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From: babyiwasshot Date: December 4th, 2007 02:47 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: more on academic film crit.: last one, i promise

Hah. See; I suspected I'd eat my words here. It's bad, I suppose, to reason that the content of a course reflects the confort zone/proclivities of the instructor....Then again, part of me thinks it SHOULD: the student's not a customer so much as he/she is a subject; he/she pays to be CHALLENGED, not accommodated.

I was also unaware that 300 was a gen. ed., which would certainly explain the dumbing down that goes into planning it, yet this is an issue with regard to which I'm EXTREMELY unforgiving: if the students are lazy and refuse to even ATTEMPT to "get" film as form, or are simply not intelligent enough to get film as form, then I say (a) "fuck 'em" and (b) "fail 'em" because they are clearly--using my own experience to inform this opinion--making the students who are either intelligent or assiduous enough to "get it" suffer on account of their ignorance. Further, they're making the reputation of the faculty suffer, as well (as my earlier misconception so clearly evinces)--plus it has GOT to be an aggravating experience for an instructor, attempting to transcend the apathy of the students and the failures of the public education system in teaching them.

I own Blow-Up, although it's currently being borrowed by Prof. Gallego; I lent it to him on account of similarities I saw between it and Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 (the bands featured in both, the overarching paranoia and questioning of reality, the counter/pop-cultural aspects, etc.; both capture the sixties really well, though they're set in different regions).

Vertov's influence is more prevalent in later Godard, such as Tout Va Bien (which some have read as a cinematic critique of Althusser) and the highly obscure flicks like Vent d'est, but perhaps also in the earlier films, as well.

As for the coens; my chiding was referencing the plotting specifically. ou're right; the setting becomes a character in many of their films (making them, perhaps, "gothic" in a way): lebowski=LA; fargo=upper midwest; no country=texas; arizona=arizona; etc.
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