Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Perspectives: 5 Reasons Why Moulin Rouge is Postmodern


Postmodernism:
''a late 20th-century style and concept in the arts, architecture, and criticism, which represents a departure from modernism and is characterised by the self-conscious use of earlier style and conventions, a mixing of different artistic style and media, and a general distrust of theories'' - Dictionary

1. It use of pop songs throughout the film, and how it mashes them together to create something new. This is in relation to the 'death of the author' theory by Roland Barthes. It could be labelled a pastiche jukebox.

2. The way in which that it challenges it's own reality. Throughout the film, the audience is constantly reminded that they are watching fiction through its use of visuals and by how Christian is writing the film as it is happening. 

3. It is a mixed genre film. It mashes together musical with drama and comedy. 

4. The structure includes flashbacks, and the ending is revealed at the beginning of the movie. It has a non-linear structure that jumps between many different events not necessarily in the order they occurred.

5. The film has a general denial of fixed meaning. For example, when Christian and Satine begin to dance on clouds, it challenges and rejects the grand narratives. 

Perspectives: Key Definitions - #5

The Canon:
A text or cultural product that is generally considered to be superior by critics. 

DWEM:
Dead white European Male. A significant figure whose work and talents may have been exaggerated due to being part of a certain ethnic group and gender.

Phallocentricism:
Belief that the Male gender is superior, based on the phallus. Superiority of the male sex.

Eurocentrism:
Interpreting the world in a western way. The interpretation of text in European values and experiences.

Postcolonialism:
An approach that is directly connected to the impact of colonialism of former colonies.

Multiculturalism:
A society that includes and supports the presence of multiple different ethnic groups within that society. 

Feminism:
The advocacy of women's rights. Fighting for the equality of both sexes.

Collaboration: Star Wars Skit 2 - Initial Storyboard


Life Drawing: 18/10/17