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"Postmodern media manipulate time and space". To what extent does this definition apply to texts youhave studied?Define postmodern media with examples.FilmDrive Inglourious Basterds Kill List
Big City (LA)
 –
seemsempty
Minimal characters
Modern day
Gangster/crime film
 –
 pizzeria
 –
stereotypicalItalian hang out
Retro stylecharacters/music/setting
Stylized characters
No emotion
Slow motion
80s style music
Lack of dialogue
All surface and no depth(Baudrillard)
Grand Theft Auto
Maps
Night time
Sinister
 –
psychopath
No stereotypes
What is his motivation/ what does he do?
Irene
 –
unansweredquestions
 –
 
doesn‘t look
like a criminals wife
Grease
 –
Drain location
Lighting used is idyllic
 –
 like a family (car and liftscene)
Lack of sex
 –
are theylovers?
Font
 –
 
pink 80‘s style –
 Vice City GTA
Urban sprawl (BladeRunner 1982) RidleyScott
Like GTA
 –
playground -vulnerable
City is used forcharacters
 –
shallow andoppressive
 –
its offerslittle comfort and noescape
80s style music
 –
 synthesiser
 –
chromatics
 –
kavinsky feat lovefoxxx
 –
desire
 –
cliffmartinez
Utopian aspect
 –
link tothe kid fitting in with the
Intertextuality
 –
Chapter 1
 –
 Sound of Music
 –
structuresnarrative
 –
scenery makes itclear that it is a film
 –
 
‗Onceupon a time‘ (fairy
-tale ofWW2)
 –
unreal/fantasy(hyperreality)
Spaghetti western andBlaxploitation music
Farmhouse windows
 –
 scenery
 –
painted/CGI?
 –
 self reflexive
 –
refers toitself as a text
Comparison of pipes attable - humour
Yellow text
 –
commonconvention
Classical/western musicmixed
Language change
 –
Frenchto English
 –
playing with ourexpectations
Jews hidden under thefloorboards
 –
exposes set
Fake backdrops
Beams in ceiling
 –
clearly aconstruction
 –
making itclear that it is a film
Shot of door
 –
TheSearchers 1956
 –
 Shoshanna running away
 –
 
John Ford‘s iconic scene
 
Chapter 2
 –
 
Brad Pitt‘
shumorous accent isexaggerated
 –
Tennessee
 –
 hard to take seriously (OTT)
His body language is verydominant and confident
 –
 facial expressions
Hitler parody
 –
angry
 –
OTTdepiction
 –
pathetic
 –
 wearing a cape and havingportrait painted
Hugo Stiglitz scene
 –
 Samuel L Jackson narratesvoiceover
Link to Kill Bill
 –
text/deaths
Link to spaghetti westernfilms
 –
scalping
 –
on a stick
British stereotypes
 –
MikeMyers, MichaelFassbender, Rod Taylor
 –
 
Camera is alwaysone step ahead
Whistle music
Disjointednarrative (no story)
Slow motion
 –
 creates tension
Stylised murders
Text on screen
Looking at thecamera
 –
breakingthe fourth wall
Masks
 –
 intertextual toother horror films
Zombies
 –
 unexpected
Bricolage
 –
blackcomedy/horror
Change inlanguage
 –
 unusual
Flashbacks
Yellow/orangecolours
Unsteady camera
Forest
Mirrors
 –
horrorconvention
Theme of fire
No closure
 –
 
‗trap‘
 
Sword fight
 –
 significant toending
Sound and imageoverlaps
Black cat
Classical music
Only onesoundtrack
The Client
 –
villain
 –
 
feel like you‘re
being watched
Murders get moregraphic
Smile before death
Burnt picture
Burnt librarian
Dead animals
Kettle boiling
Sinister girl waving
 
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family
 –
standardseemingly accepts this(unusual)
The film has a utopian(idyllic) heart
 –
scenes litwith golden hue
 –
fairy-tale
The city and thecharacters are dystopian
 –
the kid is responsiblefor the deaths ofstandard and Shannon
The kid is a hero
 –
 saved Irene and Benicio(the only innocent ones)
 –
leaves the moneysecuring
Irene‘s
safety
 –
 he is defending himself
and Irene and isn‘t
a hitman or a hired gunman
Villain
 –
 
the kid‘s fault
that standard is dead
 –
 Irene is left a widow andBenicio is fatherless
The K
id isn‘t a flawless
Hollywood conventionalhero
He is a criminal
 –
 getaway drive for villains
Counter intuitive casting
Psychopathic traits
 –
 very angry
Lack of dialogue
 –
 
don‘t
know anything about him
 –
he is quiet because heis so insular, dark violentand psychopathic
 –
 could be seen as amasculine trait
No reaction
Human life seeminglyworthless
Film extended for 21
st
 century existence?
 –
 issues of masculinity andurban living
Masculinity
 –
power
 –
 Nino seems irrelevant
 –
 roles
 –
provide, protect,comfort
Hyperreal
Deserted city
 –
no-onenotices murders
Police are irrelevant
Lift scene
 –
self reflexive
 –
slow motion and lightchanges
 –
drawsattention to the film as atext
 –
introducescame out of retirement (noSAG card)
 –
Tarantinoadmired his work
Text on screen informingaudience of characters
 –
 Goebbels
Cutaway scene showingGoebbels having sex withhis interpreter
Electric guitar fromBlaxploitation track used asa motif
Spaghetti western musicused in Bear Jew scene,Hugo Stiglitz scene, firstscene in the Alps as PerrierLaPedite awaits the arrivalof the Germans
Music sets different tone
 –
 older war films have lessmusic
Popular culture referencesrelevant to the time that thefilm was set
 –
includes whateveryone is talking about
The British publicinformation film aboutnitrate film
 –
Samuel LJackson voiceover
Michael Fassbender
 –
link toNoel Coward (In Which WeServe) witty
 –
opposite toAmericans (Aldo Raine)
Intertextuality
 –
SergeantYork 1941
 –
Zoller
Foot fetish in cinema
Bowie soundtrack
 –
CatPeople
 –
 
music 80‘s –
 Shoshanna getting readyfor premiere
POV changes
 –
less biased
 –
develop relationship withcharacters
Glamorised war
 –
moredramatic
Killings are stylised(hyperreal)
 
