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  1. Free essay

    Film gender analysis

    Firstly, this essay is going to introduce the gender theory of analysis psychoanalytic approach and cultural studies approach. Psychoanalytic theory suggests man as active while woman is passive while cultural studies approach suggests that the relation between man and woman in the film is more than binary opposition. Masculine is usually known as voyeurism, sadism, action, fetishism and it always control narrative. On the other hand feminine is usually known as passive, exhibitionism, spectacle, masochism and narcissism. According to the theory of psychoanalytic approach, man tends to be active and woman tends to be passive.

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  2. Discuss the significance of genre in one of the literary works we have read and in the corresponding film adaptation The Government Inspector.

    Gogol took this simple anecdote of Pushkin's and made it into a five-act play, satirising the extreme level of bureaucracy in Tsarist Russia. The plot of the play revolves around a corrupt group of officials in an unnamed town mistaking the identity of a pompous low-ranking official from St Petersburg, labeling him with the badge of government inspector despite a distinct lack of supporting evidence. The play is a comedy of situation; the situation being mistaken identity, both for the townspeople and for Khlestakov, with the townspeople mistaking Khlestakov's identity, and Khlestakov at first misinterpreting their hospitality as typical4.

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  3. To what extent does the work of Brian DePalma discuss either: identity, homage, or parody?

    The way women are presented is often in a highly sexualised manner. This is very true in Phantom of the Paradise, the girls auditioning are overlooked for their talent and ability, and instead we see them parading their sexuality. The 'audition room' is actually a large round bed area, with scantily-clad women writhing around touching each other. Rather than seeming manipulated and exploited, the women seem to be happy with their position. Later on, they are dressed in bikinis sitting on a car for the show rehearsal, when the car explodes. As discussed by Lewis (2008), DePalma often shows brutal violence being dealt towards women - such as the dream scene of brutal rape and murder that opens his 1980 film Dressed to Kill.

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  4. Explore the meaning and legacy of German Expressionist films.

    In order to understand the meaning behind the movement, it is vital to consider events previous to the period. From the unification of Germany in 1871, Europe suffered from civil unrest at the balance of powers within the continent, and WW1 (1914-1918) caused devastation and Germany suffered under the Treaty of Versailles (1919), which ended the war. A common theme in German Expressionist film is that of authority, or more specifically, the idea of tyranny (Kraucauer, 1947). In The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Caligari uses his hypnotic power as a means of control of Cesare, who he makes commit murder.

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  5. To what extent have legislative controls enabled or restricted film production?

    Although non-compulsory, local authorities were encouraged to go by its classifications, which still stands today. The standard guidelines involved cutting or banning films on grounds such as indecorous dancing and the materialisation of Christ (Robertson, 1985), and this shows just how much attitudes to morality in film have changed. If they had not, modern films such as Dirty Dancing (Ardolino, 1987) and The Passion of the Christ (Gibson, 2004), to give just two of thousands of possible examples, would be considered highly inappropriate on the above grounds.

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    Critically analyse the politics (the ideology) of Fahrenheit 9/11

    Moore chooses to look at aspects of Bush's time in the White House all from a negative point of view and ignores any and all parts of the good aspects of his presidency. Of course he uses facts to support his claims which make it difficult to rebut and easy to be persuaded. While Michael Moore claims that the film is not about politics, however, he provides the audience with enough information and persuading cinematic techniques allowing them to draw their own conclusions.

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  7. An exploration of the function of sound in the film The Fugitive.

    The fact that the blockbuster went 'over the top with sound, but tastefully' including a diverse range of artificial sound effects, created a meaningful and cohesive audio-visual relationship, even though the incredible sound did not accurately match the visual images, which is particularly highlighted in the film's opening sequence. The sound used at the beginning encapsulates the 'more of it than it's there' type of sound that appears throughout the film, where it is sensationalised without killing it (Sergi, 2004: 125).

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  8. photography. An image that Cindy Sherman beautifully photographed that will be analyzed in my essay is known as the Untitled #153. It was produced in 1985 and is a surreal photograph

    An image that Cindy Sherman beautifully photographed that will be analyzed in my essay is known as the "Untitled #153". It was produced in 1985 and is a surreal photograph. The artwork is measured 170.7 x 125.7 cm in size. I would say that there is some form of reality in the photo but not everything looks realistic. On the right hand side of the photograph there is a girl lying on grass which fills up almost half of the photo. The girl has strands of light, wavy, short hair where light captures it and makes the hair more noticeable.

