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    Analysis of the representation of African-American Women in The Color Purple (1985) and For Colored Girls (2010)

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    One of the key representations of Black women in film and media is the 'mammy' archetype; it is one of the main ways White society viewed black women from 1800's to the 1950's. By definition, 'mammy' is a "black woman serving as a nurse to white children especially formerly in the southern United States."3 Steven Spielberg effectively attempts to work against the "Mammy" or as a maid in his adaptation of the novel 'The Color Purple' (1985) through characters such as "Eleanor Jane" and "Sofia".

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    Explore the ways Frayn uses multiple genre in his novel 'Spies'

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    Frayn uses stylistic and linguistic devices to highlight the mystery genre at several points throughout 'Spies'. As the mystery of the "German spy" commences and unfolds, unsettled thoughts begin to fabricate in the young Stephen's mind: "the dark of the moon...I can feel it surrounding me, pressing against my eyes...". The ellipses here hint to the reader that there is something still being left unexplained; a continuity of thought that we are unable to reach. Frayn uses this technique several times in the novel, as thoughts, concepts and ideas begin to form but are left unresolved and incomplete.

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    Female gender stereotypes reinforced in three Disney animated films: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast

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    The stereotypical portrayal of young women and the Disney Company?s ideology of physical beauty demonstrated in their animated films have not changed since the release of their first animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, in 1937. Snow White was the first Disney Princess to be portrayed in a way that would become characteristic of all Disney Princesses: she had red lips, straight hair, perfect complexion, a skinny body, and a beautiful face. Naturally, she was gifted with a very soft voice enchanting all around her when she sang, whether she was sad or happy.

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    Deconstruction of Legally Blonde

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    Even when he does arrive, it is in a convertible with an expensive suit and a cocky attitude. The sorority house she lives at the start is completely serene and beautiful with a perfect building, the grass is all perfectly green and perfectly cut and there is no litter in sight. This gives the view of the perfect life. These are all very stereotypical attributes for wealthy individuals which then meets the audience's expectations. This film also portrays very stereotypical American teenagers/young adults.

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    Looking at mise-en-scene, cinematography and sound in the film Leon (Luc Besson) 1994.

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    This image is shrouded in darkness and mystery. We are also shown close ups of Leon's boss through the reflection of his own sunglasses. This again adds to the mood. At this point in the film, we see neither Leon nor his boss in full view, meaning that the first character conveyed to us in the film is a photograph of a victim. In this shot, the director is trying to establish that Leon is a hitman. However, this is contradicted by the fact that, setting aside all the mystery and dark atmosphere created throughout the opening sequence, Leon is drinking milk.

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    Investigate and evaluate a piece of historical evidence, the Hollywood movie The Patriot starred by Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger in order to determine whether or not it is reliable

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    The disadvantage is that it is not one hundred percent reliable. Since The Patriot is a secondary source, it certainly contains bias and therefore makes it quite hard for the audience to be sure of its reliability. The Patriot was made for the sake of Hollywood and not to share what happened in the American history through a thorough and complete documentation. Therefore, the script The Patriot itself will certainly reflects on how the scriptwriter think about the events and contains personal opinions on the subject.

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    Anaysis of the first 3 minutes of the horror film "Wrong Turn".

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    actors both have their rock climbing equipment and are doing a good job of climbing the wall, this automatically gives off the image that they know what they are doing and are highly experienced in rock climbing. At this point the track has stopped playing and the diegetic sound comes into play as their cables are crashing into the rocks and the man is groaning as he climbs his way up the wall. The Shot then changes to a medium shot from below as the male character has reached the top of the wall; this gives the male character power as we as viewers are looking up at him.

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    Man on Wire is a documentary based on Philippe Petits emotional and physical journey as a tightrope walker

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    Accuracy is often a critical factor in documentary films, clich�d by unsteady, handheld camera shots, cramped framing (the rule of thirds is often entirely ignored) and the utilization of natural lighting is employed.

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    Film Studies 28 Days Later How are the mise-en-scene, lighting, performance and camera work used to create meanings for the spectator in this early sequence?

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    The mise-en-scene use of the TV screens is interesting as the camera shot appears tilted, to show "a world gone wrong" A high angle shot of the chimp tied up is then used, obviously to make it appear inferior and more like a victim. As we are given an outsiders point of view shot, simply observing the scene, we instantly feel a jolt of sympathy for the animal. And get the feeling that something is not quite humanly right. Then we see through a CCTV P.O.V shot, that intruders have somehow broken into the Facility.

