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09 Jan 2009
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Schubert's piano trio in e flat in Barry Lyndon, Stanley Kubrick, 1975

Essay - 2 pages - Film studies

In this paper, I will analyze the use of Schubert's piano trio in e flat op. 100 in Barry Lyndon, a 1975 Stanley Kubrick's film. First, I will consider the music independently of its original context. In a second part, I will see how Kubrick uses it in its film, and whether the music fits in the...

09 Jan 2009
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Postmodernism and cinema

Thesis - 7 pages - Film studies

‘It's about flights of fantasy, and the nightmare of reality, terrorist bombings, and late night shopping, true love, and creative plumbing.' (Gilliam; 1985). This tagline for the film Brazil highlights most of the concepts present in postmodernist criticism of cinema and television. Indeed,...

18 Dec 2008
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Disney: The beauty is the beast

Essay - 7 pages - Film studies

Walt Disney Productions is a multimedia conglomerate, not only producing a majority of the children's cinema on the market today, but also submersing itself in the children's toy market, owning television stations such as ABC and the Disney Channel, and even creating their own town called...

18 Dec 2008
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Alice and Anna: The women of 'Closer'

Essay - 9 pages - Film studies

Feminist film criticism during its glory days focused on three major themes: the objectification of women on the screen, their marginalized role in the narrative, and the effect that movies as a product of popular culture have on that popular culture. These three perspectives, which began to be...

18 Dec 2008
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Masculinity in Korean and western films

Essay - 5 pages - Film studies

Korean cinema has made significant progress over the years. Two of the greatest Korean movies are A Stray Bullet (Obaltan) directed by Yu Hyun-mok (1960) and The Coachman directed by Kang Dae-jin (1961). A Stray Bullet is about a man named Chul-ho who leads a life of honesty and morality. Despite...

18 Dec 2008
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Dark comedy in the films of Joel and Ethan Coen

Essay - 6 pages - Film studies

Joel and Ethan Coen have made eleven very different films since 1984. From a film noir set in rural Texas to a Homer's “Odyssey”-inspired convict film, their films jump from genre to genre. Each one, however, is imbued with the Coens' authorial signature. Their heroes are flawed, their...

25 Nov 2008
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The cultural effects of Sacha Baron Cohen's 2006 film Borat

Essay - 5 pages - Film studies

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's 2006 film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan has garnered much critical attention for its humor, both positive and negative. Cohen plays an extremely bigoted Kazakh journalist named Borat trying to understand...

21 Nov 2008
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Kurosawa's samurai films and the Westerns that were inspired by them

Essay - 7 pages - Film studies

The films of Akira Kurosawa, from his adaptations of Shakespeare's plays to his samurai films, have influenced filmmakers from the 1950's to the present. This influence is most obvious in the Westerns that were adapted from his samurai films. In 1960 “Seven Samurai” (Kurosawa, 1954) was...

21 Nov 2008
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Cinema of the absurd: The baby boom generation in The Big Lebowski

Essay - 4 pages - Film studies

After World War II, America experienced what would eventually be termed the “baby boom,” in which about 75 million births occurred between the years of 1946 and 1964. The “baby boomer” generation has been constantly examined since its inception, and the world during...

21 Nov 2008
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Sexuality in modern melodrama

Essay - 7 pages - Film studies

The depiction of sex and sexuality in American cinema was slow in maturing, but in the last two decades there have been a growing number of popular melodramas that depict sex as a meaningful part of a relationship. This practice distinguishes modern melodramas from the classical Hollywood type....

17 Nov 2008
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Films on the ongoing war in Iraq

Essay - 14 pages - Film studies

Since the start of the U.S. war in Iraq in early 2003, the citizens of the world have been bombarded with news coverage the likes of which has never before been seen in the history of armed conflict. Likewise, the world of cinema has embraced the conflict in Iraq in many varied forms and with...

17 Nov 2008
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Similarities in the films of Alfred Hitchcock

Essay - 4 pages - Film studies

Alfred Hitchcock's “Strangers on a Train” (1951) carries with it the signature of its auteur director. Hitchcock's other films are marked in the same way using similar themes, character types, and storylines. “Strangers” is most similar to “The 39 Steps” (1935) and...

17 Nov 2008
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Women in the films of Jean-Luc Godard

Essay - 6 pages - Film studies

Since 1959 and the release of his first film, Jean-Luc Godard has engaged audiences with a varied body of work. He has entertained, quoted, lectured, and bored, inevitably. Throughout his entire career, both the depiction of the female and her role in his films has been of the utmost importance....

11 Nov 2008
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The ideology of film: The portrayal of Women & Blacks in baseball films

Essay - 5 pages - Film studies

Ideology is a very broad topic. Described as “a body of ideas reflecting the social needs and aspirations of an individual, group, class or culture” (Giannetti 428), ideology can be discussed anywhere when dealing with any kind of social opposites. In filmmaking, all types of...

07 Nov 2008
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Dragon ladies and China dolls: Images of Asian American women in American film

Essay - 6 pages - Film studies

The image of Asian American Women in film has undergone many changes from the 1920s to today. With stereotypes such as “dragon lady” and “china doll” and the practice of yellow-face, Asian American actresses had plenty of obstacles in the world of film. Actresses such as Anna...

