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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...

07 Dec 2007
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What Do You Expect?

Essay - 2 pages - Film studies

Tony Kuschner's play Angel in America is full of contrasts, disparities, and opposite views. Many things are shown at completely opposite ends of the spectrum. There are many differing opinions and complete disagreements that not a large number of things that are constant and similar in the...

04 Dec 2007
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Short Forms in Film

Essay - 2 pages - Film studies

Charlie Chaplin's The Immigrant (1917) is a slapstick comedy that also addresses social issues. The film has a simple plot with four main characters, one of them Charlie Chaplin. He plays a penniless foreigner who wins money from playing cards on a ship to America. He then meets Edna...

03 Dec 2007
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True West: Identity

Essay - 2 pages - Film studies

One acquires his own identity through his inner self and his milieu. His interpretation of his own needs and desires plays a big role in whether he decides to abide by society's norms or to completely disregard his ego by complying to the inner beast (or what psychologists refer to one's ID). Sam...

19 Nov 2007
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Avoiding Disaster: The Day the Earth Stood Still

Essay - 5 pages - Film studies

Disaster movies are often associated solely with cheap thrills; nothing more than vehicles for big explosions and even bigger budgets. The modern perception of this film genre (as well as its subgenres) seems to be nothing more than that of a means for movie studios to spend a lot of money, and...

19 Nov 2007
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David Lynch

Essay - 4 pages - Film studies

Storytelling, since the dawn of time, has served as an invaluable means in which human beings are able to create, sustain, and relay emotion, identity, and ideology. The stories people tell allow them to simultaneously connect to, and differentiate themselves from one another. Arguably more...

19 Nov 2007
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The Blame Game

Essay - 3 pages - Film studies

In modern times, and namely in Western culture, identity has become a wholly introverted principle. People strive to define themselves solely as individuals; identity is thought of as exclusively self-contained. American culture, for example, celebrates above all else the “individual;”...

19 Nov 2007
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The Wicker Man: Challenging the Audience, Transcending the Genre

Thesis - 5 pages - Film studies

A horror movie does not work unless it is frightening. A meek horror film is as ineffective as an unfunny comedy or an uninteresting drama. If a horror film succeeds at being scary, then, by definition, the filmmakers behind it have accomplished what they set out to make. The difference between a...

19 Nov 2007
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Controversy Within

Essay - 2 pages - Film studies

In the last century alone, the United States of America has witnessed dozens of “equal rights” movements. Some of the most significant rights Americans currently enjoy have come out of great struggle and controversy. Whenever a group of citizens protest the way their society views them,...

19 Nov 2007
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Stranger Than Paradise: Meaningful Minimalism

Essay - 3 pages - Film studies

The term “independent film” is extremely malleable in the realm of American cinema. A film may be considered “independent” if it is financed and/or distributed outside of a Hollywood studio, or if it bends and/or breaks the conventions of mainstream American movies. There are...

19 Nov 2007
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Home Movies

Essay - 2 pages - Film studies

Nothing can create nostalgia like a movie camera. There is something about the moving image that can trigger emotions like few other mediums can. It is easy to get lost in a film; they have the awesome ability of capturing and recreating the past. The nostalgic value of the cinema is immense, but...

19 Nov 2007
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Subverting the Mainstream: The Postmodern World of David Lynch

Essay - 5 pages - Film studies

During the first half of the twentieth-century, a movement known as “classical Hollywood cinema” thrived; this was the dawn of truly “mainstream” films. The movies created during this time operated largely within metanarratives; all-embracing laws which governed human...

19 Nov 2007
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Fellini's Otto e mezzo

Thesis - 5 pages - Film studies

Since the dawn of cinema, there have been numerous film directors who have garnered the reputation of innovator, auteur, even genius of the medium. Only three directors, however, have created such unmistakably identifiable styles as to warrant film terminologies based on their very names. Alfred...

19 Nov 2007
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They Live: Underestimating Camp

Essay - 4 pages - Film studies

Distinguishing a film as “campy” is, arguably, as difficult as determining whether or not a film is “good.” The definition of “camp” is utterly malleable and, moreover, exists almost purely in the eyes of the beholder. Similarly, a film is rarely definably solely as...

