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29 Jul 2009
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The tensions between Claude Chabrol's use of realism and his stylized artificial mise-en-scene

Thesis - 11 pages - Film studies

Jacques Rivette defined mise-en-scene as 'a precise complex of people and decors, a network of relations, a moving architecture of relationships somehow suspended in space' (1954: 44). In the films of Claude Chabrol, the mise-en-scene seems to embrace this definition. On the one hand his...

28 Jul 2009
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Science and religion in The Prestige

Thesis - 3 pages - Film studies

Christopher Nolan's The Prestige is a complex film dealing with issues other than magic. The movie touches on life themes such as family, love, and relationships, but it also talks about religious themes such as truth and sacrifice. The movie starts off with the narrator, Cutter, giving an...

15 Jul 2009
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Sociological concepts in Forrest Gump

Thesis - 3 pages - Film studies

The movie Forrest Gump tells the story of a man's life, from his childhood days in Alabama to his later years aboard a shrimp boat. This movie has many sociological ties and presents a limited picture of the culture and society from the 1960's up to the present-day. The movie follows Forrest...

15 Jul 2009
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Finding truth in the documentary - an analysis of the form and ethics of born into brothels

Thesis - 4 pages - Film studies

Born into Brothels explores the lives of several children raised in India's notorious red-light district. Directed by photojournalist Zana Briski, the film chronicles the filmmaker's attempts to enroll the children into various boarding schools, all the while depicting their efforts at...

13 Jul 2009
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Frankenstein and the problem of visual representation in film

Thesis - 3 pages - Film studies

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly is a classic novel that was written nearly two centuries ago. The title of the book is a reference to the scientist in the novel, Victor Frankenstein, who creates this creature that has the likeness of a human, but is larger and stronger, somewhat like a...

13 Jul 2009
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Comparison of Pride and Prejudice: The novel and the Bollywood adaptation

Thesis - 3 pages - Film studies

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”(Austen 2001: 3). This is the well-known first line of Pride and Prejudice, the acclaimed novel by Jane Austen published in 1813. This line establishes the framework...

10 Jul 2009
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Masculinity and clerks

Thesis - 4 pages - Film studies

In Clerks 2, Director Kevin Smith resumed the lives of two convenience store workers from his 1994 film Clerks. Smith's movies traditionally appear vulgar and devoid of cinematic integrity upon first glimpse. On closer inspection the viewer can derive complex character development and thematic...

07 Jul 2009
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The Hours: A cinematic analysis

Thesis - 5 pages - Film studies

The Hours is the title of a film that was released in 2002. It is also the name of a book by Michael Cunningham released in 1998, on which the film is based, which itself is based on the classic novel once under a working title of the same name, later to become known as “Mrs. Dalloway”...

16 Jun 2009
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Be a thinker, not a stinker: How Sylvester Stallone flouted his own dialogue

Thesis - 4 pages - Film studies

Rocky (1976), written by and starring Sylvester Stallone and directed by John G. Avildsen, grossed $225 million worldwide after being shot on a paltry $1.1 million budget. Although film critics and historians, like Peter Biskind, often seem to classify Rocky as a ?post-New Hollywood feel-good...

10 Jun 2009
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Juno: What's good for you?

Thesis - 7 pages - Film studies

Sex, sex, sex, and more sex. We're so egotistic in this country. I remember my adolescent issues teacher in high school raising a question to the class that still resonates with me: “Does the media dictate the people in society, or do people in society dictate the media?” Sitting in her...

08 Jun 2009
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Edward Cullen and his To-Be-Looked-At-Ness: Reversal of the cinematic gaze in Twilight

Thesis - 6 pages - Film studies

Twilight is the unabashedly melodramatic, vampire-meets-girl love story of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan, and despite its clear success it still seems to be strange material for the first huge literary phenomenon of the twenty-first century. The author Stephenie Meyer has a tendency towards the...

14 May 2009
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Essay about sin city (Franck Miller & Robert Rodriguez)

Thesis - 5 pages - Film studies

I am going to talk about Sin city, an action, detective and all in all fantastic film released in 2005, directed by Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, and Quentin Tarantino (but only for the sequence in Dwight's car, in which he talks with the policeman Jackie, while he (Jackie) is dead). Sin city...

11 May 2009
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The American TV series as an entertainment product (2007)

Thesis - 4 pages - Film studies

In September 2006, the traditional film du dimanche soir was deposed on the first two hertziennes French channels by three TV series. These three TV series are American ones: CSI (Les Experts), Without a Trace (FBI, port├ęs disparus) and ER (Emergency Room, Urgences). After having being seen as a...

09 May 2009
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The US cinema industry (2005)

Thesis - 3 pages - Film studies

When I try to imagine a typical American family, the first image which comes to mind is that of a perfect family with beautiful (their teeth have to shine) and rich parents and beautiful and healthy children, who live happily in a small house somewhere in the countryside in a small village. A...

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. Indeed,...

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 Stella...

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 meaning-making, acting...

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 presentation that...

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 era, comedy...

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 would become 30...

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 ratings have...

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 the film in many...