The Network views television as a life consuming poison. Something that should be turned off and stay off because of its deceitful nature. The audience seemed to be infatuated with the man standing in front of them yelling. The main message was that television was not reality, it consists of lies.
The irony is three-fold. One, the man is attempting to get people to listen to him about turning off their televisions while he is one television. Two, he is preaching that nothing on television is real and he collapses to his death while he is on television (how can you get more real than that). Three, the audience applauded his death because they thought it was an act.
His message was not entirely wrong, however. The average American turns on the television and turns off the brain. We sit day in and day out as drones on a couch not really doing anything but wasting time. Only occasionally does something worth while get absorbed.
These two clips are tied together in various ways. First Mick Jagger is in both clips. Second, these clips utilize Jagger’s status to gain the attention of the audience. These clips are attempting to combine The Rolling Stones and the black power movement. These artists use music and the speed of image change to emphasize the theme behind the images shown and to gain the attention of the audience. Two contrasting themes run throughout the film. Performance shows the contrast between death and sensuality. Music is used to enhance each theme. For example, when talking about death the music is loud and harsh in comparison to the soft soul-try music used when showing images of sex and sensuality. Fast cutting too and from each theme. A faster cut time is used when themes of death are displayed to show the harshness of the word where slower cut times are used when themes of sensuality are being displayed to show the softness of the word. These techniques were also used in Sympathy for the Devil.
The early clips of The Rolling Stones, shown in class, were in black and white. The Stones were shown playing in a crowd of people and simple camera techniques were used. For example the frame would either show a wide shot of the whole band or a close-up shot of each individual. Their clothing was as simple as the stage and their “dance moves”. In the later black and white clips the camera would pan the crowd and the stage was raised so The Stones were higher than the crowd.
Color brought a whole new style to the way The Rolling Stones were filmed, the way they dressed and the way they acted on stage. In the video “Satisfaction”, superimposed images opened the video. The camera would dart around, quickly flashing from the crowd to the band and back. Varying camera angles were used and the lead singer was more of a focal point. The Stones’ clothing became more colorful and they used the stage more (moved around on the stage, danced, etc). In 2006 The Stones were filmed on a Vegas-like stage (lots of lights, glitz and glam). It was filmed from a camera an audience member had and the band looked like ants. The only way to see The Stones clearly was on huge TVs set up on stage.
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