Ideology

April 2nd, 2010

In Jean-Louis Baudry’s ‘The Apparatus”, he goes back to the story of the men in the cave. He brings in Plato and how he made the apparatus like a sound cinema. However, there is no sound with these shadows on the wall in the cave. Without sound, there is a sense of ambiguity, which closely relates it to reality. I agree that without sound there is a sense of ambiguity because everyone watching the silent cinema can interpret it a different way since there is nothing being stated as fact. However, I don’t know if ambiguity makes seem like reality, since there is sound in the real world. Additionally, when a film ends on a note when it is ambiguous and the audience must figure out what happens in the end, I do not think that is real life. Life goes on and things are resolved and figured out.

Mary Ann Doane makes a bold statement in her first paragraph saying, ‘The silent film is certainly understood, at least retrospectively and even in its time, as incomplete, as lacking speech.” Although I agree to this statement, it is a powerful statement. I agree that sound adds a lot to a film. Dialougue and music can alter the audiences views on a specific character, and bring out emotions that just movement cannot. There is a scene in the film Moulin Rouge by Baz Luhrmann where a song is playing in the background of what would seem like an ordinary scene. However, when listening to the lyrics, the audience is able to understand a deeper meaning to the scene, making it more emotional for the viewer.

In Robin Wood article, he brings all the theories together in stating that while there are many theories with different outlooks on cinema, an audience member can not choose just one theory to be correct, but can take a little from each one. Although this statement may cause controversy since many of the theories contradict each other. He then brings in different components for the audience to be aware of while understand cinema. Some components are capitalism, marriage and family and success and wealth. These are some ideologies that many cinemas use. However, I was wondering if there are any films that don’t use these ideologies, but find a new idea to show to audiences. Would that film do well, since it is the only one of its kind, or will it be a flop since it is not like the other films out and people like to see what they know they will like.

In ‘Cinema/Ideology/Criticism’, it states that a film for the most part will give off a certain ideology that belonged to the makers of the film, without even knowing it. I agree to this statement because the creators of the film, director, producer…, these people are the ones creating the film so it is their ideology and choices that make the film what it is. Even if the filmmakers try to make the film completely unbiased, the film is a product of them so there will be a little of their ideology in the film. Yes, I’m sure there are examples of films that do not give off any ideology, but that is in the minority.

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