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FLM100 Introduction to Film Anat Pick Office hours: Fridays, 3-5pm or by appointment
Recap… Film history + conceptual tool kit American film history until the mid/late- 1950s. Key concepts in Film Studies. Both elements are a precondition for a good textual analysis of film.
Assignments Sem 1 Assignment 1: diagnostic essay. Assignment 2: classical Hollywood cinema essay. Sem 2 Assignment 3: student-led seminars. Assignment 4: MES essay. Assignment 5: Summative academic essay on Lone Star.
Stéphane Charbonnier (Charb), editor of Charlie Hebdo
What do we want not to see? The contradictory nature of censorship… Sexual imagery: The image of an erect penis (I’ve censored the image used in previous years…). Violence: violence against children? Against animals? The desecration of corpses? Paul Morrisey, Flesh (1968)
Video nasties (1980s) Cannibal Holocaust (Ruggero Deodato, 1980)
Tobe Hooper, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
“Among the New French Extremity's most graphic and confrontational texts is Baise- moi (2000), a self-consciously trashy exercise that is closer to the mode of triple-X porn…than to art cinema”— Jonathan Romney Gaspar Noé's 2002 Irréversible. “New French Extremity” (late 1990s & early 2000s) Baise-moi (Despentes & Trinh Thi, 2000)
Romance (Catherine Breillat, 1999)
Shortbus (John Cameron Mitchell, 2006)
“Pressure group complains after New Yorks IFC Center flouts the film’s NC-17 rating, saying the explicit drama is suitable for 'mature, inquiring teenagers’”
Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine, 2012)
Freedom of speech The First amendment prohibits the government from limiting freedom of religious expression, freedom of speech, free exercise of religion, the freedom of the press, or the right to peaceably assemble. The First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
The kiss (Edison, 1896)… “disgusting!”
Filmic effect? Do films have a moral impact on the viewer?
From Censorship to rating: From prohibition and banning to (voluntary) regulatory systems. But how voluntary is voluntary? Regulation brings into play questions of ideology, and in particular the privileging of some ideas, voices, experiences, above others.
This Film is Not Yet Rated (Kirby Dick, 2006)
Mae West & I’m No Angel (1933)—pre-Code Born in Brooklyn in Started acting aged 7. Her play Sex (1927) got her arrested. At almost forty, West became the biggest star of Gender & sexuality: adopting male qualities (detachment, control, opacity). Auto-erotic rather than seductive. Race: Interracial sexual attraction (Belle of the Nineties, 1934— eliminated by the Production Code). Subcultures: borrowing from African American culture, and from male gay culture. Age: unabashed aging sexuality. (In 1954, at sixty, her Las Vegas act paraded musclemen).
Mae West on the censors: “Tell them they made me what I am today. I hope they’re satisfied.”