Cinema and postmodernism
ECTS Credits : 2Duration : 24 hours
Semester : S7
Person(s) in charge :
Laurent Jullier, Professor, email@example.com
Prerequisites : None
Understand the post-modern style's dominance in today's global cinema economy
Program and contents :
Since Star Wars (1977), a type of cinema called “postmodern” has come to the screen. This cinematographic style is the product of a double crisis, that of the classic figures of a story and how they are depicted, and that of Modernity, which tries to find solutions the former.
A parallel revolution also took place in the spectator’s behavior. Fun and cool (if not trash) have also become dominating values, and what we expect of a film and a cinema is no longer what we expected thirty years ago. The internet has also changed the way we buy and create: thousands of amateur films are now at our disposition. Why such a change? How and why are certain films cult objects? How have film critics supported this evolution?
To answer these questions, we need to look at esthetics, philosophy and the history of
Session 1. Postmodernism: what is it? Answer is given through visual aids. Literarity and the roots of “moi”. Degrees of enunciation. The fall of the Great Narratives. A liquid world. Elements of queer theory.
A word on evaluation
Students following this option are required to produce a piece of personal work of a minimum of 10 pages on a subject relating to postmodernism (in the form of a dissertation), or to present a certain object (film, book, cartoon strip, advert, video, video game, clothes collection, furniture...) as regards its postmodern aspects (in the form of an analysis)
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