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Avant-Garde Cinema (Oct. 14)

John Grierson, The Granton Fishing Trawler. 1934 (10 min.)

The Granton Fishing Trawler certainly gave the audience the feeling of being on a boat themselves.  There was plenty of emphasis on various objects through the use of close-up shots.  Grierson focus on ropes, nets, sails, and the fishermen themselves.  The reason why the viewer feels like their on the boat themselves is because typically the camera would remain stil, while the boat is rocking.  In this film, Grierson allowed the camera to rock with the boat, so it allowed for a more real feeling for the audience.

Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand,  Manhatta. 1921 (10 min.)

This is the first film in class I can remember actually offering a scenic landscape.  It really offers the true feeling of what it is like to live and work in Manhattan.  I have done if before, so I can truly feel the feeling of packs of people packed into pack of building. Manhattan is definitely the most crowded city in America, in my opinion.  The music was quite eerie throughout the film.  Although it was eerie, I thought it blended well with most of the film.  The shots involving the construction workers adding to the already packed building, by adding more buildings, resonated with me the most.

Dziga Vertov,  Man with a Movie Camera. 1929 (68 min.)

At first it was hard for me to determine how this film fits in the avant-garde genre.  In my opinion, it simply showed basic events in people’s everyday lives.  The film became more interesting to watch as it progressed.  I enjoy the slow motion scenes of the men doing various exercises.  Apart from that, Man with a Movie Camera appeared to be just what the title introduces it to be.  A man simply filming various people experiencing various events within their day.

Walther Ruttmann, Weekend. 1930 (11 min.)

Almost every sound you can imagine hearing in a city setting, you can definitely hear in this film.  In fact, it’s not even actually a real film, unless someone considers it a film of pure audio and audio only.  It is a breath of fresh air for the viewer’s sense.  Instead of using visual as a primary tool for observing a film.  The viewer must now use only their hearing.  It was pretty simple to follow the events in this audio film.  It was a nice change of pace.


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