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Audio Visual Arts / Film and Media Arts

AVA 3001: Topics in Film and Media Arts

Hollywood Style and Sunset Boulevard

Abstract: The classical Hollywood style of movie making, sometimes called invisible, is an artful way of hiding film technique at the service of the narrative. What I am about to prove is that Sunset Boulevard (1950) conforms to the classical Hollywood style. I have written the following assuming you, the reader, have already watched Sunset Boulevard. I warn you, there are several spoilers in the pages that follow. If you did not notice the camera angles and lighting in Sunset Boulevard, then you should already be convinced that Sunset Boulevard conforms to the classical Hollywood style.

Pages: 2-3

Grade: A

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Sherlock Jr. and Modern Times: A Comparison

Abstract: Since last Wednesday, I've watched nothing but movies about the film industry. To make matters worse, Aviator just came out on DVD this week. That's the mechanical encrusted upon my life. Tomorrow in class, we will probably form a circle and read our papers aloud. Only, no one will want to read his or her paper. I don't want to read my paper either - not more than a hour ago I first heard the name Henri Bergson. Hopefully, the mechanical encrusted on the shy will be as funny as living Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.

Pages: 2-3

Grade: 98

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The Screwball Comedy Bringing up Baby

Abstract: As much as we all hate the f****** censors, the motion picture era under the strictest censorship of all time produced one of the wittiest genres known to women and men. In 1934, the fully enacted production code forced writers to say things like 'intersession classes' when they really mean 'inter-courses'. Bringing up Baby is the epitome of screwball comedy born in the early days of the Code. That is to say, it's a romantic comedy hallmarked by gender role reversal and double-entendre.

Pages: 2-3

Grade: 94

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Gender Roles in War Film

Abstract: Through movies, one can glamorize any job from plumber to prostitute. However, filmmakers also have the power to acutely critique values viewed as humane. In an effort to popularize the war effort, our government formed the Bureau of Motion Pictures under the Office of War Information (OWI). The agency insured that films produced during the Second World War would help win the war not disparage war efforts. The goal was to create films conveniently sympathetic to the war not to create blatant propaganda. The product was propaganda none the less. The following will explain how So Proudly We Hail prescribed Americans new wartime gender roles.

Pages: 2-3

Grade: 95

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The End of Noir: Orson Welles' Touch of Evil

Abstract: By 1958, post World War II audiences had grown accustomed to noir sensibilities in film. The same techniques and narratives that shocked people in 1941 became expected norms. The only way to surprise this 'built-up immunity' was to administer a new kind of shock. Touch of Evil set up audiences for a new strain of surprise by playing with the accepted conventions of the film noir.

Pages: 2-3

Grade: A

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