Monthly Archives: September 2010

READING: Narrative and Spectacle…Busby Berkeley and 42nd Street

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After reading this article, I immediately wanted to return to 42nd street, which I had watched a day before. I had not watched  it noting the importance of choreography to narrative or even knowing who the choreographer was. Now I … Continue reading

READING: Fuller 4, 5 and 6

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SCREENING: The Reflexive Gaze

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As Lucienne attracts the public gaze, she notices her own appearance more readily and, as a result, her gaze is drawn away from André. While, yes, the public gaze objectifies her, it is also liberating. It allows her to break … Continue reading

READING: Lulu

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READING: The Silence of the Silents

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The article’s argument is clearly laid out throughout. Silent films were actually sometimes one hundred percent silent. There was a period of time in which music was not an inherent accompaniment to the cinematic image. What I found especially interesting … Continue reading

READING: Fuller Chapter 2

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At the end of Fuller’s chapter 2, she mentions that some, “exhibitioners, however, rated Sunday one of their most profitable business days; they continually fought to stay open, incurring fines and even jail sentences” (46). Along with cinema’s development, times … Continue reading

SCREENING Response

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Early Edison Shorts versus Youtube Watching the screening on my own and not knowing which Edison shorts we were supposed to watch, I happened upon a series of shorts that reminded me of the apex of the Youtube craze of … Continue reading

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My original plan was to illustrate all my visuals electronically. That was taking way too long. The above images are from the following sites. They can also be found very easily by googling Purple Rose of Cairo or Buster Keaton: … Continue reading

READING: LATERNA MAGIKA

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It was interesting reading the Laterna Magika article and noting all the strategies they came up with to combine film with theatre: multiple screens, screens shaped differently from normal, being curved or angular, having actors on stage, having the actors … Continue reading

READING: Fuller, Preface and Chapter 1

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Before reading this article, I imagined early filmgoing merely as an urban phenomenon. My mental image of early film was solely based upon Nickelodeons, and even that was confused by my modern experiences with internet cafes and computer labs.  I … Continue reading