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Преподаване на история на киното чрез YouTube
Teaching cinema history on YouTube

Author(s): Petia Alexandrova
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Film / Cinema / Cinematography
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките
Keywords: YouTube; classics; trailer; silent films; cinema history

Summary/Abstract: The same problem of how and where to provide the students with the necessary set of classics for free faces all Bulgarian teachers, who include in their curriculum watching old films. Here is when YouTube comes to the rescue: the channel is deemed to be something of a rich public e-library. YouTube developed and established an optimal solution: potpourris of films, selected spectacular scenes, videos for clickbaiting, offering abundant support materials in terms of information and context: interviews with film directors, analyses by experts or just layperson, various charts. Still, with all the increased opportunities, what happens in fact? Though YouTube usually offers the full versions, or at least when it comes to the classics, students would radically transform them in their individual manner, using the media’s advantages: watching only a selection of certain scenes, trailers that would never be pieced together into a film, as well as coloured versions with accompanying soundtracks, more often than not in the universal English language. Of the whole range of choices, the easiest and shortest is preferred, never opting for the authentic idea of the film as made by its authors, for its natural rhythms and dramaturgic development.

  • Issue Year: 2021
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 43-48
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Bulgarian