MODULE A – INTERTEXTUAL PERSPECTIVES

unpack the assess question

YOU MUST CONSIDER THE CONTEXTS AND THE PURPOSE OF EACH COMPOSER

George Orwell?

  • Outsider
  • Spent early years in India as a lonely boy
  • Took a job in Burma with the Indian Imperial police
  • He became at odds with British colonial rule
  • Rejected Victorian social and family values
  • He viewed socialists, fascists and communists as repressive and self-serving
  • Remained skeptical of governments and their willingness to forsake ideals in favour of power
  • WHAT WAS ORWELL’S PURPOSE IN WRITING 1984???

 

Fritz Lang?

  • “I ran away from home… any decent human being should run away from home.” Fritz Lang
  • Had an affair in Belgium… then moved to Brussells.
  • Born in Vienna.
  • First film viewed in 1917. In Brussells. He like dry martini.
  • He was cheeky… “bluffing” for free top-ups of gin.
  • He had an eye for beautiful girls.
  • He worked as a free-lance photographer.
  • He was fascinated by “moving pictures”. He started writing them – but did not film them himself.
  • 1918 – He was sick. He was near-sighted (which is why he didn’t fight in WWI).
  • He was an opportunist – and a clever negotiator.
  • He acted in a play –for 1000 kronon.
  • From this play – he was approached to make films in Vienna. He was employed as a “dramatorcue” (the ‘story’ writer. He had no idea about making film
  • Some time after the release of Metropolis, Lang was summoned to the ‘Ministry of Propaganda’ by Goebbels (Hitelr’s right-hand-man and master of propaganda) and “offered” the position of film director of all future Nazi (propaganda) films. He responded to the job offer by fleeing to Paris.

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