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Fried Green Tomatoes is a film about the strong bonds of female friendship in post World War I Alabama. In addition, the inspirational friendship between a middle aged woman, Evelyn and an elderly woman, Ninny Threadgoode is an impetus for change in Evelyn’s lack luster life during the 1980’s. Evelyn Couch meets Ninny Threadgoode in a nursing home when her husband’s aunt refuses to visit ...
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The tone of a literary text is often particularly one-dimensional. Unless other characters’ viewpoints are presented, the narrator and his or her point of view that is consistently revealed throughout the book, define the tone. The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith is no exception. Although the main protagonist, Tom Ripley, does not narrate, the narration is only ever filtered through ...
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Every person on the face of the planet is an individual who is influenced by his or her culture, class, gender, and often race whether for better or for worse. As individuals we comprise cultural groups which behave as forces which shape individual beliefs, preferences, prejudices, and actions. All individuals and cultural groups are influenced by institutions such as schools, law enfor...
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Narrative Analysis of the Communication Dynamics in As Good As It Gets Abstract: Background The superior/subordinate relationship is exemplified through narrative analysis of the movie As Good As It Gets. Melvin Udall is aggressive in his communication style with Carol Connelly and Simon Bishop in the movie. He breaks the cultural norms of communication by responding both verbally and n...
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Finding a definition, or a set of categorisations for avant-garde or experimental cinema and its various movements is problematic and the labelling of such filmmaking is widely contested. Terms such as ’avant-garde’, ’experimental’, ’underground’, ’expanded’ and ‘independent’ cinema are difficult to clarify as they often overlap each other, different cinemas (including the mai...
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When we approach the act of viewing a film, we do so with certain expectations of how our cinematic experience will be. We expect to be told a coherent story with a beginning, a middle and an end; we expect to be told this story through the continuous movement of images on the screen; and we expect that we will ’naturally’ understand the meaning of the images, dialogue and narrative that we a...
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Arts: Film essays / Body Of Lies: A Movie Analysis
Body of Lies 1 Body of Lies 2 Just before the action begins in the movie “Body of Lies,” four lines taken from W.H. Auden’s poem “September 1, 1939”flashed in the movie screen: “I and the public know What all the schoolchildren learn, Those to whom evil is done Do evil in return.” W.H. Auden, September 1, 1939, 1939. After September 11, 2001, Auden’s...
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Arts: Film essays / Horror Movies Review
The intro starts off good by grabbing the viewer's attention right from the beginning, but the movie seems to go downhill from that point unfortunately. You can't really blame the cast because I thought the acting was fairly good overall; it boils down to the plot. The writers of this film were not able to write a well-scripted plot to follow the storyline. I see it all the time with movies tod...
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Film Noir" is a french label on an american film phenomenon. In postwar France they got the opportunity to watch a large amount of american movies made in the forties, at the same time, and thus it became easier for them to discover similarities among these pictures. The frenc...
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Introduction This aesthetic analysis will focus on two films: Frida and Once Upon a Time in the West. Each film will be examined with selected scenes being used to discuss the visual aesthetical properties of their contents. These aesthetical elements will also be discussed in terms of how they interact with the films musical score. The analysis will reveal that although these films are both di...
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Arts: Film essays / The Pianist
Introduction This analysis of The Pianist (Roman Polanski, 2002) will argue that the use of realism through each of the technical codes of style enhances the expressions of the text in its predominant realistic settings consistent with the era in which the story takes place. It will also assess the ways in which these technical codes interact to create its desired effect. The different meani...
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Arts: Film essays / Flag Of Our Fathers
Flag of Our Fathers Clint Eastwood’s “Flag of Our Fathers,” is a genre of drama, action, history and war movie about three of the six servicemen who survived and fought in the battle to take the Island of Iwo Jima in Japan. It starred John Bradley (Ryan Phillippe), Ira Hayes (Adam Beach), and Rene Gagnon (Jesse Bradford). It was in the Era where the conflict in Europe is about to culmina...
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Of Mice and Men: Movie Vs. Book The movie 1992 movie version of Of Mice and Men shows differences along with similarities to the book written by John Steinbeck. Differences were common mainly within the plot of the story. The first notable variation was in the beginning. The book started off with George and Lennie walking on a dirt road near a swamp while the movie started off with Geo...
