Orson Welles's Influence On Film

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Four things from the beginning of the semester I enjoyed learning about and am still extremely interested in are Orson Welles, the Lumiere Brothers, Silent film and the German expressionist movement. I find Orson Welles interesting due to his life, his three career transitions, and how he had so much talent that was wasted because of his ego. Welles’s life is extremely incredible seeing he had three incredible careers. His start in the theater is interesting because he obviously was talented, but he still decided to move away from it into radio. This move is fascinating due to Welles being an actor who also used his body to express his parts. With radio, he completely loses the physical expression he was able to use when on the stage. Even …show more content…
I mean I think it is incredible that they made the first film capturing camera on their own. They also were not fully funded and famous inventors like Edison. They owned a bike shop for Pete's sake and they built the first camera. That is fascinating and from what I learned we have no clue how they figured out how to capture film. The brother’s influence on film throughout Europe is unbelievable. Within their travels, I would go out on a whim and say due to their segmented films they influenced Russian montage style film. Their influence shows in Russia with Russians films using short scenes of film. making you believe certain things that really didn’t happen, aka a montage. The Lumiere’s may not have used montage on purpose, but with their travels across Europe and into Russia the Russian’s who did see their films or draw influence from them definitely learned to use short clips like the Lumiere’s to create full films. One final thing I find interesting is how the Lumiere’s hobby turned into a billion-dollar business in really less than 100 years. I think it is amazing how inventions that people make to satisfy their love for a certain hobby can become such an important part of everyday …show more content…
Its realm of inspiration is astounding. It inspired noir films that run from cop films all the way to BLADE RUNNER. The dark overtones of Expressionist films fascinate me and influence films to this day. The reason dark overtones fascinate me with how they are used to bring out ethical questions that cause me to think about the film and their statement on the world. I also love seeing the modern use of German Expressionism in films like INCEPTION. The major ethical questions raised in expressionist films intrigues me as well. Metropolis is just a fascinating piece of art and it is a great example of how Expressionist films use dark overtones and expressionist film style to create a film with massive ethical questions and implications. I believe this fascination with ethical questions comes from people’s desire to question the world around them. German expressionism actively uses its art style to raise these questions in film and is why it is such an inspirational

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