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May 13, 2010

The Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Filed under: Uncategorized —— adamspilke @ 11:10 pm

The Invasion of the Body Snatchers is one of the most memorable movies in cinema history. Once you have seen this movie from begining to end, i find it very hard for you to EVER forget this movie. This 1955 science fiction thriller was about a city in California that has been invaded by seeds that have drifted onto planet earth from deep outer space. these seeds would then replace sleeping humans with perfect physically fit duplicates retaking their place in society as we know it. These seeds would only live for five years and cannot sexually reproduce. if they are stopped from this they will extremely quickly turn Earth into a dead planet and move onto the next world. The body Snatchers is a very good piece of cinema to be viewed in this kind of history of cinema class. This movie has many influential and crucial characteristics that have been discussed throughout the year and the fact that it is a science fiction movie makes it all that much better. “We’ve all heard that this movie is political allegory, and it certainly meets all the criteria. However whether it’s railing against communist infiltration or McCarthyist witch-hunts I’ve never really been sure – perhaps it’s both.” society. It’s quite possible the director intentionally aimed for this ideological ambiguity to appeal to different perspectives – the only thing that is clear is that Invasion of the Body Snatchers most assuredly reflects the political climate from which it sprang. All in all, through all of the symbolism, and other movie characteristics, The Invasion of the Body Snatchers was a great movie (i dont like saying movies are better than just good) and helped breakthrough the science fiction genre and helped mold future cinema as we know it today!


Filed under: Uncategorized —— adamspilke @ 10:53 pm

The new wave cinema was coined by many critics of a group of French filmmakers in the 1950’s and 60’s who were influenced by Italian Neorealism. The movies featured unprecedented methods of expression including long tracking shots. These movies featured existential themes, such as stressing the individual and the acceptance of the absurdity of human existence. Many of the New Wave films had very limited budgets and their works reflected this. However this is what seperated and made it “different” from every other sense of cinema. The cinematic stylings of French New Wave brought a new look to movies with improvised speach, rapid changes of scene and shots.

April 29, 2010

from critiquing to being critiqued

Filed under: Uncategorized —— adamspilke @ 9:06 pm

John Luc Godard is one of the founding members of the French New Wave of Cinema. French New Wave Cinema was a term for a group of French filmmakers in the 50’s and 60s who were influenced by Italian Neorealism and even some classical Hollywood Cinema when creating their films with distinct film techniques and effects that would keep face and remain for filmmaking.

John Luc Godard was originally a critic of films before he starting making them and trying to perfect them. He even says in his first answer in the interview that most critics see themselves as “future directors” anyway. The line of the whole interview that stook with me the most was, “As a film-critic i thought myself as a filmmaker and as a filmmaker i see myself as a critic.” This statement is just so amazing to me. As a professional in the filmmaking industry, you really have to put yourself in someone else’s shoes to basically do your job i see it.

Godard’s often considered the most extreme or radical of the New Wave filmmakers. Many of his films he created have strong political views and ideologies in them along with a great deal of history. “Expression is everything” and its my goal to express to the audience onto the screen. After reading and brushing up on Godard’s life and influence, i am very excited to check out other works of his and see how his ideas on his biography and interview are portrayed onto the screen.


Filed under: Uncategorized —— adamspilke @ 8:48 pm

In my opinion, Vertigo is Alfred Hitchcock’s best film bare NONE! He has made films like Mr. and Mrs. Smith (romantic comedy) and film noir’s like Shadow of a Doubt, and movies like The Birds, Psycho, and North by Northwest. however, Vertigo is a CLASSIC! Hitchcock’s films sometimes feature characters struggling in their relationships and with some sort of psychological problem and Hitchcock uses this to his advantage as a filmmaker and to get and draw the audiences attention to the film. Hitchcock’s supposed dislike of actors has been exaggerated. Hitchcock simply did not tolerate the method approach, as he believed that actors should only concentrate on their performances and leave work on script and character to the directors and screenwriters.

Vertigo is the psychological study of a desperate and insecure man’s twisted “psych” and loss of equilibrium. The obsession and love and value in this film are all so strong in this piece, it truly is moving. Death and love are developed so well by Hitchcock in this picture and psyche behind it is so amazing. Sigmund Freud would be very proud of this film.