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Arts: Film essays / In A Groove
The short story "In a Grove" by Ryunosuke Akutagawa was made into a movie called Rashomon. The movie and the short story share both similarities and differences. The story starts out with the woodcutter's statement and how he was walking in the woods. The movie however starts out like the short story Rashomon which opens with people sitting under a big gate. The movie then goes into te...
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Arts: Film essays / All My Sons
In the movie there were difference then in the book. In this book and movie All My Sons there are certain statements one was “If you want to know ask Joe” another is “there is a universe outside your responsible.” Both these statements are important in the book and movie. The black and white movie made it seem setting was in the 1940’s. There are alot of similarities and dif...
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Arts: Film essays / Eyes Wide Shut
The "haunting" effects of Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut can be identified as creating curiosity, fear and anxiety in the viewer. They can be understood as painting a mosaic of symbolism in the viewer's eye, and as depositing fragments of concepts inside his mind. The film's slow pace seems to open wide gaps between the joints of the story's framework, causing the viewer to lose his s...
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Arts: Film essays / Dancing With Wolves
Dances with Wolves Lt. John Dunbar was lying on a hospital bed, leg totally mutilated. Barely conscious, the man over heard the surgeon say he could not amputate this mans leg as tired as he was. Dunbar didn’t like what he heard, so when the surgeons left, he grabbed his boat, and he slowly slid the boat up his mutilated foot biting on a stick to relive the massive pain. He returned...
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Arts: Film essays / Dances With Wolves
Dances with Wolves April 5, 1863 I have arrived at my post and found it to be completely unmanned. Fort Sedgewick appears to have been abandoned for some time. I do not know what has happened to the men that were posted here, but I am anxious to hear from someone. Fort Sedgewick is my post, but I have no one to report to. I don't know what to do. I can only communicate if I leave, and...
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Arts: Film essays / Dances With Wolves
Dance With Wolves In reality, Native American Life doesn’t differ from our life as much as people believe. When compared the beliefs and customs are somewhat similar. Native Americans have tribes in which determine their place in life, we have social classes which determine the people whom we interact. Many thought the Native Americans were different because they had different custom...
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Arts: Film essays / Twelfth Night
Comedic Conflict and Love in Trevor Nunn’s “Twelfth Night” Trevor Nunn's direction of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" takes away some of the confusion present in the reading of the text, which begins with the complicated love interests of the main characters. Having been the artistic director for the world famous Royal Shakespeare Company for eighteen years, Nunn is vastly familiar...
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Defining Your Terms Clearly, What Element of Brecht’s Theories Can Be Traced in Films that are said to be ‘Alternative Cinema’? The term alternative cinema has certain connotations. To many, it is not alternative, instead it is the way cinema was meant to be viewed, in that the viewer should be able to define the film in their own personal terms. In the following essay, I wil...
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Arts: Film essays / Betty Boop
Betty Boop The best case study in animation to illustrate the powerful influence society has over the types of films that are produced is the story of Betty Boop. She was a major cartoon character before the Production Code of 1934 was put into place, and her dramatic and fatal transformation illustrates how a product created under one set of standards often withers when placed in a ne...
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Arts: Film essays / Braveheart Movie
Braveheart film review Mel Gibson has reached an acting pinnacle, at least so far, with Braveheart. It is an epic movie that is loosely based on historic events in Scotland. All the performances were great and the cinematography was superb. The film covers the life of William Wallace from the time he is a small boy, when his Father dies, to his own death. The movie is set mostly in 1...
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Arts: Film essays / Hannibal
North American moviegoers were hungry for Hannibal the Cannibal at the weekend. "Hannibal," a thriller starring Sir Anthony Hopkins in a long-awaited follow-up to the 1991 hit "The Silence of the Lambs," grossed a record-breaking $58 million in its first three days of release in the United States and Canada, according to studio estimates issued on Sunday. If the numbers hold when fina...
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Arts: Film essays / Akira Kurosawa
Paper #1 Akira Kurosawa often incorporated social issues into his films. One of the most interesting of these issues was that of western culture’s affect on the Japanese and whether it was better to evolve with the rest of the world or not. Many times in his films, Kurosawa ended up bashing the message over his audiences heads: This new culture may not be the best, but everything w...
