THEA 201 - Quiz 2
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Usually, each of the systems that become the "complex synthesis" of a movie is:
highly organized and deliberately assembled.
One system of film, mise-en-scène, involves:
lighting, setting, props, costumes, makeup.
Content is defined as_____, and form is defined as _____.
the subject of an artwork; the means by which that subject is expressed and experienced
In the abortion clinic scene from Juno, the content is _____, while the form is _____.
Juno in the waiting room; décor, patterns, implied proximity, point of view, moving camera, sound
Which of the following would be considered a film's use of form?
The use of dramatic lighting to convey a madman's tortured psyche in a slasher film.
The formal differences and similarities among various works of art lead to questions about how:
the respective forms shape our emotional and intellectual responses to the subject matter.
Once a narrative begins, expectations make viewers ask questions about:
the story's outcome.
Which of the following demonstrates how various forms transform the representation of content?
Different directors each employ their different styles to depict the same story and characters.
In comparing Black Hawk Down with a historical account of the U.S. military action that movie represents, such an analysis would concentrate:
primarily on issues of adapting the real-life event to the screen.
Rather than being separate entities that come together to produce art, form and content are instead:
2 interrelated aspects of the entire formal system of a work of art
Screenwriters often organize narrative structure around the viewer's:
desire to learn the answers to important questions.
Alfred Hitchcock's term "MacGuffin" refers to:
an object, document, or secret within a story that is of vital importance to the characters and thus motivates their actions.
Why is the stolen $40,000 in Psycho considered a MacGuffin?
Because eventually it is of no real importance in the movie.
How do patterns operate in the chase scene in D. W. Griffith's Way Down East?
Parallel editing is used to make different lines of action appear to be occurring simultaneously.
Why is light the essential ingredient for movies?
Movie images are made when a camera lens focuses light onto film stock.
In what way does The Silence of the Lambs use patterns in the scene of an FBI team preparing to storm a house?
A specific editing pattern used throughout the film is at first employed and then broken, thus thwarting viewer expectations.
Which of the following is NOT one of the functions of narrative patterns?
Preventing the audience from identifying with the characters.
Which of the following demonstrates the way patterns can be broken for dramatic and expressive purposes?
A succession of close-ups is followed by a wide-angle shot of a desolate landscape
Which of the following can NOT be evoked from the manipulation of light on film?
How does lighting function in the scene between Tom, Casy, and Muley in The Grapes of Wrath?
It contrasts the dark background and Muley's haunted face, which is illuminated by a flickering candle, thus revealing the despairing state of mind of the characters.
In terms of their role in movies, what is the difference between light and lighting?
Light is responsible for the image we see on the screen; lighting is responsible for significant effects in each shot or scene.
Which of the following is NOT one of the ways lighting can work with other elements in a shot?
Which of the following does NOT demonstrate the way lighting can work with other cinematic elements?
Soft lighting appears halfway through a long scene.
How do movies appear to be moving?
By creating a quick succession of twenty-four individual still photographs per second.
Which of the following accurately describes the perceptual phenomenon known as persistence of vision?
The process by which the human brain retains an image for a fraction of a second longer than the eye records it.
How has advanced cinematic technology complicated movies' reliance on illusion of movement?
It hasn't; even the most special effects-dependent movies rely on the illusion of movement.
How do movies use the elements of time and space?
Movies manipulate both space and time.
On the movie screen, how do space and time relate to one another?
Space and time are relative to each other.
Which of the following does NOT demonstrate the movie principles of "dynamization of space" and/or "spatialization of time"?
A live, theatrical drama is presented in which scenes play out on a single set meant to depict a city police station.
If a character in a movie scene were to drop out of the frame, a viewer would most likely interpret this to mean that the character was:
moving to another part of the established space.
Which of the following constitutes one of the main differences between the camera eye and the human eye?
The camera eye is more selective in its view than is the human eye because it is able to frame its image and widen and foreshorten space.
Why would movies be largely incomprehensible if we didn't automatically identify with the camera lens?
Because the startling movements of the camera through space would appear to have no connection to the way we actually see.
In film theory, what does the concept "mediation" mean?
The process by which an agent, structure, or other formal element transfers something from one place to another.
How is cinema's ability to manipulate space effectively demonstrated in the cabin-on-the-edge-of-a-cliff sequence in The Gold Rush?
Suspense is created because individual shots have been edited together to create the illusion that they form part of a complete space.
How does the baptism scene from The Godfather give the sense that different actions in locations are occurring simultaneously?
By the continuity of particular actions, dialogue, and music.
The climactic gunfight in The Killer demonstrates how cinema:
extends time within scenes.
Which of the following is an example of cinematic manipulation of space?
The clever editing of sequence to make it appear as if all shots were taken in the same room when really they were not
Which of the following is an example of cinematic manipulation of time?
The extension of various shots so that a scene's screen duration becomes longer than the purported time of its events.
Which of the following is NOT a way in which movies can manipulate time?
2. Magnifying a minute detail within a landscape.
3. Presenting events from multiple perspectives and memories.
Why do director John Woo and editor Kung Ming Fan alternate between elegant slow motion and bursts of fast motion in capturing violent gun battles in The Killer?
To give their fight scenes a dizzying kinetic energy.
What is a freeze-frame?
A still image shown onscreen for a period of time.
Which of the following helped inspire the first motion pictures?
The realist impulse of the visual arts.
Antirealism is defined as an interest in or concern for:
the abstract, speculative, or fantastic.
The French filmmaker(s) who established the realistic direction of cinema was (were) _____, while the French filmmaker(s) who established the antirealistic direction of cinema was (were) _____.
the Lumière brothers; George Méliès
What are expectations associated with realistic characters?
That they do things that conform to what we understand of real people.
Why can it be said that realism in movies is a kind of illusion?
Because no matter how similar to our experience of the world it might appear, realism always entails mediation.
Which of the following would be considered an example of a representational work of art?
A realist portrait of a recognizable person that emphasizes unity, symmetry, and order.
What is the definition of "verisimilitude"?
A convincing appearance of truth.
Though a film might manufacture a convincing physical world, it might be undermined in its verisimilitude by:
unrealistic character portrayals.
Which of the following is NOT an example of cinematic verisimilitude?
A bizarre, alienating film containing absurd and inconceivable events that prevent its audience from becoming absorbed in any sort of fictional world.
Audiences' expectations in regard to "reality":
change across time and cultures.
Films that succeed in seeming verisimilar across cultures and times often:
achieve success with critics and at the box office, prompting people to call these films timeless.
How does Jurassic Park employ cinematic verisimilitude?
By convincing its audience as strongly as possible that the dinosaur amusement park of its title could exist.
Why would Gladiator be considered a movie possessing convincing verisimilitude?
Because it conforms to what we generally understand about the customs and lifestyles of ancient Rome.
What is meant by "cinematic language"?
The accepted systems, methods, or conventions by which the movies communicate with the viewer.
Which of the following demonstrates how cinematic language becomes individuated and complex?
A movie juxtaposes shots in particular contexts, creating scenes and sequences.
Which of the following words best describes the conventions that compose cinematic language?
Why do cinematic conventions represent a certain agreement between the filmmaker and the audience?
Because they represent a common, shared cinematic language that can be both used for familiar purposes and reimagined for newer ones.
Which of the following demonstrates the way a filmmaker can employ both convention and innovation?
By shooting a scene in a traditional style for unusual narrative purposes.
Why can the movie camera be likened to a painter's brush or a writer's pen?
Because it imparts meaning via specific techniques