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critical reading and film analysis


rob rector

on 12 January 2017

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Transcript of critical reading and film analysis

critical reading and film analysis
r. rector
analyzing film

What do you expect a movie to do?
What should happen in story?
Does a film have to tell a story?
expectations and narrative fiction films

Viewers expect narrative fiction films to be organized in a particular way:
Cause-and- effect storytelling
Characters whose motivations are clear
Conclusions that resolve conflicts
Some narrative fiction films defy these expectations, to the delight of some viewers and the frustration of others.
Genre expectations

Viewers expect that Westerns, Science Fiction, and Horror genres (to name a few) will present specific kinds of characters and plots and conform to a predictable visual design (for example, a dusty frontier street in a Western)
the orchestration of detail

Motif: a detail of any kind (visual, sound, narrative) that takes on significance through repetition

Parallel: the use of a visual sound or narrative device that asks viewers to compare two characters, objects, locations, or events
world beyond the film

Knowledge of the world beyond the film helps viewers understand certain ideas
Filmmakers make references to historical events, cultural knowledge, beliefs, public figures, other films, and other works of art
film analysis

The goal of film analysis is to articulate the ideas and feelings a viewer derives from the experience of watching a film.
Building a thorough interpretation of a film involves writing.

Film analysis depends upon three kinds of claims about films:
descriptive statements
evaluative statements
interpretive statements
descriptive claim
An account of the basic characteristics of the film.

A series of descriptive claims forms a plot summary.
evaluative claim
This statement asserts a judgment about a film: is it good or bad? Worthy of serious discussion? Interesting but flawed?

All evaluative claims rely on criteria to determine value, although they may not be stated explicitly.
interpretive claim
This statement presents an argument and a perspective on a film’s meaning and significance.

Interpretive claims identify the important ideas in a film and discuss how the film presents its underlying themes.

Developing interpretive claims enriches a viewer’s experience of films, because the process requires viewers to consider the complex emotional and intellectual activities involved in watching films.
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