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29 Sep 2010
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A pychoanalytic study of Hitchcok's Spellbound

Essay - 5 pages - Film studies

Alfred Hitchcock has often been cited as a film-maker who used the Freudian and Lacanian theories of psychoanalysis and applied them to the narrative of his films. Spellbound is a film which uses psychoanalysis as a plot device; psychoanalytical elements are found both in the characters, like in...

29 Sep 2010
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Heavenly Creatures

Worksheets - 2 pages - Film studies

Heavenly Creatures is a film dating from 1994 set in the 1950s telling the story of a relationship of two young school girls. It shall be shown how this film is an example of postmodernism, and the feature named pastiche will be considered in depth showing how this film can be so defined...

29 Sep 2010
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Rear Window as an example of Panopticism

Essay - 2 pages - Film studies

Panopticism is a concept that stems from the work of an eighteenth century philosopher, Jeremy Bentham. He was trying to figure out how to build a prison in which the guards could see the prisoners in such a way that the prisoners could never come to know they were being watched upon. Although...

19 Aug 2010
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Film analysis: Hunger Point

Thesis - 4 pages - Film studies

The 2003 film, Hunger Point, tells the story of Shelly Hunter—a 23 year old struggling with anorexia—through the narration of her older sister, Frannie. While Shelly's presentation of anorexia is typical and conforms to the DSM-IV-TR criteria for a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa, the...

19 Aug 2010
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Mona Lisa Smile

Thesis - 2 pages - Film studies

The media is unarguably one of the strongest, if not the strongest, forms of message conveyance. It is through the media: music, television, movies, magazines and other media outlets, that we learn what is socially and culturally acceptable. Pieces of media that leave a lasting impact are those...

17 Aug 2010
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The reality in Koreeda's film Nobody Knows

Thesis - 2 pages - Film studies

As we take a cursory look of the city, we notice that the society appears to be very lively, crowded, bustling and excited. However, as we gain a deep understanding into reality, we may notice another dimension to this feeling of togetherness. The gray side of humanity is illustrated through the...

12 Aug 2010
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Film analysis: Rear Window Alfred Hitchcock

Thesis - 2 pages - Film studies

According to the New York Times, 67% of people's personal favorite news stories are the ones where people perform acts of bravery in order to save someone's life. Saving the life of another person is truly a notable deed. Many people who risk their lives to perform daring acts of bravery...

11 Aug 2010
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Organizational behavior and The Pursuit of Happyness

Thesis - 2 pages - Film studies

In the movie The Pursuit of Happyness, examples of Organizational Behavior exist through the entirety of the movie. Based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the main character of the movie, Chris Gardner, is an individual whom is extraverted, as is exemplified in his very outgoing, sociable, and...

09 Aug 2010
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Justice defined: A look at The Oxbow Incident

Thesis - 2 pages - Film studies

The only way to see justice is to be blind. The blindfolded image of Lady Justice is an ideal for how the American legal system should be. The statue is blindfolded because she cannot allow anything but objective reasoning to decide how justice should be dealt out; if she does,...

05 Aug 2010
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An anthropological analysis of Fight Club (1999)

Thesis - 2 pages - Film studies

Fight Club, a 1999 movie directed by David Fincher, has been heavily lauded since its release ten years ago. It was loved by all sorts of people for its gritty portrayal of violence, the brilliant acting, and its twist ending. But beneath these things lie some deeper themes that have boosted this...

04 Aug 2010
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Food for Moloch: The Cyborg as worker

Essay - 1 pages - Film studies

In Sue Short's book on Cyborg Cinema, she progresses by discussing the Cyborg as a worker. The word “robot” is derived from the Czech word “robota” which means “enforced labor.” In turn, Aristotle referred to slaves as “living tools”. It is easy to see then...

04 Aug 2010
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Let your doll be your guide: Women as an appendage for moral structure

Book review - 3 pages - Film studies

In the male dominated industry of Heist films, women are often portrayed as a nuisance or hindrance to the goal of the heist. Heist films create a binary between work and leisure which is demonstrated by the criminals' relationships with the women in their lives. In the film Heat, Neil McCauley...

30 Jul 2010
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Mean Streets: Movie analysis

Thesis - 4 pages - Film studies

Mean Streets marks the origin of long collaboration of filmmaker Martin Scorsese with actor Robert De Niro, and marks the beginning of the works of a remarkable duo. After making several films, including the autobiographical feature film Who's That Knocking at My Door (1968) and Boxcar Bertha...

30 Jul 2010
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Being there as a study of symbolic interaction

Essay - 2 pages - Film studies

After observing Chance the Gardiner become ‘Chauncey Gardiner' in the movie Being There it is easy to see why this film is such an excellent representation of many of the concepts in Symbolic Interactionism. Although many sociological notions are represented in the movie quite well,...

30 Jul 2010
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Gladiator and The Grinch: Movie analysis

Thesis - 4 pages - Film studies

Throughout Gladiator we see the character of Maximus go through many stages of development. From hero to zero and then back to hero again, Maximus is changed. He is portrayed as blatantly physically frightening and at times unfortunate and pitiful especially when he realizes he has lost his...

