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2008 class -- 4 Masters @ vtheatre.net/fm

8.5 -- analysis on style

Vertov's lessons [Man with a Movie Camera] -- director as a narrator, i.e. stylist!

Elements of style [list]

Bordwell [textbook] -- chapter on style.

Images & symbols [and signs]




Mise-en-scene -- casting is tyle, too! [ see pix on this page ]


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This page didn't find its place yet! Should I talk about it at the top of the class, at the end? This is no less important than Conceptualization, because in art HOW you tell the story is WHAT the meaning of the story is. Texture as structure paradox (of form and meaning).


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You know that each director must have his own style. There two answers why it is so -- short and long one. The short is commercial; the unique style is your ability to say the old stories in a new way. They give your a proven formula story and you make money selling it again.

The long answer involves theory about texture and structure, Aristotle and other interesting subjects.

Anyway, a new director must have his NEW voice. You know how it is in the music industry. So, what is youes?

If you read "The Poetics," you know that Aristotle separated three categories under TEXTURE: language, music and spectacle. In our case this is FILM language and each director has its own use of it (style?) -- and "music" (read it as THEME(s) -- each director has his own thematic core). Finally, the spectacle: film is the SPECTACLE!

After a few minutes we know it, we sense it, the style. Especially, with the masters; Fillini and Bergman are so different that we can recognize the individual style in a single shot!


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[ I do not have a page on documentary & camera-style; here are some links to Vertov (Man with a Camera). ]

Our eyes see very little and very badly – so people dreamed up the microscope to let them see invisible phenomena; they invented the telescope…now they have perfected the cinecamera to penetrate more deeply into he visible world, to explore and record visual phenomena so that what is happening now, which will have to be taken account of in the future, is not forgotten. —Provisional Instructions to Kino-Eye Groups, Dziga Vertov, 1926


Vertov Dziga Vertov (January 2, 1896 - February 12, 1954), was a Russian documentary film and newsreel director. Vertov was born Denis Abramovich Kaufman to Jewish intellectuals living in Bialystok--at the time a Russian territory--and Russified his Jewish patronymic to Arkadievich in his youth. Kaufman studied music at Bialystok Conservatory until his parents fled with their family from the invading German army to Moscow in 1915; they soon settled in St. Petersburg, where Kaufman began writing poetry and science fiction/satire. In 1916-1917 Kaufman was studying medicine at the Psychoneurological Instituted in St. Petersburg and experimenting with "sound collages" in his free time. Kaufman adopted the name "Dziga Vertov", which connotes "turning, revolving"; Vertov's political writings and his work on the Kino-Pravda newsreel series shows a revolutionary bent which is perhaps unsurprising. wikipedia



Vertov documentary page (?)


LENI RIEFENSTAHL was born in Berlin in 1902. She studied painting and started her artistic career as a dancer. She became already so famous after her first dance hat Max Reinhardt engaged her for the »Deutsches Theater«. info@leni-riefenstahl.de

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RIEFENSTAHL' shots [Olimpia]


Study the great film directors -- Films & Movies directory: Kurosawa, Bergman, Tarkovsky.

and Orson Welles' Citizen Kane.


I still do not understand what is MY style should be?

You have to shoot a few shorts first!


Compare your two favorite movies from the director's POV.


You start with the selection of your themes, your charatcers, your ideas! @2001-2004 film-north NEXT: Film-Books * 200x: Art Through Movies + film-analysis Kurosawa