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    James Bond Assignment

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    His theory on the construction of fairytales can be clearly identified in 'Golden Eye'. Propp's fairytale convention has been successfully incorporated in the Bond genre and "Golden Eye" with all the basic characters built-in the film. In Golden Eye, the hero of the film is James bond, as he is seen to be the character with the great courage and strength, celebrated from his bold exploits. James Bond saved his life for Natalya Simonova, the victim of this James Bond film.

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    Typical gender representations in the films Casino Royale, Dead mans shoes and Control

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    James Bond as a character has typical masculine traits such as - strength, confidence and aggression. He is also quick witted solving the problems that face him. This is a typical and mostly positive representation of males as physically fit, intelligent and confident however he also uses violence frequently which may not be considered a good trait. There is some truth in this representation because representations reflect cultural values and beliefs. Also in this film there is a typical representation of women with the character of Vesper Lynd. She is beautiful and typically feminine as she is fragile and passive - she needs protecting by a man, in this plot James Bond.

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    Describe a memorable character in the text - Billy Elliot.

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    He is passionate about dancing and we are shown this in the opening scene of the movie, where we are shown a close up of hand putting long play on turntable song "I was dancing when I was 12". Then Billy bounces on bed where we again see a close up of his face, arms, hands and feet Sunflowers on wallpaper, yellow T - short, green shorts describes the mood of exhilaration and shows a sense of joy in his own body, in the music.

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    From Russia With Love.

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    The movie, From Russia with Love, was created in 1963, in the middle of the car war. Thus, it was very much influenced by the historical happenings at the time. At the time, tensions were quite high with the allies and the communists, particularly between the USA and the USSR. At the time, the USSR was viewed on by the western world as communist, and communist was seen as evil. Therefore the USSR was seen as evil by most of the western world.

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    Jaws - Review.

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    Music is always an essential part of this film; it is used to create different moods. The shark is connected to the music in the title sequence as the music beats slowly and gradually gets more frequent every time the shark is about to appear. This makes the audience aware that something is to happen but at times, the music is used to create unnecessary apprehension; this acquires the audiences mind, gets them thinking, and tensed about what could happen. Subsequently, they are surprised, as nothing significant has happened. They use calm music at different points in the film to generate a soft and secure environment, to rest the minds of the audience.

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    Dead Poets Society

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    Even though normal shots are used, the director has done an excellent job of making them as dramatic as possible. The beginning of the scene starts with Neil and his father entering a room. A table lamp lights the room, this is called 'realist lighting'. Whilst the actors are inside the room, wind can be heard blowing around outside. This is known as an 'ambient sound'. The director uses practical lighting and background sounds to create a calm but uneasy mood during this part of the scene.

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    Boy A is a British drama produced by Lynn Horsford and directed by John Crowley

    Boy A was a great drama to study in class; I have many reasons for this point of view. The drama is constantly going backwards and forwards in the life of Eric/Jack, we?re shown this by flashbacks of Eric (young) then shown him present in the life of Jack. We are shown two lives of him, which makes it seem us if he is reliving his live after his unpleasant past. There is a hint in the title of the drama, ?Boy A? symbolises to me that there is a clone of a boy, and therefore being labelled as Boy A.

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    Analysis of techniques used in "Battleship Potemkin"

    How does the mise-en-scene affect your perception of this film? It is what made this film, since it is a silent film creating the right dramatic articulation is necessary to get the right emotional response from each viewer.

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    Empire of the Sun: Basie Character Analysis

    Secondly, in a time where starvation is growing and death had come upon Mrs. Partridge, Basie shows great leadership qualities. As soon as death had come upon Mrs. Partridge, Basie said firmly "Get Mrs. Partridge's potato." This firm command shows that Basie is the boss and leader, and that he gives the commands. Another example showing that Basie is the commander and the leader is when he says to Jamie, "Bow to the sergeant." In the toughest times, Basie just rises , and gets to his feet, showing that he's truly a commander and leader that deserves to be in this place ( because of how intelligent and strong he is).

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    Top Gun Analysis

    After a brief insight in to the film's story the viewer is thrown in to an intense action scene. "Maverick" and "Goose" and their wingmen "Cougar" and "Merlin" are on patrol when enemy aircraft fly into their area. The Mise en Scene of this part of the film is of mountainous terrain with clear shots of all the planes involved in the shot. Heavy blue sky and few clouds help to breach the viewer's subconscious and makes them realise the seriousness of the situation due to how height of the planes from the ground. The height and size of the planes are enhanced due to the effective use of lighting.

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    Michael Moores purpose in Sicko is to inform his audience about the downfalls of the hidden truth behind Health Care in America and how many American lives are lost due the lack of access to health care insurance

    Support/Strategies filmmaker uses to substantiate the purpose: Moore found various statistics and interviews with different individuals about their experience with health care. He uses interviews with individuals with real life experiences with American health care to make his point clearer. He showed situations with statistics like Adam's, saying he is one of nearly 50 million Americans with no health insurance and when he got injured he stitched himself. This emphasizes the ridiculous circumstances which result from one not being able to get the required treatment because of the many limitations to American Health Care.

