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This programme is intended to make viewers more aware of the various ways in which pictures nay be used to support assertions, especially on television. Oswald Hanfling, Lecturer in Philosophy at ...The Open University, discusses a number of pictures and sequences, mainly from other A101 television programmes, and distinguishes some of the different relations between pictures and words, in particular how pictures may support words as proof, evidence illustration or background.
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Module code and title: A101, An arts foundation course
Item code: A101; 02
First transmission date: 22-02-1978
Published: 1978
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Duration: 00:24:00
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Producer: Richard Callanan
Contributors: Neil Cunningham; Oswald Hanfling; Clinton Morris
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Debate; Midsummer Nights Dream; Peter Brook; Philosophy; Television
Footage description: From the studio Hanfling argues that while pictures themselves cannot lie, when allied with words they can assume many different meanings. He explains that the programme will look at specific examples of the use and abuse of TV. His first example involves Neil Cunningham acting the part of a very agitated television announcer, to stress the importance of the personality on T.V. Hanfling introduces another extract (from A101/06) in which Peter Brook talks about his production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Hanfling maintain's that Brook's strong personality enchances what he says. Hanfling introduces a short humorous sketch, and afterwards explains that it is dependent upon editing for its success. To prove his point he compares a long unedited discussion from A307/18 with the much more interesting edited version. Hanfling uses four short clips of a house with four different commentaries over, to explain the following different functions performed by television pictures: proof evidence; illustration; background. The four short clips are run through again. Hanfling introduces a short series of film extracts to test the viewers understanding of the use of pictures as proof, evidence, illustration and background. First is an extract from A101/26 on Charlotte Bronte's interest in art; then part of A101/22, on Constable's interest in trees. finally an extract from A101/2 Ruskin's views on Gothic architecture. Between these extracts Hanfling comments on the use made of pictures as evidence, illustration and background. The extract from A101/29 is played again, so that Hanfling can stress the use of pictures merely as background to the commentary. He concludes by summarising the points made in the programme. Credits.
Master spool number: 6HT/72746
Production number: 00525_3441
Videofinder number: 2596
Available to public: no