IAH209 Michigan State University Art Visual and Culture


Answer the documentation for “Question” below.Each unit’s lecture/notes will contain four or five simple but fundamental questions. By the end of the course, a student should have answered at least fifteen of those questions from across all units. This exercise is purely to encourage students to come up with their working definitions/understandings of terms, concepts and ideas. You will be graded on originality, depth and clarity of thought. There are a total of 33 questions. I hope that the answer number of each question is not too short. I will provide some information you can refer to. You can also search for materials online. I will tell you each movie name in each unit.37 mins ago

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Unit 0
Question 1
Was there any particular movie or filmmaker who sprung to mind while
reading the introduction to the film textbook? How do you relate the ideas
expressed in that introduction to your own film experience?
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Question 2
Filmmakers are often considered auteurs. This means that the filmmaker
has a signature style, a trademark technique by which her/his films can
be easily identified. Are there any favourite filmmakers of yours that
you would consider an auteur?
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Question 3
Through the course of film history there have been various artistic
movements such as the French New Wave and Italian neorealism. There have
also been various political movements like Third Cinema and the Los
Angeles Rebellion. Hollywood itself has seen various shifts from
classical Hollywood to the Hays Code era, to film noir etc. What moment
of filmmaking and film viewing are we in currently? The movies you watch
and filmmakers you patronize – do you think they belong to a certain
movement – artistic, political, social, commercial – or present a certain
belief of the era?
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Unit 1
Question 4
How do you feel about Belasco’s food triangle? Do you agree that there
are only 3 major factors that influence every food decision you make? Can
you think of an alternative vertex in the triangle
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Question 5
What is the most interesting food related socio-political incident that
you’ve heard of/read of in recent times? (You can also look through recent
news to see if anything catches your eye). Who are the various stakeholders
in the issue? Can you break it down into components of identity,
convenience, and responsibility?
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Question 6
We live in an era where we’re obsessed with food shows AND reality shows.
We have channelS dedicated to food in all its glory. The question here
is simple. Why?
What is the impetus that drives us to food media? Unlike reality contests
that deal with visual or aural talent, as audience members we can neither
taste nor smell the work that these contestants create. And yet, The Great
British BakeOff is one of the most popular shows in Netflix. How would
you attempt to explain this?
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Question 7
How would Chef fit into current trends in American cinema? Would you
say that this is a typical Hollywood film? Would you say it’s a typical
“Indie” film?
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Question 8
What are the major trends in food in your immediate cultural surroundings?
How do you understand this trend in terms of the food triangle?
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Question 9
I invite you to contemplate on the food truck. It has changed its purpose
so many times over history. But as it stands now, and I’m sure you have
patronized a food truck or two in your recent years, what is the point
of the food truck? Is mobility and freedom of movement really the purpose,
or is it that food trucks automatically imply authenticity? What was the
USP of a food truck for Carl Casper
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Unit 2
Question 10
We return to the question of authenticity. Why is it important? Why must
certain food be authentic?
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Question 11
At this point, I urge you to start thinking about the idea of a cuisine,
and a national cuisine at that. Italy, as portrayed in Big Night, has
a clearly defined cuisine and eating habits. What is the cuisine of your
country? Alternately, how would you understand an American cuisine; what
are the staple foods, habits, flavours, cooking methods that make up an
American cuisine?
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Question 12
Between the three restaurateurs, Primo & Secondo, Pascale, and Carl Casper,
who is more indicative of the American Dream? (keeping in mind that the
American Dream is malleable and shape shifts)
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Unit 3
Question 13
Which seems to be a more dramatic cultural clash: Italians immigrants in
the US, or American/Western culture in Taipei?
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Question 14
Eat Drink Man Woman is the third installment of the “Father Knows Best”
trilogy. What did father know, and did he know it best? In other words,
would you agree with this movie being included in a trilogy by that label?
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Question 15
IF you’ve watched the 2001 film Tortilla Soup, how would you compare the
main engagements of the film with those of EDMW?
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Unit 4
Question 16
Apart from the overarching Western, what other popular genres did you see
parodied or paid homage to in Tampopo?
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Question 17
What did you think of the gender dynamic of food preparation in Tampopo?
Do you think it was indicative of a societal pressure? Or, given that it
is basically a parody of Western culture, that Tampopo is actually
critiquing Western media’s treatment of gender roles?
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Question 18
In the film, is ramen representative of a certain social class or group?
Like in the US, ramen is representative of the typical college dorm
experience. At other times, it’s gourmet ethnic cuisine.
In Tampopo, what set of experiences does ramen represent?
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Unit 5
Question 19
What did you think about the role of media/social media networks
in Crow’s Egg?
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Question 20
What were the most striking features of class difference in Crow’s
Egg in terms of cinematography, costume, sets, or performance or other
cinematic elements?
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Question 21
Do you think the intermittent musical interruptions in the film took away
from your viewing experience?
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Unit 6
Question 22
What was your biggest takeaway from Wasted!? Which food practice might
you be more inclined to pick up from the documentary?
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Question 23
Wasted! delves directly into the “responsibility” vertex of Belasco’s
food triangle. But are there factors that influence how responsible a
person can be? For instance, some claim that being environmentally
conscious is a luxury only the rich can afford i.e. organic foods are more
expensive. Do you think Wasted! glosses over the accessibility issues
in being responsible with one’s food?
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Question 24
What kind of documentary was Wasted!? Pessimistic (think Inconvenient
Truth) or optimistic? What was at the crux of its argument?
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Question 25
A documentary by default is an argument. And like any good argument it
utilizes the principles of persuasion: ethos, pathos, and logos. Which
of the three do you think dominated in Wasted! and its ability to
persuade you as a viewer?
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Unit 7
Question 26
Would you consider vampires to be human? And if they are, do their eating
habits make them cannibals? Conversely would you categorize them as
monsters? Are they different from werewolves?
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Question 27
How do the vampires in
fit into vampire stereotypes?
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Question 28
The movie begins with the promotion banner of the New Zealand Documentary
Board. And yet it is categorized as a mockumentary. What makes this a
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Question 29
What are facets of vampire myths that this film left out?
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Unit 8
Question 30
What were some of the more horrific depictions of cannibalism you’ve come
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Question 31
Zombies, as the lore goes, are has-been human forms. Do they count as
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Question 32
How would you fit cannibalism into the food triangle?
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Question 33
Of all the food practices you’ve watched through this course, where would
you rate unit 8 in terms of things that were disturbing to watch?
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