In the decades following World War II, the urge to define a distinct national filmmaking style was replaced by a growing cooperative and international spirit. New wave and experimental film movements emerged throughout the world. These cinematic “new waves” were often led by young filmmakers who rejected the films of older generations and looked to each other—regardless of national heritage—for new stylistic approaches to filmmaking. One common trait that new wave and postwar experimental filmmakers shared was a rejection of conventional (and commercial) use of film stylistic techniques.
In this second written assignment, compare two new wave or experimental films listed below and analyze how each film demonstrates a rejection of conventional uses of narrative, mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, or sound.
I recommend selecting one scene from each film and analyzing at least one of the stylistic elements listed above.
I also recommend making a screen capture (“screen cap” or “screengrab” or “screen shot”) of the scene you’re discussing so you can reference it writing your paper. You might also want to include the image in your paper so I can reference it, too.
Describe your scenes in detail and analyze how the stylistic device is used in this scene.
Your analysis should also consider the scene you selected in the context of the overall narrative of the film and the motivations of the filmmaker working in a particular national context or in a countercultural environment. Because this is a short assignment, you should avoid summarizing the plot of the film so that you may be detailed in your descriptions. Do not summarize the plot.
You don’t need to include any outside research for this assignment. But please remember to italicize the title of the films—don’t put the title in quotes.
Your paper should be about 1200 words in length and is due in class on the date specified on the syllabus. Please do not email me your paper. Bring a hard copy to class or deliver one to my mailbox.
The films you may analyze for this assignment are as follows: