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They know movies and it would be easier in "Movies & Films" to start with the motion pictures, but how to talk about it without film grammar? So, the first part -- movies. Second, films. Third -- culture?

200X Aesthetics -- intro, Film Directing Class -- above, upper level. Film Analysis -- in the middle: Film & Movies. I will be using this page, when I teach the class (Spring 2003).

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I pity the French Cinema because it has no money. I pity the American Cinema because it has no ideas. --Jean-Luc Godard


"Fin de Cinma." (the end of "Weekend" by Jean-Luc Godard, 1967)

Cinema as an art form is dead. It has been dead for some years now (although NOT corresponding to the timing of Jean-Luc Godard's famous statement.) Cinema's official death can arguably be linked to the passing of the legendary Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky, who almost single-handedly kept the pure flame of cinema art alive. With the subsequent death of Sergei Paradjanov, the "retirement" of Ingmar Bergman and the recent deaths of Robert Bresson and Akira Kurosawa, there is virtually no one out there willing to answer the true calling of cinema as a spiritual art form, as a way of seriously seeking and probing into the great questions of existence (the one possible exception being the film "Mother and Son" by Alexander Sokurov.)
Perfectly reflecting the present state of humanity, the cinema of today has moved past the great questions of existence and into capturing life as an adventure, as a thrill. Thus genuine seeking has been replaced by thrill-seeking (i.e. the stimulation of the senses.) And the general trend is towards greater and greater thrill-seeking as more of the spiritual deadness sets in. Is there no end to the gargantuan amounts of trivial, sordid matter filling every neighborhood movie screen and every household television set!? The question of what cinema could have evolved into now seems almost pointless in the wake of its wreckless demise. Fortunately, there is still a large handful of truly worthwhile seeking films, which have been made in years past (most available on video), to make cinema a powerful tool for probing into the meaning of our existence.
In the cinema of today, however, the general public is swept along into the most indolent mode of living: indulging their personal dreams, fantasies and wishes as a substitute for seeking out the true answers to the questions of life beyond the visible boundary. And how much more pleasant it is to engage ones imagination than to undertake a serious search for answers to the agonizing questions of ones spirit!
As Jean-Luc Godard stated in his 1987 film "King Lear":
"We're in a time now, when movies, and more generally art, have been lost, do not exist. And must somehow be re-invented."
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film n 1: a form of entertainment that enacts a story by a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement; "they went to a movie every Saturday night"; "the film was shot on location" [syn: movie, picture, moving picture, motion picture, picture show, flick] 2: a medium (art or business) that disseminates moving pictures: "theater pieces transferred to celluloid"; "this story would be good cinema"; "film coverage of sporting events" [syn: cinema, celluloid] 3: a base of celluloid covered with a photographic emulsion; used to make negatives or transparencies [syn: photographic film] 4: a thin coating or layer; "the table was covered with a film of dust" 5: a thin sheet of (usually plastic and usually transparent) material used to wrap or cover things [syn: plastic film] v 1: make a film or photograph of something; "take a scene"; "shoot a movie" [syn: shoot, take] 2: record in film; "The coronation was filmed"

movie n : a form of entertainment that enacts a story by a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement; "they went to a movie every Saturday night"; "the film was shot on location" [syn: film, picture, moving picture, motion picture, picture show, flick]

James Bond and the COLD WAR (old notes, during the Film Club screening)

Why British? CIA and FBI are too close to home to place in fantasy style and the irony. We have serious grievances with both. Her Majesty Secret Service is already half unreal, but on our side. The sixties were the return of the British, but cultural invasion. This type of hero must be a little bin alien, we have to cross the border of the fairy-tale land.

The message. The hero is still out there to protect the good, the country, the innocent. Is this an advertisement and propaganda. Bad and good guys. Nazis were replaced by the commies. Two identifiable super-powers, easy to take sides and history provided us with many anecdotes.

Genre: Spy Stories. Odyssey, Trojan Horse. Guns, woman, new technology -- the horse is replaced by cars, planes, rockets.

How new is our hero? Old law -- he must not die or even defeated.
Fairy-tales principles never changed.
For the good of the country and human race, which we represent.
Woman is a prize and means. The true reward -- adventure, risk, victory. What a profession!
Psychology -- ever cool.
Physical violence -- graphic and getting more graphic every day.

The Nature of Visions.
Do we care that events and his actions are impossible? On the contrary -- I want the impossible! We don't reality, that is too scary. The real questions ask for real answers, we need to COVER the real problems, we need to forget about them, even if it's for a couple hours -- let us not to think how serious our situation is. Fear, Aristotle would say -- horror, is the basis of fantasy mentality. Our mind is shocked and asks for pain-killers. How else can we deal with something we can't change?

Historicity. How to take the real danger of the nuclear holocaust.

The forms.

Film as media is perfect for recreating new mythology: action and open conflict.


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2004: I do not know when I will have time to write about "acting in movies" -- here is a short list of actors I refer to in Film Analysis class.

Acting is a part of "mise-en-scene" in many textbooks (need definition).

Maybe I will put my comments to the titles and actors later. Anatoly

PS. Watch the movies on your own, we don't do in class.


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Nicholson There a short list of titles I show the segments in class, when we get to Acting; here are the samples.

There are other movies with Jack Nicholson could be recommended (use Amazon suggestions).

[ I am not mentioning European film actors here. ]

See Acting I, II, III and Film Directing pages.

[ long list @ film.vtheatre.net ]

I have no pages on individual actors. Only film directors -- Eisenstein, Tarkovsky, Bergman, Kurosawa, Fellini (Film-North).

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