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THE KULESHOV EFFECT

  MONTAGE: LESSON ONE

MARXIST CRITICAL THEORY

Vladimir Lenin, Friedrich Engels,  Karl Marx Materialism: There is no god, supernatural being, or soul. — only the material world. Human beings exist only in this world. There is no afterlife. The brain is material, not spiritual. “Sensations, thought, consciousness are the supreme product of matter” (Lenin) Ideas do not control history; material concerns do. “Life […]

DUBYAH LANDS ON THE ABRAHAM LINCOLN

On May 1, 2003, President George W. Bush landed on the U.S. aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln and declared to the world that the Iraq War was over. He flew the plane with the aid of a Navy Pilot and landed in a flight suit. He then “switched costumes: and delivered the famous “Mission Accomplished” speech. […]

GRAMMAR OF THE FILM: THE SHOT

The audience of a film sees the film through the eye of the camera. Shot: A single piece of film, however long, recorded continuously from the time the camera starts to the time it stops. A film can consist of anywhere from one to thousands of shots. Each time the camera is turned on and […]

ET 3: CHARLIE AND BUSTER

Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton were two of the great comic artists of the silent era. Each one created a on-screen personal identity — a comic persona — that carried them from film to film. What are the attributes of each persona? Begin with the face. How does each dress, walk, gesture? hold his body? […]

ET 4: BIRTH OF A NATION AND TRIUMPH OF THE WILL

WHATARETHEYABOUT? HOWARETHEYABOUTWHATARETHEYABOUT? These are two sequences from two masterpieces of propaganda: Birth of a Nation, directed by DW Griffith and Triumph of the Will. directed by Leni Riefenstahl View the BN sequence and the first five minutes of TW. Discuss at least two of the following topics with specific reference to both excerpts. Compare them with reference […]

CANNES

This year’s winners. A.O. Scott’s review of the winning movie, Terrence Malik’s Tree of Life, puts it on my “must see” list. It looks to be amazing!