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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 many shapes...

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 transcends beyond the...

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 entire...

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 audiences, ownerships...

15 Jun 2008
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The Roles and Reflection of British Society in British Comedies

Essay - 5 pages - Film studies

The mechanism of early photographic cameras was as follows: the location and objects in front of the camera were copied onto the film in the form of a frozen, two-dimensional image. Invariably, the photograph was a manifestation of the superficialities of the society at the time. With the...

06 Jun 2008
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Documentary Analysis: Bowling for Columbine

Essay - 3 pages - Film studies

In the documentaries Bowling for Columbine and Brother's Keeper the filmmakers try to establish certain connections to the audience. Bowling for Columbine focuses on gun control and violence in America. Director Michael Moore uses satire and direct points to get his message across. Brother's...

06 Jun 2008
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Art Defined: The Film Industry

Essay - 4 pages - Film studies

In 1952 the censorship of the Film Industry lead to significant ramifications. The film medium has experienced several hurdles that are better known of as censorship. Right from the beginning, American officials knew of the influential power of film and, therefore, its need to be controlled...

03 Jun 2008
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Making the Family in Monsoon Wedding

Essay - 8 pages - Film studies

Many a novice viewer of Bollywood movies has offered the comment that “they are all the same.” Such comments, of course, may be the result of an othering Gaze that, by paying attention to stylized ritual and ceremony, does not perceive subtle but important differences. On the other...

03 Jun 2008
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Unexpected Messengers: Cinematic Portrayals of Text in The Joyless Street

Essay - 3 pages - Film studies

A significant yet easily overlooked element of G.W. Pabst's film The Joyless Street is the cinematic representation of text. In the film various crucial developments in the narrative are determined by characters' reactions to information conveyed by text. In each case text becomes a disruptive...

03 Jun 2008
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Wall Street

Essay - 3 pages - Film studies

In “Wall Street,” the one of the most valuable resources is information. It is also a scarce thing to come by because stockbrokers are reluctant to share what they know, it's difficult and sometimes illegal to acquire information about a firm, and there's a tacit understanding overall...

30 May 2008
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The Mothers of Martyrdom: Women in Early 20th Century Irish Drama

Essay - 3 pages - Film studies

In the early quarter of the 20th century men of Ireland struggled for freedom; forming leagues and brotherhoods and secret organizations of resistance, unionizing labor and creating a more cohesive political resistance, arming themselves and training for armed conflict, eventually fighting the...

19 May 2008
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The Lost Worlds: Born Out of the TV Show Lost

Essay - 3 pages - Film studies

ABC's Lost, just as any other show, works to make you feel connected to its characters. From its beginning it has connected you with the characters and their experiences on the island, and has given you significant development of the characters through flashbacks and eventual flash forwards. At...

21 Apr 2008
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"Kids" and Adolescent Sexuality Love Sex and Relationships

Essay - 3 pages - Film studies

The film “kids” is a raw account of an urban adolescence focusing on experimentation with sex, drugs, liquor, and violence. The account examines these issues at their absolute worst. One of the issues that the film focuses on is adolescent sexuality. The opening scene depicts a thirteen...

18 Apr 2008
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Erwin Piscator: Father Of Political Theater

Essay - 4 pages - Film studies

Throughout history, both theatrical and otherwise, there are figures that stand out prominently in the collective memory. There are the giants, those triumphant individuals whose work has made an indelible impression on society. And then there are those who stand behind the giants, their...

14 Apr 2008
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Ibsen's A Doll House An Analysis

Essay - 9 pages - Film studies

Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House is a play about a woman who comes to understand that she doesn't necessarily understand anything at all. Or, more specific to Ibsen's plot, it is a play about a woman who is forced to reveal a very precious secret and in doing so discovers that the life she is leading...

11 Apr 2008
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Spiders or Virgins: Portrayals of Women in the Noir Films Laura, Out of the Past, and Double Indemnity

Essay - 7 pages - Film studies

In her article “Women in Film Noir” Janey Place states that women characters in noir films are divided into two archetypes: “the spider woman, the evil seductress who tempts man and brings about his destruction” and “the virgin, the mother, the innocent, the...

18 Feb 2008
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Effectiveness of movies: The example of "Kids" by Larry Clark

Essay - 4 pages - Film studies

Ever since the creation of the first motion picture, there have been numerous debates over the “effectiveness” of a vast multitude of movies. The term effectiveness is a very broad expression and can be used to cover a huge variety of areas. On a generic basis, did it make the viewer...

17 Dec 2007
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12 Angry Men: Analyzing the Jurors

Case study - 2 pages - Film studies

The movie 12 Angry Men systematically altered the views of the jurors by eliminating the bias, ignorance, and fallacies. Many of these men held predetermined points of view in which there minds were made up before analyzing the defendant. Through the process of reviewing factual information and...

07 Dec 2007
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The Americanization of High Fidelity

Essay - 4 pages - Film studies

Many feel that a film adaptation needs to be completely faithful to it original written format. “When viewing the film version of a novel or play they know, they want to find in the film what they valued in the literary work, without asking whether this is the sort of thing film can...

07 Dec 2007
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Stage vs. Screen

Essay - 2 pages - Film studies

Films are often adapted from plays, and at times they are nearly identical. At other times they have almost nothing to do with one another. In films you can do things that are not feasible and at times not possible on stage. This is not to suggest that the film Crimes of the Heart is in any...

07 Dec 2007
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DVD: Downright Video Dominance

Tutorials/exercises - 3 pages - Film studies

In 1997, a product was released that would do what nothing (not Betamax, Laserdisc, nor various projector systems) seemed to be capable of: conquering the VCR/VHS system. This product was the DVD (Digital Video or Digital Versatile Disc). As soon as it hit stores in the United States, it was...