La Haine - Need Help!
Posted 07 January 2008 - 05:31 PM
I'm writing up a simple 1000 word report based on La Haine. Here is the project brief: http://homepage.ntlw...as/file.php.doc
I'm not asking anyone to do it for me or anything all I'm asking for is perhaps some usefull sources of information for listing. Be it from DVD's, web sites, books or whatever.
Reason being I have to write this in the typical degree style format (listing all references)
The problem I have is that I learnt everything about this film from my teacher back in college. I don't know of any good sources. (And I can't go listing my teacher 20 different times..)
Any help with this will be appreciated.
Posted 07 January 2008 - 06:58 PM
I saw this film a couple years after it was made, and it had quite an effect on me as a youngin'. It really appealed to my generation and demographic of the time, musically and in the film references it made (the obvious one being "Taxi Driver"). And coming off of the "new generation" in filmmaking (ie Tarantino among others) it fit right in, even though it was a French product.
Looks like I'll be Netflixing this one
Posted 07 January 2008 - 07:59 PM
The commentary is very detailed, perhaps you can reference that and the films it borrows from?
Obvious influences are anything in the Spike Lee catalogue as well as Scorcese's "Mean Streets".
Jodie Foster does a lengthy introduction on the Criterion disc where she drops a lot of film references.
I'm sure you can get some mileage out of that.
Post that report when you're done.
Posted 07 January 2008 - 11:56 PM
I looked at your brief and it appears you have to do both a historical context and media context.
Start here: Oxford Journal of French Studies Vol. 61 No. 4
Wasn't La Haine shown at the Tate Modern this summer? Check what Paul Goodwin has written (Goldsmiths)
Posted 08 January 2008 - 06:23 AM
Posted 10 January 2008 - 12:10 PM
I'll check out that BFI library at some point... shame I couldn't for this (not in London right now) but it sounds interesting.
Posted 13 January 2008 - 03:27 PM
Studied that film for my Film Directing Class.
I found some influences by Scorcese, and interestingly enough at the time, Raging Bull. Perhaps it was the Cinematography, particularly the B&W, use of Space, Composition, and the long take.
Posted 09 February 2008 - 03:33 PM
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 03:34 PM
it reminded me of a few years ago, maybe even around the time i first watched the film, and in manchester, some art students had placed these full sized model cows around the town. was pretty cool.
yeh this message has no relevence in it what so ever, but i think writing an essay on la haine in college was the first time i ever had a problem trying to take stuff out to keep to the word count. so much to write about
Posted 21 April 2008 - 04:38 PM
on La Heine.
I also like the cow motif, still wondering what significance it has if any.. Ill think about it..
Posted 28 April 2008 - 05:17 PM
What are peoples opinions about the symbolism of the cow that Vinz (sic?) sees throughout the film...?
When they were filming La Haine, the banlieue (which, I'm told, comes from the word 'banished') they shot in had a circus camped in the fields next to it with camels and lamas just walking around with the 'projects' behind them. Kassovitz thought this was visually unusual and looked to him like a scene from a Fellini movie. He also says in the film's commentary that there's an old French saying, 'mort aux vaches!', which means 'kill the cows' (literally, death to the cows) - in the UK a similar thing would be 'kill the pigs!' - the cow in the film represents this saying.