06 Nov 2008
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Manipulation of space and sexuality in L'Avventura

Essay - 5 pages - Film studies

In Rudolf Arnheim's Dynamics of Architectural Form, Arnheim argues that in many ways, physical space is less important to human beings than the psychological perception of space. For the average man, experience isn't made up of isolated incidents, but rather an “experience is generated only...

07 Oct 2008
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Shakespeare in vegetable underpants: Peter Stein and Peter Zadek's opposing approaches to Shakespeare

Essay - 9 pages - Film studies

“Shakespeare in underpants,” is how Peter Stein has described the work of fellow director and rival Peter Zadek, while the latter has called Stein's work boring and overly polished to the point that his actors become overcooked “vegetables” (Patterson 132, 168). Both German...

25 Sep 2008
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Transformers: America in disguise

Essay - 8 pages - Film studies

Michael Bay's Transformers is a genre pastiche, combining elements of action films, science fiction, high school dramas, general comedy and even moments of direct satire. Most interesting, though, are the ways in which Bay's film ties into the genre of war cinema and the modes and conventions it...

04 Sep 2008
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FESPACO: More than a film festival

Essay - 5 pages - Film studies

With the revolution of filmmaking has come the need to bring films and filmmakers together. The creation of film festivals provides a place where filmmakers can showcase their films. Thousands of film festivals have formed around the world over the past decades. Some are larger and more...

25 Aug 2008
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The new American musical: How the musical has changed to attract a new audience?

Essay - 6 pages - Film studies

Throughout the greater part of the twentieth century the American musical has entertained audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The musical has become a reflection of American life: sometimes tragic, somewhat unpredictable, but always persevering. The American musical has taken...

18 Aug 2008
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Adaptation: The perfect adaptation

Essay - 19 pages - Film studies

In 2000, The New Yorker magazine writer Susan Orlean published her book, The Orchid Thief, a history of orchids and orchid collectors. The main themes of the work include the history of the passion for plants held by cultures past and present, the perils of harsh habitats such as the Fakahatchee...

18 Aug 2008
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Human connection in international cinema

Essay - 7 pages - Film studies

Many of the films we have watched in Contemporary International Cinema explore the nature of love on various levels. Some focus on the platonic aspect of human connection, some look at the sociological and nationalistic bonds that hold people together, and some delve deep into the inner workings...

17 Jul 2008
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Musicality in movies

Essay - 3 pages - Film studies

The journey to self-discovery is a highlighting period for many young adults. Many filmmakers utilize those coming-of-age experiences to express the reality and pains of growing older. One contemporary example of this genre is Garden State. Released in 2004, this film...

16 Jul 2008
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Hitchcock, Truffaut and Godard:New wave's brothers from another motherland

Essay - 13 pages - Film studies

Alfred Hitchcock's fascination with French culture emanates in nearly all of his films. Conversely, many aspects outlining the fundamental guidelines of the 1950's French film movement adopted quintessential “Hitchcockian” devices. Hitchcock's influence on French filmmakers shaped much...

08 Jul 2008
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The development of the modern film industry in the Untied States and the international community

Essay - 9 pages - Film studies

Throughout the course of the twentieth century, the evolution of technology has notably changed society. While many scholars looking at the changes that technology has produced consider the improvements that have been in terms of medicine and technology, it is evident that technology has had a...

30 Jun 2008
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Analysis of Abbas Kiarostami's Ten

Essay - 4 pages - Film studies

A car may be the most inconvenient and difficult setting for a film. I made a sixteen-minute movie which took place almost entirely in a car, and I ended up at one point crying from the frustrations. The three actors and I didn't leave so much space left for the camera, and so the...

17 Jun 2008
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Critical analysis of The Passion of the Christ and The Da Vinci Code

Essay - 4 pages - Film studies

Movies are typically created as a means to entertain and inform a wide audience. While this is the case in most instances, it is evident that movies that deal with overt religious themes—while many times fictitious in nature—often spark considerable controversy and anger. One only needs...

17 Jun 2008
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Discovering Who the Other Is: Finding Forrester

Essay - 3 pages - Film studies

People create their lives based on the environment surrounding them. In Gus Van Sant's 2000 film, Finding Forrester, Jamal Wallace, a black sixteen-year-old basketball player from the Bronx, was always a C student until his test scores showed his true intelligence and potential. This resulted in...

17 Jun 2008
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A Performance Analysis of the films Harold and Maude and American Beauty (1999)

Essay - 3 pages - Film studies

Over the course of the last three decades American society has taken its fondness of youth and femininity and turned it into an outright obsession. As a direct result of this obsession, women over the age of 35 have been made to feel bad about their bodies, their activity levels, the food they...

16 Jun 2008
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Digitalization: The Commercial Rise in Independent Filmmaking

Essay - 5 pages - Film studies

Technology has always been the main threat of tradition. The core essence of the filmmaking industry has not evolved because of changes in the audiences, ownerships or content. It has evolved because of the technological push given by the modernizing world, affecting the...