Friday, December 20, 2013

New Era


It’s hard to name this era of film. The main reason why, is because too many changes within short period of time have happened.

At first, I want explore the fact how many studios got closed. 2 big companies control everything. We have big 6 of film studios, when a couple of years ago we had a dozen of them. It’s hard to judge, but all money comes out and comes back to those 2 companies now, only multiplied by a big number. You’d ask, is it fair? It’s not, but nobody cares as we’re in the age where Internet and advertising business have a power to achieve almost everything. New technologies and its cost is what make the biggest difference. Spectacles amaze people and have the biggest effect on the society. That is why the market is filled with unrealistic production? Let’s look what we can see in the cinema tonight: 6 of 10 movies going to be about either superheroes or fantasy themed.

Another big thing and what makes this era so distinguishable is social network. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Youtube – are things that youth cannot imagine their lives without. These portals are places where changes happen – new things are being changed by another ones. Places where info is shared within every mili-second. When one second you with your production can become a big hit and another nobody knows about you. This is what changes our lives and media. When a Youtuber becomes an occupation, when a blogger becomes world-wide known celebrity – this is our Era. Internet is the key answer.

In addition to that was talked in that documentary about piracy. It’s already become a big thing. One click and movie is on your laptop within minutes. Can it be called a theft? We could say that – but overall nobody gets hurt materially except for those 2 big companies who also share the same stuff online usually for free (Youtube music videos for example)

Overall, internet is alive only for about 20 years. It’s just a start. Everything is still going to develop and change. We can watch that becoming a reality and try to guess what’s going to be in the future.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

REVISED

The Bicycle Thief, 1948 Italian neorealistic film, that mainly explores what economic troubles that Italy had to face at that time. Antonio, the main protagonist is an unemployed man, who gets a chance to get a job as a poster man. However, there is one requirement: he needs to have a bike. This one very clear momen truly shows the main idea/economical struggle: Antonio’s wife collects things from home, they have sell it for him to get that dreamed bicycle. Sadly, Antonio didn’t have an opportunity to enjoy new bike and job  for long,  because one day his bicycle was stolen.
   
The main thing, that distinguishes Italian Neorealism from other movements is the fact that in many films people who acted were not professional actors. They usually had jobs that were similar to the ones their characters had. This explains why actors’ performances in the Bicycle Thief were so real and persuasive. Also, neorealism movies were often shot on the actual locations. It was cheaper, but not easier to shoot, because filmmakers had to adapt to the environment and conditions that were on those locations. 
   
In the second act, that starts when the bicycle is stolen, we truly start to see drama. The struggle that Antonio and his family have to overcome, when he does not have a bike. What it basically meant was that he was once again unemployed. Antonio and son start to search for the bicycle, however their attempts are not successful. One of the richest moments of the movie is when Antonio takes his son out for dinner. They eat, but at the same times they stare at the family, which seems to be very affluent and then Antonio starts to talk about what the stolen bicycle basically means for the first time and explains how much money they could have had if he still had his job.

The last part of the movie is all about desperation, because Antonio decides to steal a bike. The attempt is also unsuccessful and he is caught, however his son kind of saves him as the owner of the bike sees the desperation on child’s face and let them go.
The ending of the film is not clear. We are left with an open conflict. Father and the son just go down the street and blur into the crowd. This is another indication of Italian Neorealism, as filmmakers liked to leave open endings.

The way this film was shot made it unique. It reflected the tragedy of characters' everyday life. The camera mostly captured long takes. Also, deep focus of the lens. All in one, it made the movie touching, you can easily connect with the characters and this is fundamental. 

Overall, The Bicycle Thief is a great movie that truly reflects Italian Neorealism. We can feel Italian culture, we see how people confront the problems, we see the aesthetical view and landscape that also characterizes Italy. I really liked this movie and I look forward to seeing another film of Neorealism movement soon.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Bicycle Thief






The Bicycle Thief, 1948 Italian neorealistic film that mainly explores what economic troubles that Italy had to face at that time. Antonio, the main protagonist is an unemployed man, who gets a chance to get a job as a poster man but there is one requirement - he needs to have a bike. Very clear moment that truly shows the main idea/economical struggle is when Antonio’s wife collects things from home, they sell it and he gets the dreamed bicycle. However, Antonio didn’t have an opportunity to enjoy new bike and job long enough, as one day his bicycle was stolen.