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    We begin with a simple outline of each ethic. Utilitarianism is a moral theory which is primarily associated with philosophical thinkers, Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) and John Stuart mill (1806-1873).This ethic is based on the 'Principal of Utility' as mentioned in the book by both philosophers, 'Utilitarianism and other essays' (1987), '...we shall do on the other hand the standard of right and wrong, on the other chain of causes and effects are fastened to their thrones.' (pg 25). A basic explanation of this is, utilitarian's believe in maximizing happiness and reducing acts of evil, in a society in which everyone is equal.

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  10. Film Narrtive and Film Form Analysis on Gridiron Gang

    The director tries to tell the whole film in a different point of view, which is Sean Porter's loving and believing towards the kid's view. The development of plot within the film was well organized; it has a decent construction of a conflict, leading it up by a climax and then a conclusion. Taking the character Willie Weathers for an example, his story began while his was out with his cousin Roger Weathers. As for the first conflict, he joins his so call friends who are in gangs to steal something at the first starting scene.

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  11. Anthony Simmons

    The British film industry was always smaller, less stable and more subject to outside pressures than its American counterpart. (Low, 1997) Simmons, who began his film carer shortly after the end of World War II, has always had issues with funding for films. He confesses in an interview with Andrew Spicer and Josephine Dolan (2008) that he has never made any real profit from his films. He quite often invested money made from a film into his next production, and was also around to see the decline in film takings with the emergence of commercial television as a more common fixture in households in the late 1950's.

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  12. Analysis of 10min Sequence in Mulholland Drive (Dir: David Lynch)

    Lynch uses somewhat grainy editing here, as the three appear white and hazy, and this is furthered by an eerie sound which clashes greatly with the upbeat music and therefore builds suspense, although we as a viewer only understand in hindsight why this is the case. In his novel, American Independent Cinema, King states that the narrative of Mulholland Drive is "far from easy to resolve without sitting down and working through a great deal of detail in retrospect or on repeated viewing" (King, 2005: 100).

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  13. Celebrities and The Media

    Celebrity is not a wholly new concept, however it has always been dependent on media management (Braudy, 1997). Images and representations of individuals have been spread by societies in the past. Certain devices used to turn someone into a celebrity, or as the process is called, the celebritisation of an individual, are used today as they were used in the past. With the development of technologies, which play a part in the emergence of the film star and thus the need for mass medias. Cultural declinists' see as celebritisation as a negative development, especially the celebritisation of politics.

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  14. Illustration of Muted Group Theory in Maria Full of Grace

    He attempts to get her to agree to let them go back to her house, but she wants to climb on top of the roof. She "emasculates" Juan by teasing him and he gets irritated and walks away. Instead of complying with Juan's wish to go back to her house, Maria responded by taking control of the situation (especially notable because of its sexual nature) and said, "See how you treat me? You're a drag." Because she attempts to step outside of the expectation that she will fulfill the needs of her lover, she is "punished" by him walking off and leaving her on the roof by herself.

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  15. Can documentary film be truly impartial?

    To create a documentary that is entirely objective is a feat far from the reach of any director. Cin�ma-v�rit� is considered to be the closest to an impartial documentary that can be made. Cin�ma-v�rit� is a term originated from the translation of Dziga Vertov's Kino-Pravda (Russian for "cinema of truth"), a documentary series in the 1920s. The idea is that Cin�ma-v�rit� shoots people as they really are with minimal intrusion to make any subjectivity. The aesthetic of Cin�ma-v�rit� was very similar to that to Britain's 'free cinema' and the US's 'direct cinema'.

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  16. Love and Basketball

    Communication in this movie is so good and there are some factors that affect it. Characters act based on what they say and talk about for example when they are scrabbling for the basketball in the driveway, they're testing out social and interpersonal boundaries. "Wanna be my girlfriend?" asks Quincy, with not an idea in his head what that might mean. They agree to initial terms (a first, five-second long kiss), but in the next heartbeat are fighting again, as Monica refuses to give up her own bike in order to ride on Quincy's with him.

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  17. Analysis if British TV or Film

    Director Anderson uses surreal imagery and the repetition of the "Sanctus" stanza from the Missa Luba to underline the struggle that is taking place at the deepest levels of the souls of the characters of "If..." Ultimately, the cult classic film provides important commentary on both the nature of authority and the nature of war, as well as had a pronounced effect on the actual countercultural revolution of the 1960's. First of all, "If..." can be described as a war film that denies the place of government in facilitating warfare.

