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    1927 marked the new age of synchronised sound in cinema. The feature film was a huge success at the box office and it ushered in the era David Bordwell describes as ‘Classical Hollywood Cinema’; Bordwell and two other film theorists (Janet Staiger and Kristin Thompson) conducted a formalist analysis of 100 randomly selected Hollywood films from the years 1917 to 1960 in order to fully define this movement. Their results yielded that most Hollywood made films during that era were centred on, or followed

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    The Classical Hollywood cinema has style which is difficult and mostly invisible for the average audience to see. Classical Hollywood narratives are delivered so effortlessly to the audience to a point that they appear to have no source. In other words, it appears off the screen. The style has been effective from the 1920s and it convinces us that whatever we see on the screens is real and sometimes we as the audience have to keep reminding ourselves that it is only a movie not a real thing. For

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    The term classical Hollywood cinema has been used to describe a narrative and visual style of film-making which developed between in the early 20th century, and as far as the 1960s. The style is characterized by a number of devices that establish a linear narrative logic and a realistic cinematic space; which soon became some of the most prevalent narrative techniques in cinematic history to this day. The heyday of second-wave feminism, saw the birth of feminist film theory, which became concerned

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    systems: Classical Hollywood Cinema and Neorealist Cinema. From their similarities and differences, it can be said that Neorealist Cinema portrays the real world more realistically and effectively than CHC… In order to produce Bazin’s “true continuity” and reproduce situations more realistically, the filmmaker must choose an effective editing system, refrain from interrupting the flow of images, and use minimal editing, proven through the two films Bicycle Thieves (Neorealist Cinema) and Stagecoach

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    matters. As Susanne Kord states in her book: Hollywood Divas, Indie Queens, and TV Heroines: Contemporary Screen Images of Women, female characters in films ‘’reflect and perpetuate the status and options of women in today’s society and play and active part in creating female role models’’ (Korde, 2005). Therefore, it is vital to examine the ways women are represented throughout history in Hollywood cinema. Debates about women representations in Hollywood on screen and inequalities such as sexist work

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    The characteristics, features and conventions of Stagecoach (John Ford, 1939) allow this film to fit directly under the title of Classical Hollywood cinema. The film uses a few main characters that the audience members get to know well and create their own feelings for. In Stagecoach, there are nine main characters that the audience gets to know well, Dallas, Ringo Kid, Buck, Hatfield, Doc Boone, Lucy Mallory, Curley, Gatewood and the lieutenant. These characters are consistent throughout the story

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    American cinema seemingly dominates the movie industry globally and has developed a structure of its own that has influence visual storying telling every where, however, one can find a variation of this structure or even no structure at all when taking a closer look at certain foreign films and how they decide to tell a story. When viewing the critically acclaimed Three Colors: Red, a french movie that is apart of a larger anthology, I noticed that the film did not strictly follow the structure of

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    Film Studies Assignment 1 Classical and Post-Classical Hollywood Cinema Table of contents INTRODUCTION--------------------------------------------- 3 CLASSICAL HOLLYWOOD------------------------------- 4 Classical Gender Representation-------------------------------------- 4 Classical Style, form and content-------------------------------------- 5 GENRE TRANSFORMATION AND POST-CLASSICAL HOLLYWOOD------------------------------- 5 REFERENCES 8 BIBLIOGRAPHY 9 FILMOGRAPHY 10 INTRODUCTION During

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    In classical Hollywood cinema, most films are voyeuristic in nature. This paper examines two films that explain the main characters’ relationships but in styles that contrast classical cinema. The two films analyzed have some similarities but primarily are different than what most American audiences are accustomed to seeing. Annie Hall is a romantic comedy from the United States that explores sexual relationships. The movie is focused on the relationship between two main characters -Alvy Singer played

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    Post-Classical Hollywood Cinema INTRODUCTION During the course of this essay it is my intention to discuss the differences between Classical Hollywood and post-Classical Hollywood. Although these terms refer to theoretical movements of which they are not definitive it is my goal to show that they are applicable in a broad way to a cinema tradition that dominated Hollywood production between 1916 and 1960 and which also pervaded Western Mainstream Cinema (Classical Hollywood or Classic Narrative

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