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By Mikel J. Koven, Sharon R. Sherman

Curiosity within the conjunctions of movie and folklore is greater and extra different than ever. Ethnographic documentaries on folks lifestyles and expression stay a necessary style, yet students comparable to Mikel Koven and Sharon Sherman are also exploring how folklore parts seem in, and merge with, renowned cinema. they give the impression of being at how video clips, a favored tradition medium, can besides be either a medium and kind of folklore, taking part in cultural roles and conveying meanings in general present in different folkloric varieties. They therefore use the method of folklore reviews to “read” movies made for advertisement distribution.

The individuals to this booklet examine movie and folklore convergences, exhibiting how cinema conveys vernacular—traditional and popular—culture. Folklore/ Cinema will be of curiosity to students from many fields—folklore, movie reports, pop culture, American experiences, background, anthropology, and literature between them—and might help introduce scholars in numerous classes to intersections of movie and culture.


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Elvis Gratton 43 Pierrette Thibault’s 1993 definition of sociolinguistics in the Dictionnaire critique de la communication describes the Labovian approach to linguistics, that is, acknowledging a community as having its own communication system subject to variations according to constructed identities (1993, 286). The variation of French represented by jouale is an example of the way language works in the Elvis Gratton films to draw in particular listeners and identify a specific group in Québec.

Falardeau became a controversial film director with separatist, sociodemocratic ideals that bordered on cultural manifestos and were in keeping with left-wing nationalist movements. ” Such a monster was specifically manifested in the second feature film, Elvis Gratton II: Miracle à Memphis (Elvis Gratton II: Miracle in Memphis) (1999). After the first Elvis Gratton film won the award for best short fiction film at the Festival de Lille in 1982, and then a 1982 Genie Award in Toronto, Falardeau and Poulin sought to continue the adventures of the “héros national du bourrelet” (fat national hero).

For one female student in Montréal, Elvis Gratton is the embodiment of the universal idiot (Cormier 2004). The general impression is that Elvis Gratton is grotesque, extreme, raw, and antiseparatist. Ultimately, Elvis Gratton does not embody the Québécois people as a whole; he represents all that is hated by separatists, one of many subpolitical groups in Québec. How then can Elvis Gratton qualify as a hero? Perhaps the character’s essence is not heroic according to the director’s views, but his popularity has made him legendary.

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