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I don’t have the will to write any further re: war than I have in my previous post, and so in order to fulfill the requirements of Tuesday’s assignment, I’m going to do something a bit different. I’ll post the unabridged version (I will literally edit nothing, even if it makes zero sense) of my notes in this post. I’ll type them up instead of scanning them in for you to read. My handwriting is sometimes rather illegible, due to it being strictly cursive. Perhaps my notes will reveal something in their presentation that I would not choose to say in a more standard write-up.

Eng. 308 / Notes on Night and Fog

  • Credited as one of three “assistants a la realisation” is Chris Marker himself! (Does that mean he was a producer or donated film stock for the making of the film?)
  • SoG (Source of Gravity): Slow, Unexpected Reveal –> Opening shot is a scene of beauty at first glance but is shown to be the view from inside of a former concentration camp
  • SoG: source of gravity –> narrator makes it personal and gives us names of people who were sent to the camps, upended from their daily routines (but, notably, these individuals do not become the subject of the docu-essay — still their story, but not told from their perspective)
  • closeness/nearness of outside world an illusion (as in first shot) –> we see them, it is explained (gen. structure)
  • unflinching show the fates of those in the camps incl. a basket of decapitated heads
  • Question of film: Who is responsible? –> also applies to present and future generations (ie. any such similar threat to humanity)

Regret To Inform Notes (Eng. 308)

  • Parallel of “her” loss with Vietnamese cases of loss, as well –> also, other U.S. women
  • Sympathy/timing –> evocative but almost too much of a “story” –> ie. on her birthday, on the 20th anniversary of his death (seems too convenient) –> however, things are triggered in this way (or, rather, they can be).
  • Personal lens –> we see faces of those who have lost their loved ones (thereby personal stories are used as illustrations of an event bigger than the constituents parts of each story — macro via micro.

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