The Idea ( directed by Bertold Bartosch, 1932), propaganda and experimentation

 

Analyze The Idea ( directed by Bertold Bartosch, 1932), propaganda and experimentation
Please choose one topic:

1. Analyze The Idea (L’idée, Bertold Bartosch, 1932), taking into consideration elements of propaganda and experimentation, and placing the film in the context of other works made in the late 1920s and early 1930s in Europe. See details about film analysis below.
a. Except this one has no additional films

2. Compare the film Night on Bald Mountain (Une nuit sur le mont chauve , Alexander Alexeieff, 1933) with the sequence of Night on Bald Mountain (Wilfred Jackson, 1940) in Disney’s Fantasia. The paper should focus mainly on Alexeieff’s version, explaining which directorial choices were successful (or not) in comparison to the American film, and showing an understanding of Alexeieff’s technique and knowledge of his production (at least two additional films). See details about film analysis below.

3. Compare Tsekhanovsky’s The Post made in 1929 with his 1964 remake. Explain similarities and differences in the light of the different artistic and historical contexts in which the films were made. The paper should show also knowledge of Tsekhanovsky’s production (at least two additional films NOT seen in class). See details about film analysis below.

4. arguments should be supported by at least three films from each studio NOT seen in class. See details about film analysis below.

5. Analyze the Zagreb School film The Cow on the Moon (Krava na mjesecu, Dušan Vukotić, 1959) and Dušan Vukotić’s style, taking into consideration at least two additional films NOT SEEN in class by the director. See details about film analysis below.

6. Compare the Czech film A Drop Too Much (O sklenicku víc, B. Pojar, art dir. Jiří Trnka, 1954) with the Russian short: The Villain with a Label (Zlodeika s nakleikoi, B. Stepantsev, V. Shcherbakov, 1954). When discussing the directors’ style, take into consideration at least two additional films by Jiří Trnka or Břetislav Pojar. See details about film analysis below.

7. Compare the Russian film The Glass Harmonica (Stekliannaia garmonika, A. Khrzhanovskii, 1968) with the Polish short Labyrinth (Labyrint, Jan Lenica, 1963). When discussing the directors’ style, please take into consideration at least two additional films NOT SEEN in class by each director. See details about film analysis below.

8. Analyze the film Alice (Neco z Alenky, Jan Švankmajer, 1988) and Jan Švankmajer’s style, taking into consideration at least three additional films by the director. See details about film analysis below.

9. Analyze the Russian film The Heron and the Crane (Tsaplia i zhuravl, Iurii Norshtein, 1974) and Iurii Norshtein’s style, taking into consideration at least three additional films by the director. See details about film analysis below.

Analysis and comparisons must be done according to the following criteria:

 Discuss the directors’ style considering additional films for each director in question. (Topic #1: place Bartosh’s film in the context of other works made in the late 1920s and early 1930s in Europe.)

 Identify peculiarities of animation art as discussed in your readings and in class (ex. metamorphosis, condensation, …).

 Include all these points in your analysis:
 director’s style
 technique
 depiction of characters and their movements
 depiction of background (also in relation to the characters)
 music and sound
 theme and genre
 overall tone and target audience
 author’s objectives (ex. criticism veiled or overt, entertainment, moralizing, discussing philosophical issues, etc.)
o how does author’s idea is transformed through the way of the animation

 Pay particular attention on how the formal elements are used to convey the creator’s messages.
 Provide stills from the films to illustrate your point.

 Provide a discussion of:
 historical and socio-cultural context (consider when and where the film was made)
 artistic context (influences, tendencies, director’s production,…)

 Provide specific references to the reading material assigned during the course. At least two meaningful references.

