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Case studies.

Film - Burn after Reading, Sin City, Touching the Void.

TV - 24, On Thin Ice, The OC

Music - Britney Spears, Spice Girls, Radiohead

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Film - Background info.

Sin City - 2005, noir style based on Frank Millers Graphic Novel.

Burn After Reading - Coen brothers. Spy,thriller,comedy

Touching the Void - Expedition style documentary.

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Film - Genre

Sin City

Neo noir, Graphic novel, elements of Horror

Conventions :

  • Long Shadows
  • Red,Black,White
  • Urban Settings
  • Polluted
  • Corrupt characters
  • Prostitutes
  • Femme Fatale
  • Anti-Heroes
  • Rain
  • Cynism
  • Violence

Iconography :

  • Rain
  • Guns
  • 50's cars
  • Trench coats
  • Blood

Burn After Reading

Hybridity - mixture of genre elements. Thriller, Satirical Comedy.

  • Suspense
  • Action
  • Threat
  • Tongue in cheek comedy
  • Blackmail
  • Paranoia
  • Male vs. Female
  • Farce
  • Hightened Stereotypes

Setting - Washington, spy story involving CIA.

Iconography :

  • Spy cameras
  • Guns
  • Russian Diplomats
  • Gym

Big stars playing against character type.

Touching the Void -

Grieson - "The creative treatment of actuality". Drama documentary

Nicholls - exposition style. Bruzzi - documentary makers mix styles and audiences know they're constructs.

Conventions :

  • Talking heads/Interviews
  • Reconstuction
  • On screen text (Days)
  • No narrator
  • Music - build tension, set scene
  • Codes of realism - close ups of equipment, ice falling etc.
  • Moral Dilema
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Narrative

Sin City -

Multi stranded narrative, some crossovers. Voice over narration.Barthes Enigma code. Why has he killed her?.

That yellow ******* - Propp (Hartigan - Hero, Villain - Roark Jnr/Snr., Donor - police, Helper/false hero - Bob, Princess - Nancy, Dispatcher - Hartigan-lone wolf).

The hard goodbye - Voglers Hero's Journey

The Big Fat Kill - Todorov (Equilibrium - Dwight follows Jackie to old town, Disruption - Jackie killed, Recognition - Dwight finds Jackie is cop, Attempt repair - Dwight get rid of body in tar pits, Repair - Dwight & Prostitutes defeat mob & cops, Equilibrium - Dwight gets girl & Status Quo restored).

Levi Strauss Binary Oppositions - Good vs. Evil, Men vs. Women, Ugly vs. Beauty.

Burn After Reading -

Linear narrative. Fragmented - audience confusion. Todorov loosely works ( )

Barthes codes (

Touching the Void -

Traditional narrative. Documentary Drama

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