in society and in particular, the changing roles of women in society. […]

  • Like the director in Auteur Theory, the star image is a text, that comes to represent certain sets of ideas. The image is a series of stories, and pieces of information put together to create a public persona. They are very carefully constructed. The star is an image, distinct from an actual person. For example, […]

  • Laura Mulvey argument about visual pleasure is centered around the idea of Scopophilia, which is the desire to look at people for pleasure. In the scenerio of looking at films for pleasure, women are presented as an object of the male gaze that is most pleasurable to look at. There are three components to this […]

  • dannyjustin wrote a new post, 341 Week 3 , on the site DannyJustin 9 years, 6 months ago

    In his essay “On Editing”, Pudovkin discusses his methods of treatment of the material, editing the sequences, editing the scenerio, and editing as an instrument of impression. With concern to his methods of treatment of the material Pudovkin says that a cinematograph film is built out of pieces. It is the sum of shooting; the […]

  • In the film Psycho, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, there is a continual sense of something disturbing or illicit from the opening shots. Hitchcock preferred that his world be an orderly and logical place. In Psycho, he takes his sense of order, proper values and moral rectitude and turns it over to reveal the dark underside […]

  • While his films were analytical and based on theoretical ideas from the start, Godard started to move to more intensely philosophical and political concerns in his later work. He began to abandon narrative and the traditional Hollywood formula to create a political cinema. However, Goddard’s earlier work like Breathless and My Life to Live dabbled […]

  • Breathless, Godard’s first feature length film, was a low budget production that took advantage of natural lighting, wheelchair dollies for tracking shots. The film was shot cheaply on 35 mm silent black and white with sound added in post-synchronization. Like all the directors of the New Wave, Godard implemented handheld cinematography, location shooting with direct […]

  • In his interview Godard recalls, “when we were at last able to make films, we could no longer make the kind of films which had made us want to make film. The dream of Noovelle Vague- which will never come about- is to make Spartacus in Hollywood on a ten million dollar budget… Everyone has […]

  • Sirk’s characters contend with the same problems and issues that are typical of the melodrama genre like love, sex, death and social circumstance. In Written On the Wind sex is the main problem for the characters is sexual. Following the melodrama archetype, Written on the Wind has an overly dramatic, romantic plot filled with twists […]

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