- explicit – meanings on the surface; a little more sophisticated than plot summary but not overly interpretive
- in Singin’ in the Rain: the history of sound, love story
- in Star Wars: training of a Jedi, interactions between robots and humans
- implicit – meanings below the surface, require interpretation and argument
- in Singin’ in the Rain: Hollywood is more glamorized in media than in reality, gender roles, celebrity treatment
- in Star Wars: Obi-Wan as a father figure
- what is our response to the new?
- ideological – what are the values that the movie is suggesting?
- in One False Move: violence
- often a political message
- even films that do not have a narrative can have ideological meaning
Being able to see how these layers of meaning reveal themselves is a highly viable skill.
Film theory – a way of understand certain aspects of films
How does sound create ideological meaning in Wall-E?
- climate change (sound motif: the whistling wind)
- love (music motif: Hello Dolly)
expectations – plot or character driven, the kind of meaning we are looking for
Looking at Persepolis (2007):
- coming of age story (equivalent of roma à clef)
- elements of romance
- a road movie (lots of places)
- the contrast between the realistic/world events and stylized visual presentation gives this the aesthetic beauty
- in comparison to Wall-E, where the world is very stylized
- explicit meanings
- what happens when a young girl tries to be educated
- what happens when a girl tries to become an artist
- immigrant relations
- coming of age
- implicit meanings – some relate to voiceover narration
- finding a voice
- ideological meanings
- ways to approach the movie
- cultural studies