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Arts: Film essays / Walt Disney
Walter Elias Disney, established himself as a legend in the cartoon industry. His by products have become a genuine part of the American culture. Walt Disney has had a profound effect on many people and will continue to have for many years to come. In 1901, on December 5th in Chicago, Illinois, Walter Elias Disney was born to Elias and Flora Disney. Even though he loved to draw, moving to a f...
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The late 1800 s and early 1900 s saw great changes in the world of the arts. New forms of art and entertainment such as music, sports, art, literature, and cinema marked this period. Due to less work hours, people then had more free time. A popular new leisure activity, in the early 1900 s, was an evening out to the movies. During the late 1800 s, dozens of inventors worked on moving-picture ca...
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Arts: Film essays / Performing Arts
I did my project on Shakespeare’s “Much Ado about Nothing” I just so happened to see the movie and the play and will be using both for my comparison. “Much Ado About Nothing'' is a postwar love story. Its principal subject is that of romance that may settle over the land after soldiers come home. I noticed that Much Ado is actually two love stories. One concerns s...
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Dawson Leery is A 16-year-old boy coming of age in a small New England town, and Felicity Porter is 18-year-old college sophomore trying to find herself while she is attending New York University in New York City. Although it might seem that the lives of these two people are half a world away they are actually the title characters of two shows that air on the Warner Brothers Network. The shows ...
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Arts: Film essays / Hannibal
Hannibal For those interested in seeing Hannibal, you ll find greater enjoyment of the movie if you avoid comparing it to Silence of the Lambs, its smashing predecessor. Hannibal has a different style, altered tone, and a sweeping change in story emphasis. In short, it s bigger, simpler, and a bit more predictable. That being said, director Ridley Scott (in his Gladiator follow-up) brings on an...
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Arts: Film essays / Battle Of The Beasts
In 1954, with nothing but their creative minds, the Toho Movie company produced the first giant monster movie. Japan s Godzilla was brought to life. In 1998, with nothing but Lucas Arts special effects, and a name which guaranteed a blockbuster, the Centropolis Movie Company produced the All American Godzilla Flick. U.S.A. has finally found its own Godzilla. But is this new creature b...
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Arts: Film essays / Disney
The Greatest Cartoonist Elias Disney, an Irish-Canadian and Flora Call Disney, an German-American were blessed with Walter Elias Disney on December 5, 1901. Walt was born in the windy city of Chicago, Illinois. He had three brothers and one sister. 4He was a medium sized child, not fat yet not extremely bony. He developed into an average man, with brown hair, brown eyes and he always had a ...
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Arts: Film essays / Fiction Into Film
It is said that books are better then the movies created from books. I feel that the story and the film complement each other for Willa Cather’s short story, “Paul's Case,” is about a young, Calvinist man who did not feel that he belonged in his life. He lived on Cordelia Street in Pittsburgh, PA. Cordelia Street was littered with cookie cutter houses, suburbanite-like city-dwelle...
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Arts: Film essays / Innovation In Animation
Innovation in Animation In the early 1900 s, people from across the globe migrated toward a common land,that land being the newly established United States of America. The U.S. offered these immigrants freedom and a chance at success that was unthinkable anywhere else. Everyone who entered America was on the same boat, and each had their own contributions to make toward bettering the country. T...
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Arts: Film essays / Taxi Driver
"The Other" is a theme, motif or figure which seems to appear over and over in the movie. It could be nature, women, other races, other cultures, homosexuals, criminals, rulers, Gods, monsters, etc. In the film, the protagonist becomes just like "The Other" in order to resolve the problem. Usually, "The Other" is killed by the protagonist at the end of the movie. "The Other" is always t...
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Arts: Film essays / Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler is a well-known comedian, musician, actor, screenwriter, and singer. He is known throughout the nation for his accomplishments in the entertainment business. Adam Sandler was born on September 9, 1966, in Brooklyn, New York. He was educated at New Hampshire s Manchester Central High School during the early 1980 s. He later went to New York University and earned a Bachelor of Fin...
