Style as a Vision of the World

23.10.2007


Sherlock Jr. (1924).


Week 5, 2008, at the University of Kent. This week’s lecture delivered by Dr. Alex Clayton for Introduction to Narrative Cinema 1: American Cinema is titled “Style as a Vision of the World: Chaplin, Keaton, and Silent Film Comedy”.

Performance, Editing, and the Close-Up

16.10.2007


Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl (1919).


Week 4, 2008, at the University of Kent. This week’s lecture delivered by Dr. Alex Clayton for Introduction to Narrative Cinema 1: American Cinema is titled “Performance, Editing, and the Close-Up”.

Screen Scales

11.10.2007


Bubble (2005).


Mission: Impossible III (2006).


Alex Munt (Macquarie University) has written a very pertinent article for Flow, a critical forum on television and media culture published by the Department of Radio, Television, and Film at the University of Texas at Austin. “S, M, L, XL: The Question of Scale in Screen Media” analyses how creators work with or against screen scales and what are the consequences of those practices on the aesthetics of moving images.

Out of Time

04.10.2007


Life on Mars.


The second article for my monthly column Séries em Palavras (Series in Words) is published today. Sadly, this is the last one given that this is the final issue of Premiere. Portugal loses its only film magazine, a place where I made friends and learned a lot.

I make the following main points about Life on Mars (2006-7). First, the genres, crime and science fiction, and their conventions are used to explore the dramatic and comedic irony of Sam’s situation. Second, at the same time, the series works mostly from television references and cultural memories that are specifically British.

Analysing Film Sequences

02.10.2007


Strangers on a Train (1951).


Week 2, 2008, at the University of Kent. This week’s lecture delivered by Dr. Alex Clayton for Introduction to Narrative Cinema 1: American Cinema is titled “Analysing Film Sequences”.