Writing in 1962, Andrew Sarris claims that there are three criteria that define the “auteur.” After reading his essay carefully, make the case for a director that you feel is an auteur. Tell the class why s/he fits those criteria. (For those of you familiar with him, please do not pick David Lynch, as his films will form the core of our new unit.)
Let’s reflect further on the question of Art vs. Exploitation from today’s class. Please reply to this blog post by referring to one film example that makes a case for Jose Mojica Marins as a serious artist, and another example that suggests he is a showman selling cheap thrills for profit. After careful reflection, where do you come down on the question I pose in my title? Is the director an artist, an exploiter, or both? Explain.
In Santo Vs. Vampire Women, the professor-protagonist reports to Santo:
“we’re living in a time when things are perfect for the resurrection of monsters here on earth.”
Truer words cannot be said of the Mexican exploitation cinema (“mexploitation”). For this first blog post, contribute a 100-word entry that reflects on the use of monsters in this genre. Why monsters? You should think on a macro level (monsters are universal fictions, after all), but also social and political issues pertaining specifically to 1960s Mexico.
In connection with your reading of The Hammer Story, by Marcus Hearn and Alan Barnes, provide a 100-word post responding to the trailer for one of the films we will watch within our genre unit: “Horror of Dracula.” How does this trailer display the Hammer signature style when it comes to the horror cinema? What is that style? Explain.