Summary through quotes: Unit 2

UNIT 2: Society through visual arts and movies


>The role of film in society

  • “Film has a uniquely powerful ubiquity within human culture”
  • “The direct economic impact of film is clear, but the effect to the wider economy significant”
  • “CInema has become a powerful vehicle for culture, education, leisure propaganda”
  • “Cinema attendance can have independent and robust effects on mental wellbeing because visual stimulation can queue a range of emotions and the collective experience of these emotions through the cinema provides a safe environment in which experience roles and emotions we might not otherwise be free to experience.”
  • “Film is a reflection of society, both present and past. Something they want to tell someone…”
  • “Movies can educate too, they tell us things we could have never known”.
  • “Movies can create controversy, debate, conversation”
  • “ The ultimate prize for a great movie is whether it can stand the test of time, across generations”
  • The Oscar rewards excellence …
  • The technology of the movies , from the beginning has been important. 3D and visual effects help create an illusion , to help us escape”


>Beginning at zero: Notes on Cinema and Society

    • The text is about Brazilian culture and the influence of cinema and a new movement.
    • Cinema Novo Movement: Political and Cultural Reality
  • “Films arbitrates lifestyles, actives the imagination with its fantasies and shapes moral life.”
  • “Brazilian  public has also based its images of life on North American films”
    • Examples of films: Asalto al tren pagador, Selva Trágica
  • Is is worth the effort to make films that contribute  nothing more to our culture? A growing awareness of the need to answer “no” and therefore of the need for original films led to the creation of the Cinema Novo Movement…”
  • “Cinema novo rejects populist attitudes and the tendency of populism to manipulate the public”
  • “When filmmakers decide to begin at zero, to create a cinema with new kinds of plot, interpretations, rhythm and poetry, they begin the dangerous and revolutionary adventure of learning at work…”
  • “Our hero should be the multiple Brazilian man, who lives through each crisis as it presents itself”
  • “Today (Cinema Novo) competes as an equal with other Brazilian distribution houses”
  • “Cinema Novo has become a political and cultural reality”




  • India is the largest producer of films in the world
  • It has ideological messages
  • Indian audience is diversity
  • Audience develop a relationship with the film
  • Films can dialogue with viewers (Movie-going)
  • All indian films are musicals
  • It does not have a structure
  • Themes: Comedic- Melodramas and romantic
  • Indian cinema has always provided competition for Hollywood.
  • USA highly disciplined way to watch movies
  • Cinema as a public place (india)



  • Documental: La ciudad de los Fotógrafos
  • Readings:
  • Photography and the historical study, Possible Interpretations.
  • Researching and Interpreting history through photography
  • “A picture is worth a thousand of words”
  • “Photographies can be used to prove a theory, to disprove it, or to contradict a stereotype.”
  • “There are many clues that can help you read a photography…”
  • Images as historical researches as well
  • Images as functional mediums with representational forces with respect to some objects, personalities or event.
  • “Photographies play the role of some “speechless” eyewitnesses and the translation of their testimonial in words is not at all unproblematic”




Berlin in film

  • Our perception of a city can be influenced by the media
  • We can categorize cities in different ways –fictional or realistic portrait
  • Characters can give a role to the city

>The art of teaching social studies through films

  • Movie: Kids by Spring Breakers. This movie is about alcohol, drugs and sex, sexually active teenagers. The movie shows sexual encounters, unprotection.
  • Teaching with film is a powerful and meaningful instructional strategy.
  • There are many ways film can be incorporated into the curriculum
  • Teachers realize that film has the potential to bring students closer to the people and events that they are studying
  • Film as a Visual Book
  • Film  as a depicter of atmosphere
  • Film as an analogy
  • Film as an Historiography
  • Film as a Springboard


Hollywood and society

  • Hollywood emerged as the capital of films
  • The demands for films was great… why? variety of scenarios (desert, sea, etc)
  • Hollywood was divided in the most popular genres like melodrama . crime drama, , hottot, etc
  • Films started to portray role models instructions in dress and fashion
  • Films articulated social culture
  • Films provide information about the psychology
  • Hollywood films look for globalization like an americanization

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