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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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    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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    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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  4. Comparing Tim Blake Nelson's Version of Othello to That of Geoffrey Sax

    Echoing Shakespeare's storyline, the heinous villain is none other than Odin's trusted and loyal friend, Hugo, son of the basketball coach. Hugo's jealousy of Odin's praise and fortune, leads him into an obsessive desire to destroy him. Under Hugo's malicious plan of manipulation, Odin is driven to question Desi's faithfulness, and consequently murders her. Upon realizing the truth, he kills himself. "Othello", directed by Geoffrey Sax takes on a very different approach to the play. Set in London, it is about a black police officer, John Othello, a rising star in London's police department, known for his integrity, moral principles and competence on the job.

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    The Many Fear Factors of The Thing (1982)

    Had the film been a success the book would probably have sold better, but since it didn't the book was hardly noticed, before many year later when the Thing became a pop culture phenomena. 1 Bad timing Among the many reasons to the Thing's box office flop, the simplest maybe its competition from other films during the same year. The top grossing films of 1982 was: E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, directed by Steven Spielberg. Tootsie, directed by Sydney Pollack. An officer and a Gentleman, directed by Taylor Hackford.

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  6. We were asked to interpret the movie El Arbole Seco meaning The Dry/Withered Tree, to help us understand narrative analysis.

    7. A narrative is like a recollection - the common theme gives the events a narrative shape, there is an interconnected sequence that leads from start to finish. We are aware of the ending before we start the story. Methodology We were asked to interpret the movie "El Arbole Seco" meaning The Dry/Withered Tree, to help us understand narrative analysis. For this purpose the class was divided into groups of three, four or five. There were four people in my group- 1)

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  7. What reasons are there for films to be remade?

    This is completely untrue as Hollywood producers agree that they are often swamped by thousands upon thousands of new scripts that come from writers all around the world, wanting their films to be made. The reason that films are remade is because of the potential that they have to be a great hit, and therefore to make money to be invested in other films to make more money and so the cycle continues. This also helps to make the film industry one of the fastest growing in the world as the huge sums of money being made are invested and reinvested again and again and again.

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  8. Psycho. Hitchcocks ingenuity did not stop at his ability to get round the censors but he was also a master at creating suspense, horror and making his films unpredictable.

    Also note that in addition to the M.P.A. there were non-governmental groups such as the Catholic League of Decency that could mount substantial opposition to a film if they did not think that it was appropriate to be shown at the cinemas (although if the M.P.A approved of a film then the other organisations would generally follow suit). As Hitchcock released a variety of posters that hint different things to the audience: This poster has various clues about the plot or overall theme of the film for instance the cracked writing of the word psycho could represent a cracked mind

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    Why Cutthroat Island(TM) was a failure but Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse

    She is also portrayed as an attractive lady as she catches many male's eyes; this relates to the theory of 'Male Gaze' which means women are objectified in relation to control the males' attention. This lady is also represented as a wealthy woman and quite high upon the hierarchy status, because her father was the captain of the ship named 'Morning Star' and when he dies she then becomes the captain, with control of all those on this ship, and has 2 of 3 pieces of the treasure map which will locate them to all the treasure and fortune.

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  10. Many violent films are box office hits. What is so good or bad about violence, particularly focusing on Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior (2005)

    This ambiguity could be drawn from the 'experience' one has in the particular genre. The particular selling point of this film is that it is advertised to have "No Stunts, No Wires, No CGI". This unique selling point will attract an audience to go and see the film, particularly audiences that are already fans of the martial art genre. The sort of martial arts in the film is such that has not been seen before which gives it a break from the conventional martial arts used in these sorts of films.

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  11. The Passion of Blasphemy: A study of the representation of Christian figure head Jesus Christ within Cinematic Texts

    when a product with mass commercial distribution is made in relation to these texts it is very much up against the criticism of millions worldwide. There can also be taboo involved in 'making money out of mass spiritual belief' as a holy symbol such as Christ is seen as pure, whereas business is often seen as the root of all capitalist evil so combining the two in a product to make money (i.e. a film) can be seen as an act against the religion or at the very least the sanctity of it this is one of the strongest points against Christianity being represented in films.

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  12. How does the character of Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) in "The Ring" (2002) subvert or convert to past heroines or heroes in the horror genre?

    The film is a remake of a 1998 Japanese horror film called "Ringu" which I have not seen yet and I am sure that this version will the be the first time Western audiences are exposed to this sort of psychological horror. If anything it may help Western audiences to look more closely at Japanese horror, or at least open our eyes to the possibility. Moving on from this I am going to tackle issues that have arose throughout the film about the character of Rachel Keller and to whether she is a generic convention of a heroine like character in the horror genre.

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  13. Film review Let Him Have It On the night of November 2 1952, policeman, PC Miles was shot dead. Two boys from South London

    It takes over 10 seconds for Derek to respond and he follows. This is a perfect example of how the director, Peter Medak wants Derek to be portrayed which is important because it shows that Derek is a follower and not a leader, simply because of his illness and the fact that he is 'slow'. As the camera moves along, following Derek and his 'friends' we then see the boys trashing and burgling a house. During this we see Derek standing still as the boys around him trash the place. Then we hear a man shout outside the house prompting the boys to run out leaving Derek alone in the house - who does not fully understand what is going on around him.

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  14. How do the opening sequences of Dracula and Frankenstein position the audience?

    In the case of Dracula, a close up is used during the passionate kiss between Dracula and Isabella. This makes us feel closer to the scene and gives us a much clearer idea of the emotions the characters are feeling, also instructing us what to feel ourselves. Also in Dracula, when we see a close up of Dracula's face after he has seen the late Isabella, it makes us sympathise with Dracula, which leads to our empathy towards why he chose to go against his own church and become a vampire. In Frankenstein the close up shot is used similarly.