 Provide at least one additional secondary source to support your thesis.
Articles need to be peer reviewed.
For a list of bibliographies and journal article databases see these guides:
http://guides.library.utoronto.ca/c.php?g=251497&p=1674299
https://guides.library.utoronto.ca/c.php?g=251913&p=1681800

Online articles other than those peer reviewed articles mentioned in the guide above will not be counted as valid secondary sources for your final grade, but they still need to be properly cited in order to identify the sources you used and avoid plagiarism. Please contact me to check whether your source is acceptable.
Advice on Academic Writing
You will find useful advice on academic writing here: http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice
“Standard Documentation Formats”:
http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/using-sources/documentation
See also the link to “How Not to Plagiarize”:
http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/using-sources/how-not-to-plagiarize

Films:

The Idea [L’idée]. Dir. Bertold Bartosch, 1932. (30 m.). In:
PN1997 .I3674 2010 DVD SMC – St. Michael’s College or

A Night on Bald Mountain [Une nuit sur le mont chauve]. Dir. Alexander Alexeieff, Claire Parker. A. Alexeïeff & Cl. Parker. 1933. (8 m.) and other films by Alexeieff in:
The Animation of Alexander Alexeieff – VideoDVD 755346 – Media Commons
Night on Bald Mountain. Fantasia. Dir. Wilfred Jackson, 1940. Walt Disney Productions.
Disney’s Fantasia – Media Commons – Library or classroom use – VideoDVD 751835

The Post [Pochta]. Dir. M. Tsekhanovsky. Leningradskaia Fabrika Sovkino, 1929.

The Post [Pochta]. Dir. M. Tsekhanovsky. Soiuzmul’tfil’m, 1964.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-zM-TRB__Y&list=PLn5Aci4kkiv66NvhqGQ0_hhO-6DbO6d61&index=2

The Cow on the Moon [Krava na mjesecu]. Dir. Dušan Vukotić. Zagreb Film, 1959. (10 m.)
The Best of Zagreb Film Collection – Laugh at Your Own Risk. For Children Only
PN 1997.5. B5 2000 DVD (3 DVDS) SMC (St. Michael’s College – Kelly Library)

Zagreb Films:
The Best of Zagreb Film Collection – Laugh at Your Own Risk. For Children Only
PN 1997.5. B5 2000 DVD (3 DVDS) SMC (St. Michael’s College – Kelly Library)
Lost Classics from Zagreb Film – PN 1997.5.B5 2000 DVD PT. 5 SMS (St. Michael’s College – Kelly Library)
Dušan Vukotić on DVD – PN 1997.5.B5 2000 DVD PT.4 SMS (St. Michael’s College – Kelly Library)

A Drop Too Much [O sklenicku víc]. Dir. B. Pojar. Art Dir. Jiří Trnka. Krátký Film Praha, 1954. (14m)
And other films by Trnka:
The Puppet Films of Jiří Trnka – VideoDVD 753429 – Media Commons
The Villain with a Label [Zlodeika s nakleikoi]. Dir. B. Stepantsev, V. Shcherbakov. Soiuzmul’tfil’m, 1954. (10m.)

The Glass Harmonica [Stekliannaia garmonika]. Dir. Andrei Khrzhanovskii. Soiuzmul’tfil’m, 1968. (20m.) and other films by Khrzhanovskii in:
Masters of Russian Animation (4 DVD) VideoDVD 752050/1/2/3 – Media Commons

Labyrinth [Labyrint]. Dir. Jan Lenica. Studio Miniatur Filmowych, 1963. (15 m.) and other films by Lenica:
Anthology of Polish Animated Films – VideoDVD 756719PAL – Media Commons

Alice [Neco z Alenky]. Dir. Jan Švankmajer. Channel Four Films, Condor Films, Hessischer Rundfunk (HR), 1988.
VideoDVD 756389 Media Commons

The Heron and the Crane [Tsaplia i zhuravl]. Dir. Iurii Norstein. Soiuzmul’tfil’m, 1974. (10m.) and other films by Norstein in:
The Complete Work of Yuri Norshtein – PN1998.3 .N675 A23 2005 DVD SMC
(St. Michael’s College – Kelly Library)

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