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ERIC Number: ED056016
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 281
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Understanding Film as Process of Change: A Metalanguage for the Study of Film Developed and Applied to Ingmar Bergman's "Persona" and Alan J. Pakula's "The Sterile Cuckoo."
Koch, Christian Herbert
This study develops and applies a way of talking about that transformation or change occurring in the mind of a film viewer as he views a film. This articulation is expressed in a metalanguage constructed along parameters of a game situation. The terminology employed in the articulation is derived from contemporary French structuralism and semiotics. The specific method used in articulating the transformation is that of abstracting, or naming, syntagmatic (transformational) and paradigmatic (categorical) relationships from the film (using a system of classification based on the work of Christian Metz) and then comparing these relationships, in the light of psychonalytic theory, to syntagmatic and paradigmatic relationships in an individual's verbal responses to the film. This abstracting procedure is given significance and validity by placing it in the following four parameters of a game situation: Game players share a common understanding of (1) the goal of the game, (2) the rules which determine an acceptable move in the game, (3) the way in which a winner is to be determined, and (4) ways in which a poorer game player can become a better game player. (Author/CK)
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