Passage Reflection

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&quotRatherthan –purify the cinema, Eisenstein preferred to enrich it throughsynthetic cross-fertilization with the other arts. Eisenstein’sthinking was also what would be nowadays be called &quotmulticulturalism&quotin that he showed interest in diverse cultures, all seen, in arelatively non-primitive manner as germane to the forging of a“modern “ cinema [CITATION Rob00 p 40 l 1033 ].Theseare comments from Robert Stam’s article &quotFilm Theory.&quotThese remarks are aimed at bringing the reader up to speed withcontents of the article. Robert Stam evaluates the impact of SovietMontage-Theorists on cinema and its growth. The Soviet MontageTheorists were a group of filmmakers, film students, andcinematographers. They were after making socialist films thatreconciled authorial creativity, political efficacy, and masspopularity. They included filmmakers such as Kuleshov, Alexandrov,Pudovkin and Eisenstein. Soviet Theorists/filmmakers are creditedwith spearheading the use of typage: a casting technique used toevoke social stratifications, the contrapuntal use of sound in cinemaand developing the full-scale montage typology in cinema.

“Inthe first three decades of the twentieth Century, ethnic Mexicans inthe United States regularly witnessed denigrating images of Mexicoand Mexicans on Screen” [CITATION Lau02 p 12 l 1033 ].This sentence iffrom Laura Isabela’s articles “La Venganza de Pancho Villa:Resistance and Repetition” In the article Laura is evaluating thedepiction of other races in American films and cinemas. She hasreviewed the film, “La Venganza de Pancho Villa” to argue hercase. According to Laura, most films express ideologies andstructures of the greater American film industry which includemasculinity and nationalism that re-inscribes racial hierarchies.Basing on various factors Laura has in detail reviewed the film.According to her, the film reconstructed the great revolution. Also,she claims the film gave the American population an insight on theMexican audiences’ experience as spectators. Various film stylessuch as silent cinema have been discussed in the article. In herconclusion Laura makes it clear that the film “La Venganza dePancho Villa” went against the then America’s film tradition ofdepicting Mexicans as the villains.

WorksCited

Serna, Laura Isabel. &quotChicano .&quot Chicano Studies 37:2 Fall 2012 (2002): 42. pdf.

Stam, Robert. Film Theory. Hoboken: BLACKWELL publishers, 2000. pdf.

Passage Reflection

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“Giventhe significant number of resident black persons, it is fallacious toassume, as has often been done, that Baartman’s status as animperial spectacle was ensured by her color alone Qureshi, 2004)”.These remarks are illustrated in Qureshi’s article, “DisplayingSara Baartman, the ‘Hottentot Venus.” According to a personalreflection, these sentences are meant to enlighten the readers aboutthe race discrimination that existed in different societies. Despitethe fact that it was during the colonial era that pronouncements weremade, the issue of discrimination existed in many societies.Therefore, based on the above remarks from the article, the authoremphasized that despite the fact that her color might have been usedto judge her, her status within the society could not be relegated.It pointed to the fact that the issue of race and discriminationcontinued to exist within many societies. It is a practice, whichmany communities have tried to minimize in the modern world however,there are instances in which racism and discrimination are still amajor issue.

&quotTherealism of the displays relied on many devices other than thelifelike quality of the wax figures themselves (Williams, 1994).&quotIt is a sentence borrowed from William`s article &quotViewingpositions: ways of seeing film.&quot After serious analysis andreflection on the remarks by Williams, it would be essential toobserve that he meant the realities of different demonstrations thatexisted on several platforms were as a result of artistic work andnot based on the general perspective of viewing films. As a result,there were various platforms where authentic accessories could beestablished to help in the revolution process of the movies.Therefore, to ensure that places such as museums remained interested,the various characters that performed in the theaters could play avital role in illustrating the compositions of the systemsestablished. It has therefore influenced the cultural perspectives ofmany individuals within the societies on the issues arising fromviewing films.

References

Qureshi,S. (2004). Displaying Sara Baartman, the ‘Hottentot Venus.` Historyof Science,42(2),233-257. doi:10.1177/007327530404200204

Williams,L. (1994). Viewing positions: ways of seeing film. ChoiceReviews Online,32(09).doi:10.5860/choice.32-4980