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Perspectives and concept ideas

Anatomy class~


 We watched the classic movie "Metropolis" directed by Fritz Lang.
The movie used heavily dramatic orchestral music to create the desperate, dangerous and beautiful atmospheres that were created.

Due to my current unit I was more interested in the environment, which is what this review will be based upon.
The town was enclosed, incredibly tall buildings lined everywhere reaching for the sky.
By having the buildings so tall it minimized the importance of the humans living within it. Later told in the movie is babel which may possibly be a hint as to why the buildings in metropolis are as big as they are. "Come let us build worlds tallest buildings to show the greatest creation is man!"

 In the scene where Freder went to a kind of garden where people frolicked, due to the great masses of trees, fountains, bushes and vines, it appeared like they were free, it was hard to see beyond the greenery which gave the impression that compared to the main city where its difficult to see the sky, you where surrounded by this lovely unshackled forest.
However, when you do get a glimpse beyond the trees you see a grey wall, slightly destroying the freedom aspect, bringing you back to the realisation that no matter where you go in metropolis you are never free, there are always walls to keep you in.

When we see the inside of Jon Frederson's place of work all the doors were gigantic compared to the tiny humans in scale. The windows and floor space were also incredibly spacious.  The movie tended to look out at the entire city on a regular basis, each time it did it was like a constant reminder of how grand the city was and how unimportant the people are. You can't see the floor, its like another that low down is no where near as important in comparison.

Freedom was a constant factor in this movie, as the people "behind the scenes" of the great city, "slaves" where forced to maintain the city in a very bound way. We first saw this when Freder went behind the scenes of the city he'd never seen due to how privileged he was because he
"wanted to look at the forces of my brothers and sisters".
When we saw them working they moved almost like automatons.
The son had never seen the 'true kingdom', which was just covered by machines there was no inner beauty.

                                                                                   The working class is forced to work in the depths,                 unseen and hidden. "someone has to stay at the machines".
There was interesting scene where metropolis had a prince and pauper scene. Freder still in the depths of the city exchanged clothes with a worker, traded lives.
However due to the massive difference in their lives the original pauper man went a little haywire with the instant richess.
 Inside the holding area for machines there was no sunlight, to even get there they had to walk through a tunnel which almost makes them seem like rats.

I noticed when freder's father had sent a man to track him, he resembled the city, tall, dark, and unwelcoming.

We see a kind of "sanctuary" for the works in the depth where the woman of freder's desire lies.
The entrance to the place is ruff, steps are uneven, floor is dirt/muddy/dusty. Area looks like a kind of ancient burial where dead bodies where stored in gaps in the wall.
However where she preached the steps leading up to the altar were well made, there was lights behind her.

Near the end of the movie when the lead woman leads the children to safety/ the robot leads the rich to view the poor die, she wears light grey compared to everyone else who wears dark coloured clothes. Which as an optical subliminal message, the eye is drawn to the lighter colours, which identifies the importance of the character(s).

She talks about a mediator bringing the brian and the hands together, which can only be done becuase of the heart.
This does slightly resemble the cit y itself. The taller more noticed buildings which the rich folk can be known as the brain due to how high there are, and the workers as the hands on account that they aren't blinded by richess, and objects and assuming they are the nicer of the two. But the two never collided because there was no heart, no mediator to bring the two together.

The men in the moon bbciplayer

Currently watching someones version on the men in the moon.
On BBC iplayer, will be uploading pictures, since ie only read one extract of the book this helps with extra imagry, for concept ideas.

Pretty strang and lucky that men in the moon was actually there to watch which I stumbled in by chance.

May of thought too much about this...

Ok so the title of the book is the first 'Men in the moon'...

How can there be men in the moon? Don't they mean men on the moon? you can't get inside the moon...
By men do they mean alien, if so do they think they spawn from inside the moon, which can't be possible because its solid all the way around.... Was it just a big typo?

What did they mean ........

Extract 1's Influence map

Maya Section unit 1: For Alan's attention

I dunno where my final work went.... Thats really wierd....
I'm posting my detective work again since, blogger took it down...?
any who here it is.