30 Jul 2010
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Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

Thesis - 2 pages - Film studies

Many times when I watch a movie, I ask myself, why in the name of all things good am I watching this film? Who in the world would ever find this entertaining or interesting? What purpose could this possibly serve? These and many other thoughts went through my head while watching The Phantom...

30 Jul 2010
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American Beauty: Film analysis

Thesis - 3 pages - Film studies

I believe that we enjoy watching movies because for a brief moment in time we can escape from reality and be transported to different places and live vicariously through the characters depicted in the film. American Beauty is the story of the last year of Lester Burnham's life and the choices he...

30 Jul 2010
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Movie analysis

Thesis - 2 pages - Film studies

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, a vivid imagination brought to the screen by Chris Columbus which was adapted by J. K. Rowling's book of the same title. A story of an orphan who discovers he is a wizard; and a wizard that saves the day and in the process wins our hearts and minds. The film...

29 Jul 2010
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Anti-Semitism revealed in Gentleman's Agreement

Thesis - 3 pages - Film studies

In Gentleman's Agreement, Phil Green, acted by Gregory Peck, embarks on the exploration of the anti-Semitic influences that Jews face, for a series that he is hired to write for a magazine. After long consideration he comes to see that the best way to communicate the experience of Jews, and not...

29 Jul 2010
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Film analysis: Ed Wood's Personhood

Thesis - 4 pages - Film studies

Tim Burton's 1994 film Ed Wood is a meaningful parody that brings to life the biography of Edward D. Wood Jr. (a struggling filmmaker, actor and writer who reveals his identity as a heterosexual transvestite) as he would have filmed it. Wood comes to terms with his fetishes and the comfort he...

29 Jul 2010
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Strawberry Homophobia

Thesis - 3 pages - Film studies

The 1993 film Fresa y Chocolate, directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, exposes homophobia as a product of the double standard of the revolution and the lack of sexual education in Cuban society. The movie focuses on the relationship between Diego, a flamboyant gay older man that dedicates himself to...

28 Jul 2010
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Bollywood: On the road to conquering a challenging world market

Thesis - 6 pages - Film studies

The topics studied under this heading will include: a lack of attraction for foreign investors, low profitability, and a lack of international recognition for Bollywood owing to the inadequacy of Bollywood films in international market, and the structure of the Indian film industry. Our objective...

28 Jul 2010
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Comparison of depictions of Native Americans in Ford's films

Thesis - 2 pages - Film studies

An examination of Hollywood films of the past, particularly those that fall into the genre of the Western are entertaining, but also serve as an interesting window into the context of Native American relations in the nineteenth and twentieth American centuries. The two movies Drums Along...

19 Jul 2010
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The song of Alfred J. Prufrock: Critical reflection

Thesis - 2 pages - Film studies

Professor Arnold Weinstein's expertly expounds upon T.S. Eliot's personal and professional background to provide valuable insight in reading and perceiving “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” Eliot's “elitist, cosmopolitan, and international” language and social...

05 May 2010
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Philadelphia

Essay - 3 pages - Film studies

The issue of HIV and AIDS in America in the late 1980's is one laden with sociological importance; the film Philadelphia (1993) attempts to address some of the issues surrounding this disease and question society's behavior around diseased individuals and its repercussions. Philadelphia is a film...

13 Apr 2010
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Dr. Strangelove or How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb: A satire that says a lot about the military and political system in the 1960's

Thesis - 2 pages - Film studies

In this term paper, I analyze the themes of Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb; what Screenwriter/Director Stanley Kubrick was trying to say in this film. Then I compare the themes to the topics of the 1960's and to the present. The film is a satire of the Cold...

01 Apr 2010
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Dexter's duality

Essay - 3 pages - Film studies

The opening credit sequence for Showtime's hit thriller, “Dexter,” clearly marks the series as an innovative, provocative, and darkly spun show. The opening credits nearly mirror the start to Mary Harron's 2000 “American Psycho,” and with good reason. Dexter Morgan represents...

01 Apr 2010
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Storytelling and Hitchcock's Psycho

Essay - 4 pages - Film studies

Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 masterpiece Psycho intricately weaves the seven elements of storytelling in a clever and highly stylized fashion. Hitchcock, known for his meticulous attention to detail, elaborately illustrates his character's traits with the use of mise-en-scene subtle mannerisms. The...

01 Apr 2010
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Lolita's Prison

Essay - 2 pages - Film studies

In Nabokov's book Lolita and in Stanley Kubrick's film of the same name, Lolita's role never sheds light on her character's interiority. Instead, Nabokov and Kubrick use men to convey the suffering of poor Lolita. The book is told from the perspective of the lecherous Humbert, and his conception...

25 Mar 2010
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3 voices analyzing "Drums along the Mohawk"

Thesis - 3 pages - Film studies

Drums Along the Mohawk,” a film made by John Ford from 1939. It is adapted from an historical novel of the same name. The film recounts the actions, relationships social and political tensions of the Mohawk River Valley during the American Revolution. The subject of this paper is the...