This was a recurring theme in the Post-Film Writing this week. What did you think of the use of color in the film? What uses stand out for you and why? What uses were less effective?
A question from the Post-Film Writing after the re-watch of Vertigo is related to the way the filmmakers showed dreams, primarily through color, but also by using devices like animation. What are other good examples of similar devices in other films? How else have you seen filmmakers visually signify dreams or altered mental states?
Next R (5/3), I want to spend time in our discussion reviewing our key theoretical concepts. Do you have questions or things you would like me to include in that review? In future weeks, I will ask for more wide-ranging film questions, but for this class meeting I want to focus on our core concepts. Get your suggestions in by noon on Wednesday (3/2) if you want me to include them in class.
How are you comparing the first two films in your Comparative Essay?
Post on other matters from the week here.
If you have any general thoughts or reactions to our re-watching of Vertigo, share those here.
Vertigo is 6o years old. Do you have much experience watching films that are more than a decade or so old? Do you have any favorite older films? Did Vertigo feel "old" to you? Why or why not? If yes, what felt most dated to you? Or, alternatively, what about the film feels contemporary to you?
Here are topics I have distilled from my notes and from your Post-Film Writing:
Directly related to the representation of time, space and memory:
- Camera movement
- Objects (props)
- People (costume [hair & makeup] action & performance)
- Places (setting, decor)
- Framing (space, staging)
- Color (dreams & memory)
- Editing (connections between images)
- Sound (music) & m-e-s
- Light and shadow
- Shot length
Continue to discuss our first screening of Vertigo here.