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07 May 2009
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Ambivalent London: "Match Point", Woody Allen

Thesis - 8 pages - Film studies

Match Point is a movie which was directed by Woody Allen in 2004. It was shot in London. This movie tells the story of Chris, a man looking for a new life. Throughout the movie he seems to find it. As a coach in a private tennis club, he becomes friend with Tom Hewett before going out with his...

07 May 2009
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Modern Times (1936), directed by Charlie Chaplin

Essay - 4 pages - Film studies

First, I will talk about the historical context of the film. Chaplin goes around the world during sixteen months. When he comes back to Hollywood, in 1932, he observes the economic and social results of the Great Depression, which made, in two years, seven million unemployed in the US. ...

07 May 2009
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Movie review: Trainspotting

Essay - 4 pages - Film studies

Many films deal with drugs. Among those, there are - Scarface, The Godfather, Revolver and so on. This theme is popular in Anglo-Saxon cinema. Trainspotting directed by Danny Boyle is a film which deals with drugs in a blunt way. A group of friends, in the nineties, in Edinburgh, are only...

07 May 2009
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Hollywood film genres: Melodrama

Essay - 4 pages - Film studies

“Something else besides a mother” this was Stella Dallas' excuse to her daughter in order to alienate her bond with her daughter and secure the latter's marriage into the upper class society. Discussing the key-scenes of the film that reveal the two contradictory roles...

30 Apr 2009
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National cinema and tropes of horror: Guillermo del Toro's "The Devil's Backbone" - Representing fascism through hauntology

Thesis - 5 pages - Film studies

Horror films, rich in texture, are capable of interpretatively referencing specific national contexts. Using the supernatural, these stories can aid in understanding national themes by correlating particular social ills or historical periods with the uncanny: the film's...

26 Apr 2009
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The murderers among us: Post-War German rubble films. The complexities of thematic and visual meaning

Thesis - 9 pages - Film studies

This paper will discuss the first post-world war II film to be made in Germany. The film, entitled The Murderers Among Us (Die Morder sind unter uns, 1946) was directed by Wolfgang Staudte. It is the first in a series of films, which are collectively entitled (Trummerfilme) which means postwar...

22 Apr 2009
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From Cagney and Lacey to Law and order: Women in the workplace as seen on TV

Thesis - 8 pages - Film studies

“Do you have kids, Detective Benson?” asks the pleading face of a father, guilty of murdering his son's rapist. Detective Olivia Benson's eyes glaze over with a familiar look of longing, and the audience sees her softening to the man, letting out a breath while muttering “No.”...

22 Apr 2009
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I'm at the 'Window':A look at voyeurism in the cinema and society

Thesis - 5 pages - Film studies

We all carry certain expectations with us when we go see a film at the theater. We expect the room to be dark, though we make exceptions for the beam from the projector behind us, the track lights showing us to our seats. We expect quiet, hence the ads preceding the feature...

14 Apr 2009
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The social commentary of anarchy and romance

Thesis - 4 pages - Film studies

The “modern” comedy can trace is roots back through a number of places. From as far back as Ancient Greece comedy has been one of the most pleasurable forms of entertainment. From the plays of Shakespeare, to the vaudeville era, and all the way into Hollywood's silent...

12 Apr 2009
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Rocking the boat: How NBC's 30 Rock is subtly stirring things up

Thesis - 15 pages - Film studies

In the summer of 2006, Tina Fey announced her departure from Saturday Night Live after six seasons as the head-writer of the legendary late night sketch show. She had decided to pursue a new ambition, a primetime sitcom based in part on her experiences working at SNL. That show...

08 Apr 2009
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Alienation in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "Happy Together"

Thesis - 5 pages - Film studies

The turmoil surrounding the ending of a relationship is universal. For this reason t is well-covered territory in popular culture. Tales of heartbreak and reconciliation are a staple of the Hollywood film industry. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) and Happy Together (1997) both...

05 Mar 2009
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Leaders of the New Wave: An essay on Louis Malle and Jean-Luc Godard

Thesis - 4 pages - Film studies

Jean Cocteau once wrote, "true realism consists of revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing." But where do we find this "true realism?" Since our reality is blinded by our habit, daily rituals, obligations, and preconceived notions, it seems fruitless...

20 Feb 2009
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How does the 1976 film network accurately reflect ideologies and practices of modern television?

Essay - 5 pages - Film studies

The ideologies and practices evident in modern television are succinctly foreshadowed in the 1976 Hollywood classic, Network. This prophetic Oscar-winning film satirically dramatised a series of predictions, most of which were fulfilled in modern television. The film shows that...

05 Feb 2009
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Formulating nationalist conversations: An investigation of the function of West African Cinema

Essay - 4 pages - Film studies

Traditional African filmmakers, considered themselves part of an emerging third world cinema and used film as a tool of revolution, a means of political education to be used for transforming consciousness, however now there is a new generation of filmmakers that have been supposedly "freed from...

27 Jan 2009
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Film Critique: The Asphalt Jungle

Essay - 4 pages - Film studies

The first wave of urgency to escape the world of corruption, greed, and immorality inside the shady underground of the urban city ("the jungle"), is brought forth by protagonists Dix Handley and Alonzo Emmerich in two scenes of John Huston's The Asphalt Jungle. The first scene takes place in...

