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Lecture 10 Notes: Includes a outline of the professors lecture; key terms from the professors lecture; selected examples from the professors lecture; a summary of the notes.

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University of Alabama
Tcf 112 - Motion Pict Hy Criticism
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TCF 112 1st Edition Lecture 10 Outline of Last Lecture I Post war Hollywood Genres and Social Melodrama and Film Noir a Social Melodrama i Characterized by ii Neorealism b Film Noir i Hollywood s German Expressionism ii Factors Shaping Film Noir iii Film Noir Characteristics iv Legacy of the Film Noir c Pulp Fiction and Detective Stories i Pulp fiction ii Hard boiled Detective Stories d The Police Procedural Outline of Current Lecture I New Hollywood and the Rise of the Blockbuster a Historicizing New Hollywood b Beyond the CHS Director c New HW Style i Common Elements d Film School Brats e Birth of the Modern Blockbuster i Significant Changes These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor s lecture GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes not as a substitute 1 Business of the Blockbuster 2 Technology of the Blockbuster 3 Culture of the Blockbuster Current Lecture New Hollywood and the Rise of the Blockbuster Historicizing New Hollywood Hollywood in financial trouble in mid to late 1960s After failure open to untraditional fare and increased tolerance for radical cinema HW explores social problems via allegory Bonnie and Clyde 1967 Easy Rider 1968 Wild Bunch 1969 Increased interest in European style art films non traditional narratives outside characters heightened levels of sexuality and violence Unprecedented number of foreign and soft core pornographic films began to appear in mainstream theatre The Production Code weakened and changed MPAA ratings system allowed increase in artistic freedom concerning content and consumer choice Beyond the CHS Director New era in directorial diversity Classical studio system 1950s TV directors and media professionals International directors American film school grads American indies trash art cinema New HW Style Common elements o Offbeat protagonist o Critique of sterile conservative society o Mix of comic and dramatic o Self conscious sfx o Graphic use of sex and violence Bonnie and Clyde 1967 Dir Arthur Penn Graphic and excessive violence Easy Rider 1969 Dir Dennis Hopper Creative use of flash forwards Midnight Cowboy 1969 Dir John Schlesinger Gritty realism of location shooting Dog Day Afternoon 1975 Dir Sidney Lumet Creative casting choices and non normative sexualities M A S H 1970 Dir Robert Altman An irreverent look at a war during a time of war Annie Hall 1977 Dir Woody Allen Creative use of direct address Film School Brats Directors of HW new wave formally educated experimented with genres create an Auteurist Revision directors vision genre formula Blockbuster model a few notable failures during late 70s brought end to HW new wave Apocalypse Now 1979 Dir Francis Ford Coppola UCCLA Genre war film New element war is not noble and is often absurd Raging Bull 1980 Dir Martin Scorsese NYU Genre boxing film New element violence outside the ring Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 Dir Steven Spielberg UC Long Beach Birth of the Modern Blockbuster 1975 Today Called Hollywood Renaissance Saw significant changes in o Business of the Blockbuster Studios backed fewer more audience friendly films Niche films New HW took backseat Blockbuster mentality combined high concept narrative with big budget Simultaneous exhibition and national distribution to limited regional rollout Became part of media conglomerates longer ad campaign Film openings national social events Most noteworthy early blockbusters Jaws 1975 and Star Wars 1977 o Technology of the Blockbuster Development and spread of multiplex made money from concessions not tickets Dolby sound and noise reduction technology Development of the Steadicam o Culture of the Blockbuster Rise of cultural conservatism Reagan elected in 1980 Movement to mainstream characters Mythical feel good movies about Americanism and American power Top Gun 1986 Back to the Future 1984 Stand By Me 1986 Coming of age story teen culture and adulthood

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