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Art Vs. Classical Film In The Cinema

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The many debates about art cinema versus classical cinema have been going around for a while. The mainstream Hollywood classical film and the art cinema are frequently presented as opposites. In one, the style of the film is bland, while the other seeks to center its focus on the visual becoming central as narrative unity. Throughout the movie directed by Stanley Kubrick called 2001: A Space Odyssey, we see that this film can be classified as an art film. On the other hand, it can also be seen as classical film. Even though these two are the complete opposite and they contradict themselves, they are both apparent in the film.
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During the rest of the film, there were many parts where space looked real and the space shuttle looked real as well. Also, after the beginning scene, we see a sequence that shows the gorillas. These gorillas then started fighting, and they sounded like real gorillas. Even though they were special effects, the director did a good job in making them look real, and the noises they were making also sounded good. In one of the next few scenes, we see the earth while there is a floating object next to it, and we see the space shuttle go by underneath it. This shows some more special effects that the director used to prove that it could be considered an art film. The director decided to make this film very ambiguous, which confused the audience. For example, the ending leaves everyone confused, with many questions about what just happened, which is something an art film would display. Also, the story does not unfold as if it were in the present with key events occurring in consecutive order, which does display art film techniques. There are also no obstacles for the characters to overcome. The only time that a character does overcome an obstacle is when Dave disconnects the computer as it begs for its existence. Other than that, the obstacles are within a routine. Overall, this film can easily be classified as an art film, due to the specific aspects that occur.
The way classical films are displayed in todays age can somewhat be very predictable. The story goes in chronological order, there is a protagonist who has a goal, there is a little bit of romance, and the ending makes sense. This movie exemplifies the way a movie is supposed to be filmed. It has a beginning, middle, and end, even though it is quite confusing, the story line fits within the classical film qualities. Kubrick uses three segments to break down the movie. It starts off with the classic theme song, and begins at dawn in prehistoric Africa, as it then moves on to the Dawn of man, then Jupiter mission and finally, goes to beyond infinity. This movie creates a sense of realism; which can be classified as...

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