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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...