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  18. Technological determinism offers an insufficient explanation of development in cinema,' Discuss with reference to the development of either: early cinema, sound or colour.

    Having set forth this industrial context, the historian can move on to consider the three stages in the introduction of any new product or process in other words, the technological change itself. The first of stages is the development of the invention necessary for effecting the introduction of a new product or process.1 Invention Efforts to link sound to motion pictures originated in the 1890s, where entrepreneurs experimented with mechanical means to combine the phonograph and motion pictures. In 1895 Thomas Alva Edison introduced a device called the Kinetophone.

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  19. Discuss the representation of youth/subculture and/or pop culture in three British films and/or TV shows.

    Rather, this is music that rocks. This must be understood to fully interpret a film whose soundtrack values elements of volume, stage presence, and pure energy above musical theory and tonal perfection. What better group to bring this expression of pure musical passion to fruition than the revered and influential British rockers, The Who? Lifted from the multi-platinum 1973 rock opera, "Quadrophenia," the film was released in 1977 to scattered applause. Like the album, "Quadrophenia" is set in London and Brighton in 1963 and follows the psychological, social, and musical journey of Jimmy, a member of the Mod movement of subculture (characterized by Vespa scooters and well-tailored clothing.)

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  20. Critical Essay on 'Blade Runner

    'Blade Runner' follows the struggle of a group of replicants, or artificial human beings, to find and meet with their creator in order to ask for "more life," as their leader (Batty) puts it, because their life spans are limited to four years by design. The replicants are neither pleased by this limitation, nor their status as slaves to the human race, and stage a bloody offworld revolt which leads to their presence being banned on Earth, on penalty of death.

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  21. To what extent does the Dogme 95 'movement' challenge the conventional aesthetics of film narrative? A discussion in relation to Festen and Italian For Beginners.

    The technical specifics are as follows: 1 - Shooting must be done on location. Props and sets must not be brought. 2 - The sound must never be produced apart from the images or vice versa. 3 - The camera must be hand-held. Any movement or immobility attainable in the hand is permitted. 4 - The film must be in colour. Special lighting is not acceptable. 5 - Optical work and filters are forbidden. 6 - The film must not contain superficial action.

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    Explain and discuss the idea of evil in seven and the idea of how we should respond to evil that is defended in Fincher's film

    Also I am going to try to understand the varied idea of evil and if it is portrayed typically in Seven and if the traditional medieval religious concept of evil still occurs today, as in Fincher's film medieval evil values are portrayed in today's hectic city society. The issues addressed in seven are extremely important as considering last century the world experienced two world wars and many events as what you could describe as evil such as the Auschwitz killings, it makes one wonder if the same issues of evil can still be addressed today.

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    Analyse the Narrative structure of The Proposition.

    The quest involves Charlie's long search through unforgivingly harsh country and draws satisfyingly on the complexities of motive. "We're family, all of us," says Arthur to Charlie in a meditative sunset moment, and Charlie, dispatched to kill one brother for the sake of another, can't make a truthful response to this. The proposition has been made to him in the name of an oppressive regime and, as the film moves inevitably towards the Christmas reckoning, it seems less and less likely that Charlie will be able to meet its terms.

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  24. heidegger and marcuse

    part of the Frankfurt school his views were similar to Marx who was also a member of the Frankfurt school, as Marx argued that working class are mistreated, and they do not realise this. Marcuse also argued 'advanced industrial society' creates false needs and lowers individuals in this system of production and consumption through the wide range of media modes such as advertisement. Marcuse remained in some deep sense under Heidegger's influence. This influence was shown in the book(1964) Marcuse said that modern technology holds the society and they are being destroyed by products which are causing them a type of memory loss and this can only be changed by the people who are outside the system.

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  25. critical review

    The setting is normally dystopias. Philosophy is concered with the fact of how one should live and in the Matrix this topic is explored;' what exists? And what system are we in?' in the Matrix it is shown that the real world is just an illisuion with several references of philosophers who I will look in to closely and making slight connection with them and the film. The first reference is to a philosopher who's book appeared in the near beginning of the film when Neo opens the book of 'Jean Baudrillard's Simulacra and Simulation' (published in 1981 )

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