I have read the stupid Kracauer book, including the 2004 introduction that explains all the ways it is stupid, up through the chapter on Caligari. Which is the film I'm writing about. So I've read the important bits. Except it will keep on referring to it after that, so there's probably more bits I should read, but still. I read it. I win at study.
... now I have a headache. *sigh*
Also, I put little post it flags on the bits with useful or interesting quotes, and basically every page has three of them, so they're not massively helpful now. I just doubled the width of the book or something. Sticky notes of doom.
I don't know what I'm going to say about Caligari. ( Read more... )
... okay, actually, I seem to know what I'm going to say in my essay about Caligari.
Now I just need to make it fit the learning outcomes, refer to other sorts of art (Expressionism, pretty easy with Caligari), and draw on bits from other modules (not so much easy, will have to poke more carefully). Oh, and decide on the exact phrasing. Something like "Explore the significance of Dr Caligari's glasses" maybe.
... and I have a bunch of weeks to make it say it. Essay hand in is a couple of weeks away even without the usual extensions.
On the other hand, I still need to make a coherent presentation tomorrow
and whenever I practice in my head it keeps changing. Also I am supposed to have done a critical commentary of my own short story, and I haven't, and due to the headache I'm pretty sure I won't tonight.
And I have less than 8 hours to get 8 hours sleep, but since I only woke up six hours ago that's really not going to happen.