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    Film Studies, Presentation Script

    SPEAKER - as we see from this clip The Sixth Sense trailer has already introduced us to the fact supernatural elements have been used. It shows us the film is fast paced and what we are about to experience won't be forgotten. ITEM 3: The Ring (the American remake) is another film I will be using. SHORT VIDEO - trailer - 1 minute 36 seconds - The Ring SPEAKER: This trailer gives us a great insight into what the film has to offer, introducing us to the main characters, the fact deaths may be caused by a video tape, created by a long haired girl, who we presume the people are trying to get away from.

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    Macro essay

    the audience - in this case about cyborgs taking over human life and becoming evil, asking us us about wether we have started to take things too far with technogoly. The opening ten minutes of the film sets up the audience's expectations through its use of familiar sci-fi conventions such as robots, space ships and disrupture and its careful narrative structure informing us of the story so far. The film's title sequence begins with flames taking over the whole screen blazing fiercly then two metal bars shut together with the words "Terminator 2 Judgement day" engraved on them with the flames still burning through the metal.

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    Media Essay for GCSE English AQA, Wes Craven's Scream

    You would expect a young vulnerable women being harassed by a man in a house alone. The tension builds by the background music as the movie goes on and the hope of being rescued is increased. In Scream all these are portrayed with slight changes. There is a young vulnerable lady in the house alone, she is then terrorised by a man on the phone who she does not know. As she is on the phone, she puts popcorn on which is building the tension as she does not check it while she talks to the stranger.

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    Film Review of Scarface (1983).

    His portrayal of Tony Montana is very real, and you could easily believe Pacino was actually Cuban. I think the way De Palma made Tony come from Cuba, deported by Castro rather than from Italy as was Tony Camonte in the 1932 version, make the film set itself apart from the original as its own movie. Supporting Al Pacino was Michelle Pfeiffer, playing the icy role of Elvira Hancock. I thought she looked amazing and gave a fine performance but did not find her character anywhere near as believable, the transition from Boss's lady and completely out of Montana's league to his wife and ultimately his property, just didn't convince me.

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    Examine the cinematic techniques used in the film East is East

    What follows are a series of close-ups of each children, Abdul, Tariq, Saleem, Meenah, Maneer and Saijid, these close-ups show the happy faces of the children, which implies that they are not conscious of their tradition religion, and at the same time, introducing the children one by one. Then the camera quickly cut to the close up of George, who is the firm believer of Muslim, this creates a dramatic tension as the two different religions, Muslim and Catholic, represented by the close-ups of the characters.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • With detailed reference to your findings, discuss your conclusions regarding the relationship between women and film.

    "Overall, the research used to create conclusions of my hypothesis point out that as a whole, Japanese films represent women in a stronger light reflecting the culture of anti-family and an emphasis on success and a highly optimistic view. In addition, many films step away from the patriarchal society created in Japan and challenge stereotyped women's roles within the films as emphasised by Mizoguchi's films. At the same time, the increase of globalisation has led to a cross breeding of genre and increasing influences of Asian genre in some Hollywood action/thriller films as seen through 'Kill Bill'. Yet, the representations of women are still different."

  • Question: Compare how genre and narrative are established in 2 crime films

    "The Bone Collector was more successful in making use of most obvious signifiers and conventions as it clearly conveys them: the crime scene; the police uniform; the murders and so much more. I personally enjoyed Ocean's Eleven because it humoured me and the variety of stars meant that they each had a quality to keep me interested in different ways. The Bone Collector was good but for me personally, I find the suspense daunting and I would rather not watch it!"

  • With reference to the opening sequence of Bram Stoker's Dracula, discuss Coppola's creation.

    "I came to the conclusion that Coppola has achieved his aims to attract modern audience to the vampire genre by adding a prologue to the Dracula story which is not from the Bram Stoker's novel. Coppola got creative with the prologue and added background information about Dracula which was effective to attract the modern audience to go and watch this film. Elements used in the opening scene were very effective to establish the prologue of the movie. The mise en scene builds up the structure of the opening scene but it doesn't clearly attract the modern audience. Cinematography was used effectively and attracted the modern audience because it built a dramatic structure to the movie and it made the audience eager to see what was going to happen after the blood and the cross incident. The other elements of film built the genre of the movie and set the vampire theme of the movie and made the viewers think about what was going to happen next which is what the modern audience want to see in a movie Mohammad Fawad Yousuf 11U Mohammad Yousuf Media Coursework 11U Mohammad Yousuf 1 11U"

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