19 Nov 2007
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Robert Frank's America: "Political Rally - Chicago"

Essay - 2 pages - Film studies

The United States of America is often referred as “the great melting pot”; a place where people of all ethnicities, backgrounds, and plights exist under a single title “American”. The title is simple; those living in The United States are, by definition, American. And yet,...

19 Nov 2007
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Georges Melies: Movie Magic

Essay - 2 pages - Film studies

As is the case with many art forms, the exact origin of Cinema is tainted with controversy. While numerous innovators played important roles in the dawn of the medium, the Lumière brothers (Louis and Auguste) of France are most directly accredited with creating the first “films”....

19 Nov 2007
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Danger at a Distance

Essay - 3 pages - Film studies

The nomenclature of “disaster movie” is as difficult a classification to place upon a film as any; for its definition is extremely malleable. Many movies incorporate a disaster, or even numerous disasters, and are still not known as “disaster movies”; the definition is not...

19 Oct 2007
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Lies the Television Told Us

Essay - 3 pages - Film studies

The media exists for the sole purpose of entertainment, and the easiest way to bring this entertainment to the people is through television. This being said, it can be understood why the media functions the way it does; entertainment needs to be entertaining. Isn't it only expected that writers...

05 Oct 2007
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The Lickerish Quartet

Essay - 3 pages - Film studies

The play between high and low culture has become an important subject in film studies and criticism. In particular, the subject has proved a relevant context for the exploration of exploitation films, and vice versa. In looking at exploitation film, critics and theorists have paid much...

05 Oct 2007
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Doris Wishman

Essay - 5 pages - Film studies

In 1959, after the unexpected death of her husband, Doris Wishman decided to begin making films. With a background in distribution, she became aware of the genre of “nudist camp” films through an acquaintance with Walter Bibo, producer of Garden of Eden (1954), a groundbreaking film in...

05 Oct 2007
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Thirteen Days (2000)

Essay - 3 pages - Film studies

Good evening my fellow citizens…This Government, as promised, has maintained the closest surveillance of the Soviet Military buildup on the island of Cuba. Within the past week, unmistakable evidence has established the fact that a series of offensive missile sites is now in preparation on...

02 Oct 2007
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'Weaving a Myth': Magnolia and the Psychology of Religion in Film

Essay - 8 pages - Film studies

Imagination is fundamental to human life. Indeed, all the ‘humanities' are manifestations of the creative instinct that finds its origin in imagination. One creative imagination communicates its images to another in an attempt to bridge the perceived space between two minds. Hillman suggests...

30 Aug 2007
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Fishing, Spirituality, and the Simple Life: A River Runs Through It

Essay - 2 pages - Film studies

In Robert Redford's beautiful adaptation of A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean, Norman and Paul Maclean seek to find the purpose for their lives growing up under the guidance of their Scottish- Presbyterian Minister father, in a Montana setting that could be described as no less than...

30 Aug 2007
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The Corleone Family: Portrait of an American Dream

Essay - 3 pages - Film studies

Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola's trilogy of organized crime masterpieces, collectively known as The Godfather trilogy, have impacted America unlike any movie since. Rather than filling the movies with hours of bloodshed and unnecessary gore like so many mafia-oriented movies, Puzo and...

29 Aug 2007
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American Psycho: An analysis using the techniques of MacCabe and Macherey

Essay - 7 pages - Film studies

The meaning of the film American Psycho has been much debated since its release. Is it a glorification of violence? a satire of the yuppie lifestyle of the eighties? a disturbing trip through psychosis? Based on the controversial novel by Bret Easton Ellis, it is most often considered a black...

18 Aug 2007
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American Psycho's Killer Gaze

Thesis - 3 pages - Film studies

Jacques Lacan's description of the Other is that which gazes on you or exerts power on you, yet does not truly exist; the Other is an imagined gaze that is constantly looking over you (Willemen, 216). In the film American Psycho (2000), screenwriter and director Mary Harron personifies the...

03 May 2007
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France's Lost Jewel

Essay - 2 pages - Film studies

Unlike Great Britain, France's colonial wars tended to involve a great deal of violence on the part of the colonizers. Britain generally extricated itself from its colonies with relatively little immediate violence involving British soldiers. The differing ways in which the two countries...