In this paper I will argue that understanding the context of a film is vital for a more in-depth understanding of it and I will accomplish this through a deep analysis of the following films: Flowers of War, Edge of Heaven, Battleship Potemkin, and the Big Heat.
Additionally not only knowing the historical, social, and political background of a film and how the ideas in this film were form,but also how this film affected the society and the point of view of individuals,because after all film is not only affected by the context in which it is created ,but the film also affects individuals are catalyst for change in societies and cultures.
I do understand that there is merit in watching a film with a blank slate and not knowing the context of the film,but I feel as though one gains a lot more from the film after knowing the historical, social, and political background of a film ,because then one is able to pick up on more of the subtle in films that make them great, especially themes and symbols.
Flowers of War is a Chinese historical war film directed by Zhang Yimou about the massacre of Nanking. This massacre also so known as the rape of Nanking took place in the late 1930s in the Second Sino-Japanese war. In this film we are able to see the deep hatred of the Japanese people,just like a lot of films from this time.
On the other hand Edge of Heaven is a 2007 Turkish-German film directed by Fatih Akin that shows both the good and bad effects of globalization. It shows globalization as a both a separating and bringing together force. This film is a story of conflict, filled wit political conflicts that effect individuals in their daily lives and cause them personal conflict. A film in where the characters must face death , and most importantly depicts a divide between cultures,geography, and languages found in the film.
Battleship Potemkin is a silent film directed by Eisenstein from 1925 that was used as a propaganda film for the Russian revolution commemorating the uprising of 1905. This film not only representing the past,but also helped shape the ideas of other as a propaganda film. The film was about men who rebelled against...