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09 Aug 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

11 Mar 2010

The America's: In women's hands

Thesis - 2 pages - Film studies

The film The America's: In Women's Hands provides a look into Chilean politics and the role women played in political transitions and regimes. In Chile, tradition and the Catholic Church defined women's role in society and the home; thus, Chilean women's politics have been motivated by...

04 Mar 2010

Distinctive pleasures offered by independent features

Thesis - 8 pages - Film studies

The definition of what makes a film “independent” has been difficult to clarify with polarized opinion on whether independent status depends on finance or alternatively Andy Warhol's nihilistic perception of “independent” as meaning opposition to the dominant media on several...

04 Mar 2010

No country for old men and evil

Thesis - 6 pages - Film studies

Evil is a term widely used, but rarely definitively defined. It is by definition, bad, and undesirable. But beyond this, every person has a somewhat different perspective about what evil is and to how to define it. It is possible that some evil is inescapable and is simply a part of life. But...

28 Feb 2010

American Beauty: Evaluation

Thesis - 2 pages - Film studies

If you're like me, you really enjoy a good movie. A good movie captivates us, makes us hold our breath and helps us forget the world around us. A bad movie has the audience itching for it to end, or to somehow improve. At the very worst, a bad movie will make us angry that we...

24 Feb 2010

Film analysis - The dreamers

Thesis - 2 pages - Film studies

Once the protagonists of “The Dreamers,” Matthew, Isabelle, and Theo lose access to the “Cinematheque Francaise,” they become even further cut off from the reality beyond the apartment. In fact, nearly the whole film is shot within the magical rooms and tight corridors...

23 Feb 2010

A review of Schindler's List

Thesis - 1 pages - Film studies

The little girl in the red coat was in color because she was made to stand out from the rest of the crowd so that the viewer of the movie would be able to easily recognize her. Having one particular person stand out that was not a main character, gave the viewer a person to follow all the way...

21 Feb 2010

Drunken deconstruction

Thesis - 4 pages - Film studies

Drunken Master (Woo-ping Yuen, 1978) stars legendary martial arts film actor and kung fu master Jackie Chan. Even though it is a comedy and contains nonstop action, and fight scenes, the film does contain some very serious political and historical undertones and has a wide influence culturally on...

13 Nov 2009

Sexual minority film analysis

Thesis - 6 pages - Film studies

The traditional culture of China is one of the world's oldest and most complex cultures. Its intricate system of moral, social, and political philosophy derives from two social values: Confucianism and Taoism. Both worldviews emphasize government rule and social order. Rituals and customs, set as...