Research various films and their directors.

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I am going to research various films and their directors and writers. From this research I wish to discover what has influenced them and how they came up with their story lines.  Although I will be researching these various factors, I will be concentrating more on directors and writers who have depicted their films on cancer related topics.

Films are often imperfect reflections of our lives. Movies have been blamed for creating disturbing and profane cultural images, leading to societal illnesses such as  isolation, sexual deviancy, and violence. Whether or not art imitates life, or life imitates art, it could be helpful for me to study how films have shown medical themes. This may be worthwhile as I will learn more about cancer and understand how cancer and medicine are perceived in popular culture.

Medical themes have always been popular in movies. An author claims Hollywood studios released more than 100 films with medical or surgical themes in the 1930s and 1940s. How films portray medical themes may tell us a great deal about how we perceive our medical care. In the end, movies are written, produced, and directed by people who often use their own experiences as creative inspiration, and as their experiences change, so do their films.

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The purpose of this research is to review films of the twentieth century showing themes related to cancer, and how different people cope with the disease. This will link with my film as the mother in my film will have cancer, and my intention is to portray how it has a negative impact on not just her health or her every day life, but also the life of her teenage daughter.  

In over one hundred and fifty films released between 1930 and 1999 with medical themes, only twenty had topics that related to cancer. Leukaemia and lymphoma were shown ...

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