Reading Film (Fall 2011)

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American time capsule

November 21st, 2011 by Kaitlin Stevens · No Comments · Uncategorized

How can one represent 200 years in 2 minutes and 45 seconds? Seems like an impossible task, doesn’t it? We maybe for the average Joe, but not for Chuck Braverman! In his short film, American Time Capsule, he captures America’s history in various pictures composed into somewhat of a slideshow. He doesn’t even use dialogue, just background music! But is the real history of America appropriately represented in Braverman’s short slideshow? Depends on who you ask. I personally do not believe it is an appropriate representation because although nothing about the slideshow misrepresents anything about American History, it certainly doesn’t give each event or time period the recognition it deserves. American Time Capsule is not a film that could be interpreted correctly by various audiences. I assume only an American with general knowledge on American history would understand the film. If a foreigner were to view this film they would probably have no idea whats going on and be confused by the lack of information and explanation.

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