Senior Blog #3

I do agree with the idea that emphasizing depth of field and the motion of the camera creates a much more realistic cinema than when a montage is used. For my EE, I am studying the New Wave, specifically Godard. I screened four of his films, one which he produded before the start of the New Wave, two which he produced during the New Wave, and one which he produced well after the New Wave.

In the first three films I studied, Tous Les Garçons S’appellent Patrick, Une Femme Este Une Femme, and Masculin Feminin, I found that Godard used hand-held cameras, which caused the image to bob up and down a bit, as if the audience was walking in the streets of France with the characters in the film. This adds a highly realistic feeling to the film, and it gives the audience the feeling that they are a part of the action, adding to the film’s realism, as well as it’s believability. Additionally, because these films portray moments from everyday life, the realistic shooting techniques reinforce this feeling, much different from high-budget cinema, which may sometimes have a more distant connection with the audience.

Godard’s most recent film that I studied is called Film Socialisme, and it has a much more obscure plot and overall theme than many of his earlier films. Throughout this film, Godard used historical montages with quick bursts of images from wars and well-known events in European history. Due to the obscure subject matter, as well as the more distant feeling created by the montages, I did not get the feeling that I was a part of the action, rather I was a far-off observer who did not have any influence over what occurred within the world of the film.

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