Wild Strawberries

Wild Strawberries / Smultronstället Director: Ingmar Bergman Released: 1957 Writer: Ingmar Bergman Featured Actors: Victor Sjöström, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin           Structure: similar to Seventh Seal in that the film appears to record events as they occur, but in fact is a retelling of what happened to Isak Borg – and his growing awareness that he has been someone…

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Cold War: NATO

                    Cold War Notes: NATO, Domino Theory, Indochina (early Vietnam), South America NATO:  (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) 1949, 12 nations: Belgium, GB, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, & USA – an attack against one is an attack against all – first treaty with Europe since the revolution Domino…

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Cries And Whispers

Cries and Whispers / Viskningar och rop Director: Ingmar Bergman Released: 1972 Writers: Ingmar Bergman Featured Actors: Harriet Anderson, Liv Ullmann, Kari Sylwan           Story: Agnes is dying. Sisters Karin & Maria return to care for her w/ Anna, a servant. Narration: Memories & Reflections…structure similar to Wild Strawberries…Bergman returns to his 1950’s structure and theme…drama of re-birth, along with…

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Cold War Conflicts: Poland, Berlin, Greece, Turkey, and Korea

                    Conflicts: Poland, Germany (Berlin), Greece/Turkey, Korea Germany: occupied by USA, GB, France & Russia Russia prevented Germany from recovery in its sphere of influence Russia feared German reunification (could not trust a united Germany) Churchill “iron curtain” = lines drawn, divided Europe, maybe Stalin saw (or wished for) a capitalist…

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Cold War: Russia & USA

                    Cold War (beginning overview)  Communism vs. Capitalism  Russia vs. USA  Two “superpowers” left at the end of WWII  GB greatly overstrained  France, barely rising from the near death of German occupation, internal divisions  Germany in ruins  China, not yet ready for the world…

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The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing Director: Joshua Oppenheimer Released: 2012             Title – “The Act of Killing” Double Meanings commission of the crime act out killing killing ideas, community, hope The Opening Images of Indonesia Backstory (inter-titles) No authoritative history of the killings allows the brevity of the inter-titles to create enough backstory Theme of history &…

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M

M Director: Fritz Lang Released: 1931 Writers: Thea von Harbou, Fritz Lang Featured Actors: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut       The Film M turns like a hinge, between Lang’s silent cinema and sound cinema, Also, between his German & American career M ties up themes from the first part of Lang’s career Also an homage to the…

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Japanese History: Shogun & Shinto

                    Setting – Japan is an island country: protected by the water from outside invasions – The sea provided fish & created sailors (and pirates too) – China deeply influenced Japan – Iron work, Confucian philosophies, Buddhism – Chinese immigrated bringing pottery & intermarrying – In the 6th & 7th centuries…

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Japanese History: Zen Buddhism

                    ZEN BUDDHISM “They who know do not tell, and they who tell do not know.” – Tao The King Became Taoism in China but is a sect of Buddhism. Teaches: · Dependence upon oneself for answers to questions and for wisdom · When question is felt, the answer is received…

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Metropolis

Metropolis Director: Fritz Lang Released: 1927 Writer: Thea von Harbou Featured Actors: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustov Frohlich     Film Notes Referenced in: Madonna Video, Express Yourself The Bodyguard Dr. Strangelove Einstein on the Beach (Robert Wilson & Philip Glass) Gravity’s Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon) Story / Script by Harbou – Film directed by Lang [Collaboration between Husband & Wife] The…

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