27 Jan 2009
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Spike making Malcolm his own

Essay - 7 pages - Film studies

Despite intentions to stay true to an original source, a director's view will almost undoubtedly change certain elements of the film. This happens in the case of Malcolm X. Spike chose not to tell the story chronologically, as the autobiography mostly does, and this adds to...

19 Jan 2009
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Analysis of do the right thing, spike lee (1989)

Essay - 4 pages - Film studies

Do the Right Thing was released in May 1989 in Cannes. Spike Lee directed, produced and wrote the screenplay for the film. It tackles the subject of race relations by depicting the ethnic communities of the Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, where Spike Lee grew up. Spike Lee plays the...

16 Jan 2009
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What makes a popular soap opera?

Essay - 6 pages - Film studies

A soap opera is a work of fiction taking the form of a serial, generally televised or radio phonic. They made their appearance with the radio in the Thirties. When the large networks started to develop, naturally these series followed .This designation comes from the fact that the first American...

16 Jan 2009
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Comments on "Thank you for smoking" by Jason Reitman in the light of business ethics

Essay - 3 pages - Film studies

“Thank you For Smoking” is a movie from 2005, about a tobacco industry lobbyist, Nick Naylor. As the negative effects of tobacco on health are no longer easy to deny, the tobacco companies join in the creation of the Academy of Tobacco Studies. The purpose of this academy is to prove...

15 Jan 2009
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Shrek

Essay - 5 pages - Film studies

Shrek the ugly, antisocial Ogre is happy living by himself in his swamp, frightening away any visitors, until he rescues a non-stop talking donkey and then gets invaded by a host of displaced fairy tale characters, evicted by the evil Lord Farquaad who wants to chase away all different and...

13 Jan 2009
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The African-American cinema: Between protest and integration

Thesis - 4 pages - Film studies

The invention of cinema happened at the very same time as the establishment of the segregation in the South. This social and political system, which advocated prejudices and inequality of races, is definitely going to stigmatize the nature of the relationships between the American cinema and the...

12 Jan 2009
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Sound in two Hollywood films: 'singin' in the rain' and Thelma & Louise

Essay - 3 pages - Film studies

Singin' in the Rain is a musical created in 1951 by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, Thelma & Louise a road movie created in 1991 by Ridley Scott. These two works could sound different; nevertheless they have a common point, which is the important role of sound, and especially music,...

12 Jan 2009
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Olivia Ruiz in concert at the Bataclan on 3 and 10 of April 2006: From "the real TV" to "the real artist performer"

Essay - 3 pages - Film studies

In France, the Loft Story TV programme paves the way for the real television. Now, lots of viewers watch “ordinary” people eating, sleeping, and arguing… Overnight these stage actors become famous just having talent to be on television. Andy Warhol was right when he said “In...

12 Jan 2009
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Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliette

Essay - 6 pages - Film studies

Romeo+Juliet and Moulin Rouge are two movies directed by the eccentric Baz Luhrmann. In these love stories, Baz Luhrmann especially stake on the visual and the abundance: the abundance of decorations, the abundance of colourful visuals (Moulin Rouge « uses the colourful musical setting of...

12 Jan 2009
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Pornography in the Finnish context

Case study - 3 pages - Film studies

Since 1970s, some changes have been made in the Swedish and Finnish pornography market. The consumption of pornography has increased in terms of supply, variability, and accessibility. Pornography and pornographic material for a variety of tastes can be obtained in convenience stores, (sex)...

12 Jan 2009
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The representation of American teenagers in films during the 1950s and 1990s

Thesis - 13 pages - Film studies

The ‘teen film', ‘teen flick' or ‘teenpic' has changed since the 1950s when it started to define itself through Juvenile delinquency films. As was recently commented, ‘the teen flick has lost its shiny innocence and become a cynical brute' (Maher; 2006: 13). Over the course of...

12 Jan 2009
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Representations of gender and sexuality in films

Thesis - 7 pages - Film studies

‘The street's getting worse everyday here. The whores were bad enough but the drags are wiping us out. I can't stand the drags. (…). They confuse transvestism with a circus. Worse, with mime'. In All About My Mother (Almodovar; 1999), the character Agrado stresses the importance of...

12 Jan 2009
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The X-files (1993-2002) - A cult text

Thesis - 7 pages - Film studies

The X-Files (1993-2002), about two government agents investigating unsolved cases relating to paranormal activities, was a quality drama which became a cult hit with audiences and subsequently an international cultural phenomenon, generating vast amounts of secondary texts including merchandise...

09 Jan 2009
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Sex and the city: Analysis of a sitcom

Essay - 4 pages - Film studies

Sex and the city is a popular American cable television program, which is adapted from Candace Bushnell's book of the same title. Sex and the city was the idea of a single woman in her thirties writing about relationships and using that column as a tool of self-discovery about her own life,...

09 Jan 2009
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Film studies: signs and postmodernism

Essay - 4 pages - Film studies

‘L.I.E: Long Island Expressway. You got the lanes going east; you got the lane going west. You also got the lanes going straight to hell...' Thus opens L.I.E., a film about a fifteen-year-old boy who becomes involved in an unusual relationship with a much older man. Here, the first words of...