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Introduction to Film - Quiz #1
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What is the major characteristics of the style of film making called Realism?
NON-MANIPULATED: life, cycles of nature, rites of passages (birth, puberty, first love), mirrors of the actual world, stylizes and distorts raw material
What is the major characteristics of the style of film making called Formalism?
FLAMBOYANT: spiritual and philosophical, technique of pattern, expressing their subjective experience of reality, not how others may see it
Why do technological film historians focus on the advancements made over the years in the equipment used by film makers when studying film history?
Technology that had advanced over the years allowed film makers to shoot movies in actual locations and be a lot more spontaneous. These new technologies had created a new aesthetic of realism, allowing movies to be a lot more easier for directors
Why do social film historians believe the best way to study film is to examine audiences and their favorite movie stars?
Their favorite movie star could reflect the audience's anxieties, political, social and moral values during a specific era; they emphasize film as an collective experience
What are the beliefs of electric movie critics?
Electric movie critics celebrated the subjective individual element in film criticism, their reaction can say a lot about themselves and the movie. They reject the idea that a single theory can explain all movies
What are the characteristics of a film's genre?
Genres are distinguished by a characteristic set of conventions in style, subject and value. A genre is a loose set of expectations, not a divine injunction. According to subject matter, style, period, and national origin
What are the form stages of genre evolution?
What do the most critically admired genre film over the years have in common?
They strike a balance between the form's pre-established conventions and the artist's unique contributions; common complaint is that all genre films "are the same movie"
Why do some directors believe genre films are easier to make than films that don't fit into any one genre?
The audience tends to automatically understand much of the information about the characters and plot
What is the auteur theory?
It is the idea that the director has complete artistic control over the film, meaning that he/she is considered the "author" of the movie
What did critic Francois Truffaut go on to do after he formulated the auteur theory?
Francois Truffaut went on to create some of the most distinctively personal movies of the New Wave. He became an auteur film director himself
To what type of film is the auteur theory best applied?
What is the greatest achievement of the auteur theory?
The auteur theory also had a liberating effect on film critics, establishing the director as the key figure in the art of cinema. The greatest movies are dominated by personal vision of the director
What is the basic criticism of people who dislike the auteur theory?
Had exaggerated the primacy of the director, where many film directors were at the mercy of the Hollywood studio, which ended to emphasize group rather than work individuality
What are the different aspects of a movie director's job?
A film director controls a film's artistic and dramatic aspects and visualizes the screenplay (or script) while guiding the technical crew and actors in the fulfillment of that vision
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