Article name Essay on Sociocultural Analysis of Cinema: “Assassination Nation” by Sam Levinson
Authors Kolomeytseva E.B. Senior Lecturer,
Bibliographic description Kolomeytseva E. B. Essay on Sociocultural Analysis of Cinema. “Assassination Nation” by Sam Levinso // Humanitarian Vector. 2022. Vol. 17, No. 2. PP. 203–212. DOI: 10.21209/1996-7853-2022-17-2-203-212.
UDK 316.74
DOI 10.21209/1996-7853-2022-17-2-203-212
Article type Reviews
Annotation Cinema is an open self-referential system that is capable of influencing society through film images, changing the position of viewers on certain issues. Thereby, socio-cultural analysis of a film “Assassination Nation” by S. Levinson (2018) is topical. This film was chosen for analysis because it claimed to be an up-to-date artistic reflection of cultural, informational and political events that had taken place in the recent past in Europe and America. Hypothesis of the study of this film is that the director Sam Levinson, using manipulative means of film language, inspires the audience as a society for a positive perception of marginal and deviant images, which can create the prerequisites for real deviant behavior. The author undertook a comprehensive analysis of the film images in order to identify the propagated ideas of neoliberalism and deviance. The analysis of the film was carried out using a systematic approach to cultural phenomena and using quantitative and qualifying methods of cultural studies and sociology. The methods in use elicited main themes and microthemes. These are the themes of private life freedom, dangers of data alongside the Internet, inability of women, transgender people and gays to fight legally for their rights, social cruelty of the crowd. Research hypothesis is confirmed. The director of the film choses delinquent methods of solution of social problems, using manipulation of the audience and propaganda of delinquent behavior. In this case, the filmmakers use methods to promote marginal behavior related to the current political agenda. This connection reveals a more global connection between the film industry and changes in social institutions. The results of the study can be practically used within the framework of special courses in cultural studies and media criticism.
Key words sociocultural analysis of cinema, visual analysis, content-analysis, critical discourse analysis, quantitative analysis, film sociology, delinquency
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