Category Archives: Spring 2011

History for Cinema III is Back for Spring 2012

Pay no attention to the older entries on this course blog. This course blog will be relauching for the spring 2012 semester. Rather than being a blog for students to write film screening responses, this blog will instead feature analyses … Continue reading

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Response to Calandar

The last movie that was screened in class was Calendar by Atom Egoyan.  This film is about a photographer and his wife that travel to Armenia to take pictures of landmarks to be used in a calendar. While the two … Continue reading

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Calendar

Simliar to Sans Soleil, the concept of memories seems to come up when talking about Calendar.  While not nearly as frustrating or confusing as that film, Calendar is neverthless an ambiguous and somewhat hard to follow movie.  It is a … Continue reading

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Film Response 4: Calendar

The film Calendar is interesting and in a way organized in how we get all these different scenes yet we are able to follow through what the problem/ story behind these scenes is. Atom Egoyan directs and stars in this film … Continue reading

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Film Response 3: Sans Soleil

Sans Soleil, directed by Chris Marker, is one of the most complex and confusing films I have ever seen. “A unique meditation on time, memory and place… this nonlinear essay fuses the poetic narration of an unseen woman with kaleidoscopic … Continue reading

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Documentary Films We Didn’t Get to Watch

Since we didn’t have time to watch the two documentary films in class, the Internet has again come to the rescue. Here are links to the two films you can watch at your convenience. Prelude to War (Frank Capra) Rain … Continue reading

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Daisies

Daisies is a highly unusual film that gives true meaning to the term “art house”.  Released in 1966, it focuses on two girls, Marie I and Marie II, who ultimately decide they want to be spoiled after coming to the conclusion that … Continue reading

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Film Response 2: The Red and The White

The Red and the White is a 1967 film directed by Miklos Jansco was banned in the U.S.S.R for many years for its subject matter on the Russian Civil War. “Set in the hills along the Volga River during Russia’s … Continue reading

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The Red and The White (1968)

This 1968 politically film depicts the Russian (U.S.S.R) Civil War of 1919 between the Soviets (the Reds) and the Hungarians (the Whites).  Directed by Hungarian filmmaker, Miklós Jancsó, this film’s purpose was not that of narration and character identification but … Continue reading

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First Film Responses on New Hollywood Film is Now Closed

The Wednesday, March 2, deadline for the first film response has now passed. No responses posted after this point will be accepted or graded. Please post your second film response, which is due on Monday, March 7, on either Eastern … Continue reading

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Film Response-Dog Day Afternoon

Dog Day Afternoon directed by Sidney Lumet begins with scenery of Brooklyn and moves on to Sonny (Al Pacino) and Sal (John Cazale) talking quietly in a car before entering the bank. The movie proceeds with their attempt to rob … Continue reading

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Film Response for March 7: The Red, The White, or Daises

For your second blog assignment, please compose and entry on either The Red and the White or on Daisies which were prominent films during our class discussion on Eastern European cinema today. Your blog post on either film is due … Continue reading

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Chinatown (1974)

Chinatown is a neo-noir film, meaning its a modern genre of the classic film noirs. It was made in the midst of what is referred to as the American New Wave (New Hollywood). This period began in the mid to … Continue reading

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Chinatown (1974)

After immediately watching Chinatown (Polanski, 1974),  I was wondering how was this film considered “New Hollywood” because it did not seem that way to me.  It looked like a normal studio noir.  But after comparing the characteristics of “American New … Continue reading

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All the President’s Men – New Hollywood’s View of Watergate

   Alan J. Pakula gives a talky, political presentation in the Academy Award winning film All the President’s Men (1976). Based off the book (same name), about the story of Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward’s (played by Robert Redford) and later assigned … Continue reading

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Night and Fog event at the CUNY Grad Center

The English Program and the Film Studies Certificate Program Invite you to: Concentrationary Memories: The Politics of Representation March 3, 6:30-8:30PM CUNY Graduate Center Segal Theatre Following a screening of Night and Fog (Resnais, 1955) Prof. Griselda Pollock will present … Continue reading

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12 New Hollywood Films

Write about one of these twelve New Hollywood films for your first blog assignment, due on February 23. M*A*S*H (Robert Altman, 1970) Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (Martin Scorcese, 1974) Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1975) Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (Melvin Van … Continue reading

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How to Post A Film Response

To craft your Film Response, you should consider how the reading, the film, and the class material relate to each other. For example, if we’re watching a film made during the 1970s era known as “New Hollywood,” your response should … Continue reading

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History of Cinema III Coming Soon

Spring 2011 will be here soon, and the preparation for this class is well underway. Look for more information about this course on this site in the coming weeks. Be sure to enroll in this class through CUNYFirst for Spring … Continue reading

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