Music doesn‘
t fit
Shoshanna
 –
femme fatale
 –
dressed in red
 –
villain?
 –
 Frederick in white
 –
good
 –
 hero?
 –
unexpectedshooting
 –
slow motion(extends death)
 –
Romeoand Juliet (unrequitedromance) birds eye shot
 –
 contrapuntal music
 –
playswith reality and image
Consistent immaculate
 –
relevant
Fats forwarded
 
‗cogs‘ –
 reconstruction
Gathering,chanting, zombies
 –
Hot Fuzz
Crowd clap whengirl is hung,zombies, chasedin tunnel
 –
TheDescent
Moon lit sky
 –
 horror convention
Hunchback
 –
slowmotion and ending
Religion
Symbol
Camera isunflinching
 –
 whether you wantto watch or not
Intertextuality
 –
 Masks (Scream,Silence of theLambs) Change inlanguage (Shel)The Descent(Tunnel) Hot Fuzz(ending) Slowmotion (swordfight) text onscreen (victims)The Sopranos (hitmen) villains (TheClient and Saw)
‗2musketeer‘s
,Down Terrace
 –
 gruesome murders
Homage
 –
TheDescent
Bricolage
 –
blackcomedy and horror
Reoccurringnightmares
Hyperreality
 –
girlwaving, zombies,gruesomemurders, laughing,familyenvironment,argument,unansweredquestions
Fragmentation
 –
 society andidentity
 –
 economic issues
 –
 no background
 
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emotion
 –
genuine
 –
 human aspect (tender)
 –
 music fades whenviolence begins
Kid has no physicalinteraction with Benicio
 –
 strange
 
Baudrillard
 –
simulacraand simulation - currentsocietyhas replaced allreality and meaning withsymbolsandsigns,and that human experienceis of a simulation ofreality
‗like a movie‘
- wecannot separate theimage from the 'reality'
 
Violence: A History OfViolence (2005) Dir.David Cronenburg- Thestyle of violence isreminiscent to that inDrive. It is visceral andbrutal. Is it real orhyperreal?
 
 
literalness vs.figurativeness - modernGrimm fairytale
 
 
music ideas pioneeredby European electronicbands, such asKraftwerk
 –
 
retro 80‘s
style music - A RealHero
 –
College feat.Electric Youth
 –
CliffMartinez
 –
I Drive
 
 
appearance
The Good The Bad and TheUgly 1966
 –
Sergio Leone
 –
 Tarantino uses similar shotsto the forest and cellarscene
 
Blaxploitation 1970‘s –
 African/American audience(mainstream)
 –
Shaft (2000)
 –
urban setting and revenge
Odessa Steps BattleshipPotemkin
 –
pram rollingaway/ shot in eye
Where Eagles Dare (1968)
 –
 
 joy of killing Nazi‘s
 
Levi Strauss
 –
bricolage
 –
 addition (Blaxploitation,Fairytale) Deletion
 –
 common war conventions(journey, fear, emotion,human frailty) Substitution
 –
 yellow text, title, DavidBowie Transposition
 –
TheSearchers, SpaghettiWestern, framing , changesend of war
Jacques Derrida
 –
hybrid(text with more than onegenre) black comedy andwar
Gerard Genette
 –
 transtextuality.Intertextuality,architextuality,metatextuality,hypotextuality
John Fiske
 –
SPR is what
you‘d expect –
IB isdifferent
 –
is audience ofunaware of war they candistinguish good and badcharacters
 –
all knowledgecomes from other films andmedia
No emotion
 
Hans Landa‘s
intelligenceand language knowledge -premiere
True Romance 1993,Inglorious Bastards 1978,The White Hell of Pitz Palu ,Mitchell and Webb /Nazis,
Van Johnson and Nation‘s
Pride, Slaughter by BillyPreston (Introducescharacters)
 –
 
The Devil‘s
Rumble by Davie Allen andThe Arrows
Disjointed narrativeinfo.
 –
strain onrelationship
Electronic
Chants
Screaming
Animal noises
ReconstructionmeansreorganisingChristian churches
Victims thank Jay
All of cult knoweach other
 –
HotFuzz
 –
librarianhas pictures ofpartners at firstmurder
Jay for Jesus?
 –
 the chosen one
 –
 crowned in ending
Cut on hand
doesn‘t heal
 
Fiona picks Sheland her target isher son
 –
 Hunchback
 –
clientpicks Jay sohappier than Fiona
Race to be knownas the chosenone?
Scenes do not link
John Fiske
 –
TheDescent
 –
relate tothings we haveseen
Levi Strauss
 –
 addition, deletion,substitution,transposition
Talcott Parsons
 –
 society has astructure
 –
thefamily has nostructure
 –
 financial issues,Jay out of work for8 months
Jacques Derrida
 –
 black comedy/ horror
 –
abstractthemes to focus on
Baudrillard
 –
 mislead by thingsthat appear to bereal but are not
 –
 unansweredquestions
Feels like a dream

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