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Post-Modernism Session2

  1. 1. Postmoderism<br />Session 2<br />
  2. 2. Jean-François Lyotard<br />Rejection and incredulity towards grand narratives – these are constructed, therefore allowing producers of media to experiment and play with the construction of what is real.<br />
  3. 3. Playfulness (Parody; pastiche)<br />Scary Movie<br />Scary Movie 3<br />Dance Flick<br />Hot Fuzz<br />
  4. 4. Self-reference (Hyperconsciousness)<br />Classical and modern texts will try to hide the fact that a text is constructed, whereas a postmodern text will jump up and draw attention to itself and its modes of construction. <br />
  5. 5. Annie Hall (1977 Dir. Woody Allen)<br />
  6. 6. We will watch the opening twice<br />Make notes on:<br />- how can this text exhibit hyperconscious? <br />- any other elements of postmodernism that you can spot – both stylistic and thematic?<br />
  7. 7. Features of hyperconsciousness<br />No music over opening titles –unsettles audience because it breaks conventions<br />Intro – hyperconscious – Allen directly addresses audience in character – breaking convention of ‘reality’ portrayed in fictional films – highlighted in midshot used and directly addressing camera<br />Starts with a joke – intertextuality<br />
  8. 8. Features of hyperconsciousness<br />Brought up in WW2 - Mother is not postmodern – not even modern! <br />As a child read about universe expanding and breaking up – questioning the status quo<br />Brought up ‘under’ rollercoaster – states that he is “prone to exaggeration” has some trouble differentiating between fantasy and reality – hyperreality<br />Adult Alvy in class, talking about what happened at the time – anachronistic – playing with reality - rest of class talking as if in present, about time in class and what they ended up doing<br />
  9. 9. Run Lola Run (1998 Dir. Tom Tykwer) <br />A postmodern text never lets you forget that it is a highly constructed film using a particularly wide range of story-telling devices.<br />
  10. 10. Make notes on stylistic elements of postmodernism.<br />Look out for:<br /> <br />The film deliberately plays with narrative, delivering the same scenario 3 times, each with differing outcomes<br />The cinematic style includes animations, colour changes, whip pans (where the camera actually ‘whips’ sideways)<br />Crash zooms, suddenly focusing in and out<br />Experimental editing<br />It never lets you forget that it is a highly constructed film using a particularly wide range of story-telling devices.<br />

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