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  15. How does the director portray the effects of the September 11th attack as they impact upon the Muslim community of keighley? (Drama "Yasmin")

    In the coming scenes we see her relationship with a non-Muslim known as John. John is a friend of Yasmin's as well as a work colleague. Yasmin has feelings for John but cannot cause anything to happen because of her marriage to Faisal of which John knows nothing about. The reason she gives to him to hold back on their so-called relationship is because things are not right at home once they are sorted, their relationship can develop. We do not see anything physical happen all we see is an attraction between them. Long shots are used to suggest there is no romance between he two.

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

    The first ever crime film was director D.W. Griffith's The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912) which examined urban violence and police corruption. Hollywood has continued to make crime films, many sub-genres emerged from this genre; heist, juvenile delinquent, gangster and detective. The two films Ocean's Eleven and The Bone Collector are both crime films. Ocean's Eleven was released in the UK on the 15th February 2002. It was directed by Steven Soderbergh and produced by Warner Brothers, which suggests high production values. This film's cast contains several A list stars such as George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia and Bernie Mac.

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  17. How does Alfred Hitchcock make the viewing of Psycho a frightening and worrying experience?"

    There is even direct appeal with the posters as Hitchcock asked the audience to not give away the ending so that the next movie fans could be fully scared, and people respected his wishes. Alfred Hitchcock even brought all the copies of the book in which is film is based on that he could find to prevent the ending from being shown. And in order to keep the tension, you were not allowed in or out of the picture until the screening had finished.

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  18. Compare and contrast the ways in which two horror films Use horror genre conventions

    Although the violence in both films is quite obvious as the films progress, both film's psychological horror is present in the early stages of the films, this form of horror is essential to both films in gaining the audiences attention and developing their own horror. This is portrayed effectively by the use of bland, uninteresting isolated settings. This isolation establishes the tense atmosphere of the films, and the everyday settings of a small village and a block of flats gives a sense of reality to the horror.

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  19. Interview With Perry Wang at Media Revolution

    In recent years, the studios have gathered assets earlier, and given shops like ours unprecedented access to them. These days, savvy studios have already set aside hundreds of filmmaker-approved photos. The soundtracks from trailers and the movie are pre-approved for web use. And most impressively, we have access to the talent from the film for web features that require their voice over, acting or input. Sometimes we have access to soundstages, propmasters, 3D models used in the film, etc. Access to film materials and content is typically dictated by the marketing strategy, which determines what content should be revealed to the general public, and when.

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  20. Analyse the ways that the director builds suspense and scares in the film JAWS

    At the same moment, as the first note is played, we see the first images of the film like the shark looming out of the darkness and catching its prey unaware. Spielberg again gives the idea of the unseen enemy, hunting, scraping perfection in his domain. As the camera smoothly shows the point of view of the shark moving throughout the weeds, the music gradually builds up and gets louder as well as faster, giving the impression that this shark is gaining confidence pushing its way through the weeds with force and determination.

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  21. With reference to the opening 10 minutes from the Minority Report, write an analysis which focuses upon how the features of narrative and genre create meaning and generate response within the audience.

    But when her opponent his fighting back, she is fighting with elegance and grace giving her an aesthetic quality. Classical music is used when she fights, making the character and her fighting look smooth and effortless just like the scene in Minority Report. Most futuristic sci-fi films have very quick dialogues and complicated words making everything sound technical and sometimes confusing. When we are introduced to the main character Tom Cruise, he is walking very fast and the dialogue between him and another character is very noirish. He talks quickly and sharply and doesn't stop walking. And when "scrubbing the image" he again talks quickly and uses complicated words.

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  22. Compare and contrast how the film language used in the two trailers for bend it like Beckham targets different audiences

    Where the trailers are shown is significant to what audience it is trying to attract. Focusing on the use of mise-en-scene, narrative structure, editing and sound I will be able to compare and contrast how the trailers have been constructed to grab the target audiences attention. The film is about jess trying to realize her dreams by breaking through her stereotypical constraints where she should stay home and be a housewife and this is more shown in trailer 1 where there is more talk about what is best for jess and what she should do with her life.

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  23. Looking at two films studies, compare and contrast their representation of the future (Planet Of The Apes and The Matrix)

    Completely separate, neither group is complete, but together they make a whole. One group, the thinkers, live 'above' and live in luxury, relying on the underground workers to provide this luxury for them. The co-writer and director, Fritz Lang was a German and Metropolis was made during a period of severe economic depression, social pessimism and national embarrassment following the First World War. The ideology in the film is clear to see, with superior and inferior races unable to co-exist, this fits perfectly with the times and the rise of the Nazi party.

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  24. Launching a movie successfully

    'Finding Nemo' marketing campaign will mainly target 7-15 years old children. 2.2 Publicity There are four of publicity including poster and artwork, the press kit, star interviews and trailer which play ancillary roles in launching a movie successfully. Firstly, the poster campaign is the primary medium for selling a film, and will generally start in the early stages of a film's production and continue during the weeks building up to the release. The objective of this is to find a 'narrative image' that sums up the film.2 Secondly, Press kits are sent to journalists all over the country to give them information about forthcoming films.

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  25. History of Movie Actors

    Long ago, the term "actor" was restricted and hampered to men. Women did not begin performing and acting frequently until the 17th century. When they did, the term "actress" was used. In the ancient and medieval world, it was considered disgraceful and scandalous for a woman to go on-stage, and this belief sustained right up until the 17th century, when in Venice it was conked out. In the time of William Shakespeare, women's roles were played by men or boys, though there is some evidence to advocate that women disguised as men (illegally)

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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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