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Beach House (Screen Society screening)

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

On November 1st, I went the screening of Beach House directed Jason Saltiel and written/produced by Matt Simon both Duke alumni. The movie was about a college aged girl who was a writer. She complained to her parents about having nothing to write about because her life was boring. She spends her summer at her […]

Technical Ideologies

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

The technical way a film is produced effects the way an audience perceives that presumed message of the film. Whether it be the type of film, camera or other technical aspect, a film can alter the perception and experience of a viewer. In Russian Ark, one long shot is used in order for the audience […]

Political Cinema

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Political cinema seems to be a blanket term for many of the movies we have watched over the course of class. From Killer of Sheep to A Single Man to The Conversation to Hail, Caesar, there was always a political or social message that the filmmakers wanted to the viewers to receive from the movie. […]


Thursday, November 15th, 2018

In Killer of Sheep by Charles Burnett, the viewer is taken into a realm of life that is unfamiliar to some. The late 70’s in LA with a Black family is foreign but what creates the compelling story is the clips of children playing in the streets. This is a universal activity for children no […]

French New Wave

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

In Cleo from 5 to 7, directed by Agnes Varda, gives a unique take on the perception and purpose of women, specifically the internalization of these messages by women. Cleo is a self obsessed, narcissistic women who is charmed by her own beauty. Although she is ill, she claims that her beauty is her health. […]

Radical Adaptations

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

As a fan of the graphic novel Persepolis, the movie adaptation does not disappoint. Everything down to the illustrations are identical and nothing is lost in the movie. I think this speaks to the importance of having the creator of the source material being involved in the making of the adaptation. This insures that the […]

Documentary Film

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

The medium of documentary is something that I thought I was very familiar with. However, the exploration of films like In The Streets and Citizenfour represent a new aspect of documentaries. The poetic nature of In The Street created a similar feeling to an avant-garde piece in that there is no clear plot or narrative but […]

Avant-garde Films

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

While experimental films are meant to not be categorized into genres, having sub-genres of the larger avant-garde genre makes it easier to grasp the purpose of each film. Maya Deren’s Meshes of the Afternoon creates an impossible and frustrating portrayal of a dream, fitting it in to the surrealist sub-genre. The repetition of scenes and motifs […]

The Conversation

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

The Conversation provokes feelings of guilt and paranoia that are only enhanced by the sounds the movie is set too. The most interesting aspect of sound in the film is the diegetic sound. The tapes played over and over again, the tv, the jazz music and so much more add to Harry Cauls impending sense […]

Altered States

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

In La Jetée, the illusions of memories are captured with the use of only still images edited together to create a narrative. The way to images create a story portray the idea of memories in a way in which everyone can relate. Memories come back in the way of still images with no context and […]

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