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ERIC Number: ED244315
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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Movies as Political Communication: A Theory of Popular Representation.
Combs, James
To understand film as a form of political communication, movies must be regarded as an art form made both with commercial and aesthetic considerations and with cultural, industrial, and artistic traditions in mind. Filmmaking must also be viewed as a process or as a temporal activity of a culture. Through political mediation, or the process of connecting the past, present, and future temporally to reach a reality that reconciles present contradictions, popular art informs the general public about "what's happening" politically. Movies are a part of the popular aesthetic experience of our epoch and may be studied as part of the visual activity of our popular culture. In studying films as artifacts of mediation, there is a focus on intention, or the motives of the creators; however, auteur criticism is difficult because of the highly collaborative nature of filmmaking. Content is inferred from verbal and visual structure as linked to a psychological or sociological theory. A film's impact or popularity generates inquiry as to why a particular theme or genre is successful. The criteria of adequacy used to select films for study include cultural-political themes, mythic relevance, cultural identification, dramatic power,and memorability. (CRH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Political Communication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (34th, San Francisco, CA, May 24-28, 1984).