The main thing that distinguishes Italian Neorealism from other movements is that in many films people that acted were not professional actors, they usually had jobs that were similar to what their characters had. This explains why actors’ performances in the Bicycle Thief were so real and persuasive. Also, neorealism movies were often shot on the actual locations. That determined that it was cheaper, but not easier to shoot as filmmakers had to adapt to the environment and conditions that were on those locations.

In the second act, that starts when the bicycle is stolen, we truly start to see drama. The struggle that Antonio and his family have to overcome when he does not have a bike and what it basically means is that he is once again unemployed. Antonio and son start to search for the bicycle, however their attempts are not successful. One of the richest moments of the movie is when Antonio takes his son out for dinner. They eat, but at the same times they stare at the family that seems to be very affluent and here the time when Antonio for the first time starts to talk about what the stolen bicycle basically means and explains how much money they could have had if he still had his job.


The last part of the movie is all about desperation as Antonio decides to steal a bike. The attempt is also unsuccessful and he is caught, however his son kind of saves him as the owner of the bike sees the desperation on child’s face and let them go.

The ending of the film is not clear. We are left with an open conflict. Father and the son just go down the street and blur into the crowd. This is another indication of Italian Neorealism, as filmmakers liked to leave open endings.

Overall, The Bicycle Thief is a great movie that truly reflects Italian Neorealism. We can feel Italian culture, we see how people confront the problems, we see the aesthetical view and landscape that also characterizes Italy. I really liked this movie and I look forward to seeing another film of Neorealism movement soon.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Nanook Of The North


Roberty Flaherty’s masterpiece ‘Nanook Of The North’ is the first successful documentary ever made. By using variety of shots, the set and other cinematic techniques, Flaherty tells a beautiful story about a man and how he depends on nature and the environment that surrounds him.

This film is still listed in documentary category, even though we can see long and short takes, camera angles (mostly normal camera height) and Flaherty himself acknowledged that some shots were staged. However, the main purpose of why this film was made was to make a historical record, to show a daily routine of the Eskimo tribes and that is what it makes this film a part of documentary list. 
It’s amazing how Flaherty even in really harsh environment was able to use pans and tilts. Camera’s work was beautiful. Different types of shots like close-ups that Flaherty used, take us closer to Nanook’s and his family’s lives and that lets the audience to connect with the characters more easily. With long shots, Flaherty showed us fishing scenes that depicted a very unique set and other daily routine jobs, however by using extreme wide shots, he fabulously conveyed the basic meaning of the film. Nannok with his family who looked quite heroic in close-ups suddenly turns into powerless small tiny black dots in the large, white environment. Long takes (the longest one was over 3 minutes) lets us feel the true live action, as cuts do not interfere with event.

No lights were used on set, however an interesting thing was in the igloo where interior shots were shot, the walls were partly removed, as the igloo was cross-sectioned for filmmaking.
Melancholic music perfectly reflected the mood and the nature of the film. It conveyed the emotions but let the viewer still focus more on the film and pictures. Overall, it didn’t make any distractions so it’s a positive point as well.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LfBiEFGpVI



http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-nanook-of-the-north-1922

http://movies.tvguide.com/nanook-of-the-north/review/132216

Thursday, September 19, 2013

A Trip to the Moon


Yesterday I saw A Trip to the Moon by G. Mellies.  I have never seen anything like this for my entire life. It was the first time I saw moving pictures. Even though I didn’t understand some parts of the film I think the movie itself was magical. I cannot imagine how people could create this. Everything had a very realistic look. The effects, the decorations I cannot find an explanation how people could come up with ideas like these. I absolutely adore A Trip to the Moon. It definitely changed my life. The plot and the characters of the film were also exclusive.  Those creatures from the moon – I love them. Overall, this film definitely made me feel like I was having a trip to the moon. This film is an amazing invention and I hope that I’ll get chance to watch this film one more time.

I think that people from that century were definitely amazed by this film. Visual effects, music, plot and all the things that were created by Mellies had probably the biggest impact on people’s lives. At that time we didn’t have neither computers, nor technologies like we have now. A person from that age probably thought that A Trip to the Moon was a miracle. I chose A Trip to the Moon, because this film also amazes me. It’s probably my favorite from early collection of cinema. The thing why it’s so distinguishable is that at that time a trip to the moon for a human was a dream – an impossible thing and now it’s reality. The film made people believe that we can try to reach things that at first sight seem impossible to achieve.