Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter film analysis

December 9, 2010

Albert and David Maysles Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter was a documentary of the Rolling Stones Concert at the Altamont Speedway, California on December 6th 1969. The Concert was organized by the Rolling Stones and also had (in order of performance) Santana, Jefferson Airplane, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, with the Stones coming in as the final act. The show was planned as a free admission low budget performance with a venue of 300,000 people showing up.

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Extra Credit “Modern Times”

December 8, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CReDRHDYhk8

In this clip from Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times” (1936) We see Chaplin employed as a factory worker during the Great Depression.  During this time many people were desperate for jobs and usually it was factories made of many different assembly lines, like the one we see Chaplin working on. Now as easy as it seems to just stay in one place and have only one very specific job that you do Chaplin shows that it eventually takes its toll on the body (Regrettably I couldn’t find a longer clip that shows him going crazy).

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Funny Math

November 10, 2010

Ok I found this clip a while ago but just remembered about it now, the math we know is all wrong:

Good Math

I really like this kind of old humor, oh and sorry I couldn’t find a youtube link so that you can just watch it here.


Citizen Kane Film Analysis

October 21, 2010

Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane (1941) is a movie in which a very famous and powerful man has died and a newspaper company wants to find out what Charles Foster Kane’s famous last words “Rose Bud” meant. It follows Mr. Thomson as he goes all over finding people who once knew Mr. Kane and trying to find out if and what they knew about Rose Bud. As Mr. Thomson goes around all the people and evidence he finds tells him about important points in Mr. Kane’s life slowly telling you what Mr. Kane accomplished and what kind of man he was.

When Mr. Kane turns twenty-five years old he is told that he must start taking care of his financial affairs and states that to start he wants to take over the Inquirer, a small news paper organization that his bank acquired. In the scene were you see Mr. Kane arrive at the Inquirer for the first time, he arrives with his good friend Jedediah Leland and Kane expresses his thoughts that what he hopes for the paper will bring big changes. When Mr. Kane introduces himself to the chief editor Herbert Carter he summarizes, to the confusion of Mr. Carter, that he has no plans so to speak and that until Mr. Kane is satisfied with a number of key changes he wishes to make are put into effect he will me living in Mr. Carter’s office. As Mr. Carter protests you see Mr. Leland and Mr. Bernstein bringing Mr. Kane’s personal things into the office as Mr. Carter becomes more confused and flustered trying to talk to Kane and being constantly interrupted my the others going in and out of the office. The scene then goes a head a little while were everyone is in Mr. Carter’s office and Kane is talking about what he wants done, asking why there is an article about a missing woman in Brooklyn in the Chronicle but not the Inquirer and telling Mr. Carter to find out about it and that articles like that are what are going to start appearing in the Inquirer.

For most of this scene Welles uses medium shots to have a wide enough angle to show all the relevant action in the scene but still be close enough to clearly see each characters expression. Welles also decides not to use one of the many unique shots he uses in other parts of the movie so that you can distinctly see the height difference between Mr. Kane and Mr. Carter which in this case depicts Kane’s superiority and how Mr. Kane does not need to ask before doing what he does because of his power and position. As Kane is describing the changes he wishes to make you can see Mr. Carter becoming more and more flustered, he hair becoming untidy, sweat appearing all over his face and his anger rising. Kane wishes to push the Inquirer to be more like news papers that we have today that cover any kind of news such as missing people or government corruption which back during that time period it was not proper subjects to put in a news paper. This was the time before WWI and the Great Depression so people were more news leaned more towards government actions that people wanted to here such as diplomatic relations financial situations and actual facts, not idle ‘gossip’.

Citizen Kane shows how normal people were too trusting and things like murder and corruption were rare and couldn’t happen by showing how this man Kane wanted to take action to open up peoples eyes and how at first people thought him crazy. The film also shows how easily people with power can control people who are ignorant. The movie show people what is actually happening around them by showing how people always assume the same thing when in reality it is something that they just simply don’t want it to be.


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