I noticed my bottle looked half empty and I can assume it was done to my detective drinking half of it.

Sorry about the delay Alan.

Perspective : The men in the moon..

I have been lead, by the descriptions on the first extract, to take a different perspectuve of the moon, rather than small crators, just like how we imagine it to be from our far scopes.
It will be on a larger scale, making humans the small inferior people to the area, the crator the men land in will be large, with gaps simular to that of caves in which they navigate and find the "life" they describe in the first extract.

Concept artists......








The Cabinet of Dr Caligari

Due to the fact The current unit we're on revolves around the enviroment of the movies we are watching, I was more focused on how the "space" in the movie was used. So my 'review' will be slightly different from the others I've written before hand.

We watched the origianl 'The cabinet of Dr Caligari' made in 1920 directed by Robert Weine.
Noticed it began in a forest, we were shown very little of the surrounding, so the overal shot was very small so the audience go the jist of the surroundings.

The second place we were shown was the town of  Hostenwall. Which was a completly abstract town, as if it were drawn / manufactured by three artists, Hermann Warm, Walter Reimann and Walter Röhrig.

Hermann warm, having previous movies like vampyr, under his belt famed for its " Dreamy washed out horror sensibility". "Warm was an important figure in the expressionist movement."

-Wikipedia (15.7.2010)

All the buildings were nonfunctional like the picture above. All the buildings were misshaped, warped and tended to be elongated.
I also noticed in every scene all the buildings were so close together, like the town would swallow you up. This forced the inhabitants to push past each other, and invade each others privacy.
After learning that both writers, had lived through the first world war.

I believe the way they wanted th town made was to almost reflect their displacement after having been through the war. this, surreal civiliasation they were ment to live in and almost pretend like the war never happened as they were to continuing living thier lives from where it left off.

So to reflect this the created a city which was abstract, yet people pretended like it was normal, and just dealt with it.

The characters were also abstract in my mind. The 'somnambulist' i.e. sleep walker. Reflected the town, he was tall, and even in the scene before he kidnapped the only girl mentioned in the film he walks with his arm straight up, how his legs bend with a straight line, all emphasizing how he is walking making right angles.
The significance of this scene is by holding his arm up straight, he becomes one with the scenery, becomes a straight line. Almost makes it hard to tell if he's on of the may painted shadows..

Near the end of the scene whenever they showed dr caligari running from his asaiglants, he'd always run up the screen and further up the imagery the perspective line wasexagerrated, i.e the set was made smaller at the top to give a flase impresion that the plain we were seeing was deeper than it actually was.

The make up on Cesare was a triangle, or half a square, to do with modernism, like the rest of the set work.
I truly believe this movie was about perception.

when we see the hospital from outside it looks normal, unlike the rest of the town. When we get to dr. caligari's room, everything is back topsy turvey, abstract and surreal.

The twist at the end showed me something important. This movie was all about perception, we were forced to looked through a mad man's eyes but in his eyes the sane people were insane, and the insane were sane, it was only when we got to the end of the movie when we finally get to see the story with our own eyes, we see the protagonist, in a straight jacket, and the "Dr" looking fresh and clean cut, saying " He thinks I am that mystic Caligari !"
Ironically when we still see through the eyes/perception of the madman. when he shouts "You fools, this man is plotting our doom! We die at dawn! He is Caligari!" We've seen the evidence making this statement true, which is why we are also confused when we see the "bad guy walking free from the hospital".

                                                                                                                            -imdb, unknown
Did notice halfway through there was guy who looked like Hitler. According to "The framing story is controversial, because it was added to the original script which had been an analogy for World War I"

-Micheal, goatdog

http://themorbidimagination.com/category/art/, caligari's artists. accessed on 25th oct, 2010.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermann_Warm#cite_note-1 accessed on 25th oct, 2010.
http://movies.tvguide.com/cabinet-dr-caligari/review/132143 accessed on 26th oct 2010
http://goatdog.com/moviePage.php?movieID=464 accessed on 2010