April 9, 2010

The Body Snatchers

Filed under: Uncategorized —Tagged — adamspilke @ 11:17 am

I have seen this film many times before the screening in cinema history class. I find it very “interesting.” I cannot even tell if I myself enjoy the film, like the film, or dislike the film. Having that being said, the style of the cinema, the inner meaning of the plot, and quality of the filmmaking are excellent. The science-fiction genre and Dr. Bennell bring a lot to the film. Through this the audience can get a semi-sense that the film could be based around the cold war scare/paranoia. My favorite scene of the film was towards the very end when Bennell screams right at the screen “They’re here already! You’re next! You’re next! I feel that that scene is perfect for a history of cinema class.

April 8, 2010


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Douglas Sirk was a very powerful and famous German film director. Many of his films tended to be Hollywood Melodramas . Melodramas were extremely dramatic episodes which incorporated music with a dramatic issue strategically filmed.

Sirk really made his name with Universal-International Pictures. There, Sirk would first turn to the melodramatic style of cinema. These melodramas that Sirk would film were considered to have little importance and not have significant issues being portrayed. The last part of the interview where Sirk discuses “failure” is magnificent. He differentiates from the popular neo-romantic failure who advocate beauty and failure but goes into his own methods and ideas of failure are (being no exit/ending). Sirk would then discuss a style of cinema where the audience will see the ending first and the different types of suspense and/or anti suspense this tactic contains. The audience will pay more attention to the “how” instead of the “what” is happening. A very interesting and unpopular style of cinema, but personally, i love the tactic.

March 19, 2010

Yasujiro Ozu

Filed under: Uncategorized —— adamspilke @ 9:22 am

Ozu’s filmmaking career is divided into two different halves according to Nick Wrigley, being divided by World War II. His earlier movies were primarily Hollywood melodramas or “to flirt with farce.” After World War II, Ozu’s films were very simple and “renounces almost all known film grammar.” This was more common in countries outside of the United States because of the intense influence the government had on cinema. Even though this is how the world worked back then and even some today, it tears down the fundamental characteristics of “pure” cinema in my opinion. Political propaganda and influence should NOT be present in cinema. It takes away so much of the filmmakers visions and Asian culture had that kind of influence on Ozu. According to Donald Richie, Ozu’s films were a sense of “a point of view of sympathetic sadness.” Many of Ozu’s films portray what should be possible as if it were possible! Which is a very difficult task to perform.

March 12, 2010

cinema at home

Filed under: Uncategorized —— adamspilke @ 12:56 pm

No one came out of World War II better than America. The U.S. came out of this war as a world powerhouse and “prosperous country”. They took the role as superpower; helping their allies and even former enemies like the USSR. In the 1930s people came to the movies as a means to escape the harsh realities of what was going on around them; in the 1940s and after the war, film/cinema took more of a “realistic” tone. Many pro-war and success stories about the war that just took place were put on display as a sense of nationalism and just good cinema. Independent films and cinemas began to rise in these times as well. Smaller budgets often independent of the studio corporation. The rise of blockbusters started to come after World War II as well, and this movement would change cinema for the rest of history. Thus is such in todays day of film as well. Cinema changed drastically over the years and especially after world events like World War II!

March 11, 2010

War and Cinema

Filed under: Uncategorized —Tagged — adamspilke @ 1:48 pm

In the early 1930s and 1940s the government had the most control over cinema ever. Left and right dictatorships would control it and use cinema as a form of propaganda. In my eyes, this is disgusting. Cinema is a beautiful thing, and the government was absolutely ruining it by pounding messages and influences your way. This time was a very important movement in terms of cinema, World War II, Socialism, “realism” were all in the back of everyones minds, as well as invasion of countries like Italy, Germany, and Russia; and this all would effect the cinema and kinds of movies that were being made. Maybe the most influenced were the Germans. With their feeling of embarrassment in losing World War I, Hitler and his party made sure that cinema during this time would support their troops and try and bring nationalism they’re way ONLY! I am posting a clip of German Cinema during this era and we see how powerful and almost “perfect” Hitler is portrayed and how strong germany truly is as a country.

February 25, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized —— adamspilke @ 9:46 pm

In Robert L. Carringers, “Orson Welles and Gregg Toland: Their Collaboration on ‘Citizen Kane’” the author goes into great detail on Welles and his influence in Citizen Kane. We find out that Welles always felt like he was always an “individual author” and different from everyone else in that sense. We find out the opinion of this classic/influential movie was probably “forced-developed”. This method would change the whole outlook of the movie. This article written by Carringer was very detailed and informative however very thick and not easy to obtain all info that is trying to be told. The information though rich, might be a little bit TOO in-depth.

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