The Last Hurrah

I’ve been trying to get a seat in this class for 3 semesters now and all I really knew about it was that it was called Film Analysis. I knew I loved films and I loved analyzing things, so how perfect, right? Well it was definitely not what I was expecting, although I had already taken a film class at my high school that had some overlap. I was very glad to see some films again, such as Metropolis (which I probably never would’ve given a second chance on my own). But I really did get a lot more out of it from watching it a second time. I learned a lot more about mise-en-scene as well as technical details that I wasn’t aware of before.

My favorite film of the semester (that I hadn’t seen) was Contempt. Seeing more of the French new wave genre made me realize how much I enjoy it and I intend to see other films similar. Watching this movie in class also gave me a different perspective because I wasn’t watching it purely for entertainment purposes. I found throughout the semester that being critical of the movie and analyzing it really makes the experience completely different. I learned to view movies from a more objective perspective if necessary.

My least favorite film was probably Yojimbo. This may be because I really am not a huge fan of western films, but it really just felt like it was dragging on to me. I felt the urge to make fun of everything because of how predictable it was and that isn’t something that I look forward to in a movie. I’m glad I’ve experienced some western films, but I surely will not be watching any more.

All in all, I really enjoyed this class. Remembering to do the blog posts was a struggle, but that’s nothing personal to this class. I liked the diversity of the class and how much input was given from everybody (although I never really spoke up because you guys are like…really intelligent in the land of movies). I’m sad this class is over!

Good times, gang.

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One thought on “The Last Hurrah

  1. I also had different expectations of this class because I didn’t think we would watch such a broad range and contrasting genres of film; everything from Charlie Chaplin to Japanese Westerns. Still, like you said, I have learned so much about the technical aspects of film and have a greater appreciation for film in general. I thought it was interesting that Contempt was one of your favorite films because it was one of my least favorite. I thought the plot was rather boring, confusing, and dragged on too much. But I do have to agree the technical aspects of the film such as lighting and camerawork were unlike any of the films I have seen. I also disliked Yojimbo because of the lack of suspense and predictability. I am not a huge fan of westerns or Japanese films either, so that also turned my interest away from the beginning.

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