Bonnie and Clyde

May 15th, 2010
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Sex, violent, and romance, the 3 things that attract the audience the most, “Bonnie and Clyde” have all in them. That was what all Americans want to see, well, at that time period.
Easy money, traveling around, and have fun every day. Bonnie and Clyde look more like heros instead of robbers. They gather their gang members while they are on their way around the country.
There are free, uncontrollable and untouchable. They live in the lives which everybody wants, but what comes to the next? They still didn’t get away with what they’ve done.
Looks like all the gangster movies, the main characters never get away from what they’ve done. For me, it is ironic that we watch these gangster films thinking they are so awesome and then when we finish the movie, we realize it is still not worth it to live in a gangster life.

What Ousmane Sembène said..

May 15th, 2010
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In the interview, Ousmane Sembène mentioned about neocolonialism and how the Western films are controlling the African cinema. He thinks that the cinema is destroying the native African culture. I agree with him and this actually still occurring today. People make films based on the background that the public might not be familiar with, they want to make more money instead of tell the story of native people. Therefore many misunderstanding could be made after the public see these movies. It is kind of sad we only want to see what we want to see….

The New Wave

May 15th, 2010
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The New Wave occurred in late 1950s and 1960s, it was never a formally organized movement the new filmmakers were linked by their self-conscious rejection of classical cinematic form. They also engaged their work with society and the politics.
Most of the films made during this time period had limited budge, therefore the works reflected this and which made them different from any other cinema era.

Film Songs

May 15th, 2010
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Based on the readings of Hindi movies and history of Bollywood.

I grew up in Taiwan, watching many Hollywood, and Chinese, Taiwanese movies. Because of this environment I did not really watched any Bollywood movies. The first time I heard the term “Bollywood” was actually 2 or 3 years ago. But since then, I’ve watched few Bollywood movies, even though I never actually finished a whole movie cause of the sound and the music.
I think it is true that the music takes big part of the film. A good movie must have a good music or sound track to unn… decorate the film, and makes it a finished work.
The background music/sound could easily affect the viewer’s feelings, emotion and to enhance the scene.
However, for Bollywood musics, that is something different.
After reading the articles, I finally come to understand why they put these endless singing scenes in their movies. The music plays a big part in Hindi society, so the music actually hold the keys to determine if the movie is going to be success or not.
For me, I just can’t get used to their “style” of making films, whenever I watch one, it just puts me to sleep cause the length of the play time, or I get annoying by the endless music and the dancing.

Alfred Hitchcock

May 15th, 2010
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A famous person but people often know a little about him. I never actually finish or watch his movie before, so I did a little research about him after I finish the reading about him.
He is mastered techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres, or I should say he is something more than a master. Like I mentioned, I never actually finish his works, but I’ve seen many clips from his work. Out of many clips I’ve seen, the clip form “Psycho”, had impressed me the most. The scene when the killer is stabbing the girl in the shower room, the way he put the scenes together is just amazing.
After reading the interview, I was amazed by his ability, the way how he communicates with the viewers, with only uses simple body language, without any speaking or any words. Playing with the viewer’s minds and made the viewers think they know what is happening, but certainly, the viewers were the ones that know nothing about what is happening.

Widescreen

May 15th, 2010
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Based on reading: American Cinema in the Postwar Era. 1945-1960. Text chapter 15
Many things happened during the war and also after the war. This also affected the American movie industry as well. One of the main changes is the wider and more colorful movie.
The history of widescreen was pretty interesting for me because it reminds me when I took media studies class. We talked about how movies that is originally widescreen, but when it comes to the television, they had to cut the sides in order to fit into the TV frame. Anyway, I guess that is much later than 1960.
I think that the Cinema-Scope system is a pretty smart invention. To squeeze the image to fit into the film and then unsqueeze when playing , a smart invention with inexpensive, simple and easy to use.


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