FTV 6A: History of the American Motion Picture

You can use ClipNotes to learn and review the basics of film form, style, and analysis for FTV 6A: “History of the American Motion Picture.” The app is especially helpful for working on class papers that call for film analysis.

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FTV 6A: Films and Topics Available on ClipNotes

FilmXML FileDirectorYearFile DescriptionTerminology and Topics CoveredXML Author
CasablancaCasablanca-Instructional.xmlMichael Curtiz1942Instructional: Narrative ConstructionMotivation, Motif, Plot/Story, Diegesis, Temporal Order & Duration, Exposition, Narration, Depth/Range of InformationAndrew deWaard
Citizen KaneCitizenKane-Instructional.xmlOrson Welles1941Instructional: CinematographyDeep/Shallow Focus, Deep Space, Angle, Distance (EL/L/ML/M/MCU/CU/ECU)Bryan Wuest
Do The Right ThingDoTheRightThing-Instructional.xmlSpike Lee1989Instructional: Stylistic-Thematic AnalysisStylistic and thematic analysis of racial conflict in the film, looking at formal techniques such as doubling, long takes, motifs, and a stylized use of spaceAndrew deWaard
Footlight ParadeFootlightParade-Instructional.xmlLloyd Bacon1933Instructional: GenderSpectator In The Text, Omniscient Camera, Narrative Interruption, Objectification, Objectifying FramingDiana Dill
Mr. Smith Goes to WashingtonMrSmithGoesToWashington-Instructional.xmlFrank Capra1939Instructional: Interpretation and MeaningReferential Meaning, Explicit Meaning, Implicit Meaning, Symptomatic MeaningLindsay Giggey
On The WaterfrontOnTheWaterfront-Instructional.xmlElia Kazan1954Instructional: Class and GenreSubject vs. Theme, Labor Unions, Organized Crime, HUAC, Class and Education, Method Acting, Self-Interest Vs. Societal InterestMohannad Ghawanmeh
PsychoPsycho-Instructional.xmlAlfred Hitchcock1960Instructional: SoundDiegetic/Nondiegetic Sound, External/Internal, Sound Perspective, Synchronous/Asynchronous, Non-/simultaneous, On/Off-screenHeather Birdsall
Singin' In The RainSinginInTheRain-Instructional.xmlStanley Donen, Gene Kelly1952Instructional: EditingCut, Fade, Dissolve, Wipe, Graphic Match, Flashback, Overlapping Editing, Axis of Action/Center Line/180 Degree Line, Establishing Shot, Shot/Reverse Shot, Reestablishing Shot, Eyeline Match, Match on Action, Montage SequenceHeather Birdsall
StagecoachStagecoach-Instructional.xmlJohn Ford1939Instructional: GenreGenre Conventions, IconographyLindsay Giggey
SunriseSunrise-Instructional.xmlF.W. Murnau1927Instructional: Mise-en-scèneSetting, Prop, Costume, Make-Up, Staging, Lighting: Shadow (Cast/Attached), High-Key/low-KeyBryan Wuest
Sunset BoulevardSunsetBoulevard-Instructional.xmlBilly Wilder1950Instructional: Genre, Reflexivity, LightingOff-screen Space, Film Noir, Reflexivity, Black Comedy, Rear Projection, Low-Angle Shot, High-Angle Shot, Three-Point Lighting, Direct AddressMohannad Ghawanmeh
The Best Years of Our LivesTheBestYearsOfOurLives-Instructional.xmlWilliam Wyler1946Instructional: CinematographyCrane, Tracking Shot, Rack Focus, Pan, TiltDiana Dill
The GodfatherTheGodfather-Instructional.xmlFrancis Ford Coppola1972Instructional: Scene AnalysisThe New Hollywood, Immigration and the American Dream, Communicating Information Visually, Discretion and Secrecy, Production Design Informs About Narrative and Genre, Justice, Family and Succession to PowerMohannad Ghawanmeh
The SearchersTheSearchers-Instructional.xmlJohn Ford1956Instructional: Race and RepresentationRacism, Systemic Racism, “The Other”, Stereotypes, “Savage”, “Squaw” vs. “Pocahontas”, “Mexican” Stereotypes, “Redskin”, Miscegenation, Manifest Destiny, AssimilationHeather Birdsall and Karrmen Crey
VertigoVertigo-Instructional.xmlAlfred Hitchcock1958Instructional: Editing RelationsTemporal Relations, Spatial Relations, Graphic Relations, Rhythmic RelationsMohannad Ghawanmeh