Name: Rachael D’cunha Class: TYBA Roll No: 171 UID: 131501 Reading the city as depicted in “Our appreciation reaches beyond pristine nature to our more mundane surroundings: the solitude of a neighbourhood park on a rainy evening, the chaos of a bustling morning marketplace, the view from the road” -Allen Carlson. Introduction: The power of the concept of ‘place’ in relation to humankind is commonly accepted by social commentators, philosophers and psychologists. Films not only present places as a backdrop to the action, but also, as characters of the narrative, which provides a level of emotional attachment for the viewer, especially when the setting is essential to the story. Filmic landscapes become landscapes of the mind giving in representations of viewer’s values and …show more content…
The viewer and the protagonist in the texts bring out strong emotional responses. While urban spaces have always been in numerous movies, rural landscapes have taken a centre stage in movies. These landscapes play an powerful role in the narrative and the hostile environment takes an active role in becoming a primary character. Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation (2003) is filled with familiar signifiers for an unfamiliar Japan: streets filled with neon pictographs, pop-star hipsters with multicoloured hair sporting synthetic fashions. Well known for its comedy the film from its western audience. The movie does not represent Tokyo impartially rather every image has a fresh quality of a first impression. The subject is not Tokyo itself but the western perception of Tokyo that is the story of two lonely Americans who aim onto the city and its people. In the movie
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In the book Learning to Bow, written by Bruce Feiler, Feiler is sent to Japan to teach Japanese students about American values, customs, and its language. Feiler discusses his life and teaching experience in Japan during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. In what became more of a learning lesson however, the author was able to understand what it truly meant to be Japanese. Feiler is better able to understand what it means to be Japanese through his immersion into Japanese society, as well as comparing his Americanized ideals with that of Japan. He is enabled through this immersion to better understand the vast similarities and differences between these two distant countries.
During the Second World War, many of those who came from Japanese descent were restricted from many freedoms that many others of different races had. Due to such a confinement, many felt conflicting attitudes in relation to such appalling events. Most notably seen in an excerpt from Joy Kogawa’s Obasan, through the author’s use of changes in point of view and figurative language, the complex attitude of pride, yet shame in the Japanese culture is revealed. The first section of this text reveals an interesting perspective through the use of first person plural point of view.
Discovery is an intrinsic part of the human condition, which leads to a process of unravelling the truth, often transfiguring an individuals perceptions of themselves and the world. Discovery is conceptually underpinned by new perspectives, which create new meanings of acceptance. As such, the core text directed by Simon Nasht ‘Frank Hurley - The Man Who Made History’ features the life and works of Frank Hurley, as Nasht uses his observation form of documentary to takes the audience on Hurley’s expedition, encapsulating his change in perception through the catalyst of the natural world and his own self-discovery. In correspondence, Jordan Roberts’ coming of age film ‘Kings of Summer’ explores the hurdles of three teenage boys in their aim
In the documentary “The ten Town That Changed America” Geoffrey Baer illustrates the evolution of ten popular cities of the 21st century America. Done in chronological order, the documentary explores how these US cities were developed by visionary citizens who combined, urban planning, design, and architecture to change the way people lived. According to the documentary, these planners had passion and great insights for urban development, although driven by different inspirations and motivations. But one thing was central to these people: to build an environment that would change the way people live in America.
Cities can be bustling centers of opportunities; however, they can tear apart a person’s hopes and dreams. Writer, Ann Petry, in her novel, The Street, depicts a woman, Lutie Johnson, trying to find a place to rent out, but struggles due to the impenetrable city winds. Her purpose is to showcase how certain individuals have the ability to fight the barriers in their ruthless environment in order to succeed. Through the use of imagery, personification, and selection of detail, Petry depicts how Lutie Johnson tries to adapt to the harsh conditions of the city. Petry begins the selection by depicting the winds as an intrusive force.
With an emphasis on particular regions and people, the charming characteristics of Regionalism influence modern artwork. Although modern texts focus on plot and larger “truths,” artworks in the 21st century contain elements of Regionalism. Modern works, such as the documentary film Rich Hill, aim to uncover a universal truth between us; however, contemporary pieces continue to embody the foundations of Regionalism. Although Rich Hill discusses the impact of extreme poverty, the documentary focuses on three young characters and their hometown. Although true Regionalism cannot be found in popular culture, contemporary pieces contain similar characteristics with Regionalist pieces, such as “Jim Smiley and his Jumping Frog” and “The Luck of Roaring Camp.”
Student Name: Shornaiter Richards Student Identification Number: AC1207313 Course Number & Title: AR300 Art History Assignment Number & Title: AR300C Assignment 08 Date of Submission: 26/08/2015 Assignment: Part A 1. Read the following article and analyze the expert’s opinion that art can be a generator of “identity” for a community, and examine what is meant by the statement that “public art ‘humanizes’ cities.” Haley, C. (2014, Mar 14).
Sophia Coppola’s way of bringing the main characters, played by Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, together in Lost in Translation show the dependency on globalization in the consumer market. Both individuals are American, but are drawn to Tokyo for work revolving around product promotion, whether it was their own or their significant others. Bob Harris was there to sell a local whiskey product; Charlotte was accompanying her husband who was a photographer shooting on location. None of the Americans involved in the work had a personal connection to the products or the Japanese Market, but were paid to promote either the product or the location used in each shoot.
It has been argued by Kaes, that the director of Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grossstadt, successfully manages to ‘construct a text which makes this nexus become readable’. Moreover, the very first shot in Berlin is of open calm water, which Kaes argues is designed to deliver an impression of tranquillity and the natural organic state. Essentially it is a momentary position of calm before the onset of the frenetic urban environment. In other words, Ruttmann’s film is an allegorical impression of an immigrant’s journey of displacement, from the known rural world, into the pulsating unknown world of the metropolis of Berlin. We know that it is a one-way journey of deliverance because that movie does not offer a return train ride back to the familiar
An extract I have chosen is taken from Ethan and Joel Coen’s film Fargo and I am going to analyze it in terms of its geographical, social and economic context and then focus on how it uses cinematography, critical reception, editing, genre codes and conventions, mise-en-scene, narrative structure, and sound to convey meaning according to filmmaker’s intentions, vision and their influences. Fargo is a reality-based crime drama set in Minnesota in 1987. The Coens made this snowbound film noir about a mundane crime story reportedly based on real events. This idea brings them close “to everyday life and ordinary people” (Maslin). The geographics of the frozen north brings out some atypical warmth in the film makers, although the film is
Aspects of Berlin are diametrically dilated somehow, where spaces also becomes the embodiment of a much larger, more complicated headway. Decimated buildings, which behave as transitory fixatives and as visual duality to a distant time, are either anthropomorphized or romanticized through an aesthetic that pampers to a warping of
As the nature of Dublin changed and grew into a modern, urban city many filmmakers attempted to leave behind the rural and backward image previously associated with Ireland (McLoone, 2007). What resulted were films in that depicted a liberal, metropolitan, hedonistic and attractive depiction of Dublin. Examples of this are About Adam (2000), Goldfish Memory (2003) and Intermission (2003). In an attempt to abandon the strict Catholic values of the old Ireland, these films veer towards a cool and hip representation that are light in tone and deliberately irreverent in their humour (McLoone, 2007). Although glamorous, these depictions of Dublin are superficial and false.
The independent, callow woman carefully opened the door of her new one-bedroom apartment. The view she had from the empty, sixth-floor loft was a small park between 13th Avenue and Spring Street. She would live right around the corner of what she called paradise, Soho; a place burgeoned with inspiration, artists, designers, and young entrepreneurs. She would now become part of the city; she would walk those streets and eventually become someone. After a first long night unpacking, she sat in a small café right across the street and drank a cup of tea.
As the car was in motion on the way to where I would be staying I rolled the window down. Something other than the tall green grasses and canopy trees caught my attention. I finally started to see some scattered buildings, hotels, and restaurants. The city started to seem more urbanized, that wasn 't the only infrastructure that I saw, more was yet to come. As we went deeper into the rural areas the buildings disappeared and the sidewalks started to become more deteriorated.
A little town in the middle of nowhere is often seen as just a small backward little place. It does depend, however, on what such a place offers to those living there. For those who grow up in such a small place the treasures are endless. This is the place where you learn most of life’s lessons, if not all of them. Having grown up in a town that was really a compact city, made the greatest impression on my life.