ARTH 260 * Introduction to Art History * Professor Sarah Benson * Spring 2005
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imagesUnit 1: week 1 | week 2 | week 3 | week 4
Unit 2: week 5 | week 6 | week 7 | week 8
Unit 3: week 10 | week 11 | week 12
blackboardsection: week 2 | week 3 | week 4 | week 5 | week 6 | week 7 | week 8 | week 10 | week 11 | week 12 | week 13
paper 1 | paper 2 | paper3 | journal
online resourcesCornell Library | Grove Dictionary of Art | Encyclopaedia Britannica | Oxford Dictionary of Art | Oxford Companion to Western Art | Oxford Dictionary of Architecture | History of Art Dept. | Cornell Homepage
Due: paragraph stating theme of PAPER 3 and preliminary list of works you plan to include
Industry, individuality, and hilarity in Modern Times
Complete the readings, view your assigned clip, and write up your analysis of it in your journal along with your answers to the questions below. You should also bring to section your completed handout from the movie screening. All analysis and answers must be in your own words.
Movie clips are available on the Blackboard site under "Course Documents."
1) According to MOLYNEAUX, what are the social problems that CHAPLIN takes on in Modern Times ? What was the response to the film of people from across the political spectrum?
2) What new locations and types of person did the sound films of the 1930s bring to the screen? Which of these do we see in Modern Times and how are they represented?
Analysis of film clip:
For a model of how to read a film sequence, see MOLYNEAUX, pp. 110-111, paragraphs 3-4. In these passages, MOLYNEAUX analyzes editing and montage, the content of each shot, and the soundtrack in order to interpret the part of the film in which the Tramp leaves the hospital. You can view the sequence that MOLYNEAUX discusses on our Blackboard site under "Course Documents."
1) List each shot in your clip.
2) Analyze how you think the sequence works, what its messages are, and the reactions it might elicit in the audience. Is there a clear moral or message? How does CHAPLIN use editing and action within shots to set up comedy, suspense, surprise, or social commentary? How does this sequence relate to images and messages elsewhere in the movie? How does it relate to the history of industry, labor, domesticity, consumerism, and mass culture (for example) as we have discussed them so far this semester?
Read more about these terms:
auter (Concise Oxford English Dictionary)
montage (World Encyclopedia)
* STOKSTAD , AH , "Modernism in Europe Between the Wars," "Utilitarian Art Forms in Russia," "Rationalism in the Netherlands," pp. 1048-1053; "Suppression of the Avant-Garde in Germany," "Dada," "Surrealism," 1059-1066
* MOLYNEAUX, "Modern Times and the American Culture of the 1930s"