Respond to each of the following questions.
Each response should be 1 – 2 paragraphs.
Each question is worth 10 points (30 points total).
Due Friday at 11:59 p.m.
1. In the interview clip, Fernando Solanas discusses the film he directed with Octavio Getino, The Hour of
the Furnaces, “The conjunction of these two vocations, the aesthetic or artistic one and the sociopolitical
one, is going to be expressed in that film, which took me 4, 5 or 6 years to make….The Hour of the
Furnaces is divided in parts of 40 or 50 minutes, there are even inter-titles saying ‘open space for debate.'”
Discuss this quote and its importance in Third Cinema.
2. What characteristics did you observe in the 1963 short film Borom Sarret directed by Ousmane
3. In the 1993 article “The Uniqueness of Ousmane Sembène’s Cinema” François Pfaff explains, “With the
open-endedness of most of his plots, Sembène trusts the viewer’s imagination to prolong his films. This
explains his frequent use of freeze-frames, which in a way indicates that the plot goes beyond the actual
ending of the motion picture. In such films as Borom Sarret, Mandabi, and Ceddo, he leaves his spectators
with a choice between several alternatives as the films end, and the didactic value of such endings is found
in the discussion they may trigger after the film screenings.” Discuss your reaction to the ending of the film.
What is the impact of having the film end in this way?
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