Film & Theater studies

Assignment 1 Film & Theater studies

1. How television is like theater a. Lynn Spigel, “Make Room for TV: Chapter 5, “The People in the Theater Next Door” b. In Spigel’s essay, she described how early television had strong and deep ties to
theater. Spigel emphasized television appeal to its audience as “intimacy, immediacy, spontaneity” and which these three crucial factors played a key role in providing television a sense of authenticity. These factors aspired to provide the home audience a sense of having a perfect experience of live theater, which also brings uniqueness to television that audiences could watch a live performance in the front row without any interruptions. It is to say, television had played a role in the entertainment medium to amplify theatre. She then goes on to express the method of early television address the family audiences. Spigel said that family comedy “integrating two types of theatrical traditions that early television embraced.” This comprises theatrical realism that allows acting to convey a sense of authenticity and also adapt features from vaudeville to create humor but developed in a more genteel theater as well.
c. The Big Bang Theory d. Spigel had mentioned in her essay that sitcom “combined ridiculous, zany, slapstick
and sight gags with the realistic characters and story development of more genteel theater”. The Big Bang Theory as a widely-known American television sitcom compromising between these two types of theatrical aesthetics had perfectly verified her statement. To make sure that television was like theater, Big Bang Theory was taped in front of a live studio audience so that it can be filmed as if the actors are performed on a stage, which delivers a sense of naturalness and authenticity. According to Spigel, it is necessary to “maintain aesthetic distance between actors and audiences”, which is also appears in the Big Bang Theory that actors never look into the camera, in order to create an illusion of reality. Besides, BBT is a TV show that mainly focuses on a popular fan base. Although it doesn’t contain any visible violence and sexual innuendo that would scare off the young audiences that most vaudeville has, the character and plot setting of BBT is in a way adopting from the vaudeville that Sheldon and other scientists are both highly intelligent while silly in dealing with the actual society.

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2. Theater/live performance as a path to the authentic self a. Abigail De Kosnik, “Drama Is the Cure for Gossip” b. In relation to the contemporary tv shows, Professor De Kosnik in her essay discussed

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