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Post-Election POV [class project]

Death of an Innocent : "How Christopher McCandless lost his way in the wilds" [ bottom ]



Two last chapters to cover using the movie:

Themes : Tramp(s) and Supertramp (Silent Era)
Chaplin = alone, homeless, poor, wonderer (does he rejects the world, or the world rejects him?) + (non)hero and the girl -- "Golden Rash" (Alaska)

... McMurphy and hippie tradition

Forms -- Expressionism (LA) and Impressionism (West)
Tarkovsky/Kurosawa camerawork -- nature
Fellini/Bergman -- society

"Hollywood" -- Western (genre)

Hero's Journey -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hero's_Journey :

Departure (or Separation) -- how was it done on the screen?
Refusal of the Call : In some stories, the hero initially refuses the call to adventure. When this happens, the hero may suffer somehow, and may eventually choose to answer, or may continue to decline the call.
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1. A call to adventure, which the hero has to accept or decline

2. A road of trials, regarding which the hero succeeds or fails

3. Achieving the goal or "boon", which often results in important self-knowledge

4. A return to the ordinary world, again as to which the hero can succeed or fail

5. Applying the boon, in which what the hero has gained can be used to improve the world

In a well-known quote from the introduction to The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Campbell wrote:

“ A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man. ”
The classic examples of the monomyth relied upon by Campbell and other scholars include the Buddha, Moses, and Christ stories, although Campbell cites many other classic myths from many cultures which rely upon this basic structure.


Independent filmmaking


Part Five: Critical Analysis of Films

Chapter Eleven - Film Criticism: Sample Analyses
The Classical Narrative Cinema
Narrative Alternatives to Classical Filmmaking
Documentary Form and Style
Form, Style, and Ideology (***)

Part Six: Film History

Chapter Twelve - Film Form and Film History
Early Cinema (1893-1903)
The Development of the Classical Hollywood Cinema (1908-1927)
German Expressionism (1919-1926)
French Impressionism and Surrealism (1918-1930)
Soviet Montage (1924-1930)
The Classical Hollywood Cinema after the Coming of Sound
Italian Neorealism (1942-1951)
The French New Wave (1959-1964)
The New Hollywood and Independent Filmmaking

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"Into the Wild"


"Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer
Everest deals with trespassers harshly: the dead vanish beneath the snows. While the living struggle to explain what happened. And why. A survivor of the mountain's worst disaster examines the business of Mount Everest and the steep price of ambition.

notes : Supernatural Aid
After the hero has accepted the call, he encounters a protective figure (often elderly) who provides special tools and advice for the adventure ahead, such as an amulet or a weapon.
Classic example: In Greek mythology, Ariadne gives Theseus a ball of string and a sword before he enters the labyrinth to confront the minotaur.

The Crossing of the First Threshold
The hero must cross the threshold between the world he is familiar with and that which he is not. Often this involves facing a "threshold guardian", an entity that works to keep all within the protective confines of the world but must be encountered in order to enter the new zone of experience.[7]

The hero, rather than passing a threshold, passes into the new zone by means of rebirth. Appearing to have died by being swallowed or having their flesh scattered, the hero is transformed and becomes ready for the adventure ahead.
Biblical applications: In the gospels, John the Baptist baptizes Jesus before Jesus begins his public ministry.


The Road of Trials
Once past the threshold, the hero encounters a dream landscape of ambiguous and fluid forms. The hero is challenged to survive a succession of obstacles and, in so doing, amplifies his consciousness. The hero is helped covertly by the supernatural helper or may discover a benign power supporting him in his passage


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