Key Terms, Ideas, Figures

This is a list of some important terms and ideas. It is NOT exhaustive. Your exams may touch on some of these items, but they will also touch on other items as well. The terms marked with an asterisk can be used as guiding concepts in your final paper. The list of further terms below the divide are ideas for
  • Aesthetic value
  • Leni Riefenstahl
  • The 1936 Olympics
  • The Triumph of the Will
  • Low-angled shot*
  • Wide-angled shot*
  • Hoplite
  • Phalanx
  • Facsism*
  • Susan Sontag
  • Point-of-view*
    • Objective vs. subjective point-of-view*
  • Focalization and point-of-view shot*
  • Camp*
  • Formalism vs. content*
  • Appearance vs. reality*
  • Nature vs. culture*
  • The Fisher King
  • Akira Kurosawa
  • 180 degree rule*
  • Extreme close-up*
  • Samurai (as a class)
  • Bushido
  • Hermeneutic code*
  • Proaieretic code*
  • in medias res*
  • metatheater*
  • intertextual*
  • intratextual*
  • id*
  • ego*
  • superego*
  • diegetic and non-diegetic sound
  • banlieue
  • pathetic fallacy


Here are some concepts that we haven’t discussed in class (at least formally), but could make for good concepts to use in your paper.

  • Telephoto lens (and the shots that this makes)
  • Pace
  • Lighting
  • Realism
  • Cross-cutting
  • Montage
  • Musical soundtrack
  • Asynchronous sound
  • Deep Focus
  • Shallow focus
  • Dissolve
  • Wipe
  • Ellipsis
  • Tracking shot
  • Fade
  • Framing

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