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THE SHORT LIFE OF TUPAC SHAKUR: SEPTEMBER 17 Tupac Shakur was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1971. Early in his life, he moved to Baltimore, MD, where he attended the Baltimore School for the Performing Arts. At this school, Tupac left a lasting impression on his teachers and was showing Tremendous potential. Unfortunately, Tupac was unable to continue his training. He moved to Oakland, Calif...
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Arts: Film essays / Henry V
email: dunlop@teleplex.nettitle: Henry VA COMPARISON OF OLIVIER S AND BRANAGH S FILM ADAPTATION OF HENRY V The purpose of this paper is to compare and contrast two film adaptations of William Shakespeare s Henry V. Laurence Olivier s revision was filmed in 1944. This was his first endeavor at film directing and Henry V won him an Academy award for distinguished accomplishment as an a...
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Arts: Film essays / Debbie Allen
Debbie Allen Debbie Allen has become one of America’s brightest stars. She has spent a lifetime preparing to be famous. She lives her life by the philosophy that “luck is when opportunity meets preparation.” Actress, singer, dancer, director, producer Allen was born in Houston, Texas, on January 16, 1950, to a Pulitzer Prize-nominee for poetry, Vivian Allen, and a dentist, Andrew...
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Arts: Film essays / Jet Li
Jet Li Rain Noe from AsianAvenue.com writes, When he speaks, he co-articulates with frenetic gestures as if explaining something to a deaf person with ADD Though not a native English speaker, he can fit three words where others fit one, just as he can throw three kicks before the bad guy has finished threatening him. Rain is talking about the newcomer Li Lian Jie, or as many of you kn...
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Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest This movie was pretty interesting. At first, I didn’t look forward to completing this assignment, but once I started watching, I was very interested. The dialogue was clever, but the music was a little bold. I would say it was cheesy but that probably isn’t the way to say it artistically. I noticed there were strong beats and drums for cli...
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Arts: Film essays / The White Balloon
T h e W h i t e B a l l o o n Moiz Bhinderwala I. Give a short summary of the film in which you tell: - where and when the story takes place - who the main characters are – protagonists and antagonists - how their lives are affected by the culture they are in The story is set in a modern Tehran – just two hours before the start of the traditional Persian New Year -the fi...
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The civil strife and chaos that had torn Russia limb from limb in the early 20th Century, although brutally devastating, did not hail the end of the stability and power that had characterized the massive country for so much of history. The continuing strength of what was now the Soviet Union lay in the newly formed support structure provided by Socialist Realism, a force that directed t...
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Arts: Film essays / In Custody- Film Report
I n C u s t o d y Moiz Bhinderwala I. Give a short summary of the film in which you tell: - where and when the story takes place - who the main characters are – protagonists and antagonists - how their lives are affected by the culture they are in This is a tale about doltish college lecturer and intellectual who writes poetry in the dying language of Urdu, which no one ...
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Arts: Film essays / Schindler's List Review
Schindler's List is one of the most powerful movies of all time. It tells the powerful true story of the German businessman Oskar Schindler who comes to Nazi- captured Poland looking for economic blooming and leaves as a savior of more than 1,100 Jews. Many of our grandparents told us of the stories and we learned about it in school year after year, but to see it put to life was a totally touc...
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Arts: Film essays / Korean Drama&Dance
China, Korea, and Japan have been historically close for centuries, thus accounting for their numerous common artistic traditions. From pre-Christian times until the 8th and 9th century AD, the great trade routes crossed from the Middle East through Central Asia into China. Hinduism, Buddhism, some knowledge of ancient Greek, and much knowledge of Indian arts entered into China, and thenc...
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by Nicole T. Simonian (Business Economics with Accounting major) When a critic examines the silent films of Charles Chaplin a question that arises is whether the comedy he portrayed is a mockery of political and current issues, or a means to bring laughter to viewers. Silent films generated different emotions and thoughts since a spectator was simply watching actions rather than hearing...
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Arts: Film essays / Lord Of The Flies
LORD OF THE FLIES.Part ABrooke s Hook sThey used choir boys.Using choir boys shows that them turning into savages is more dramatic then cadets changing. He used cadets.The plane crash landed on the island. The plane crash landed in the water.The pilot was dead The pilot was alive and was the image of the monster.A plane flew overhead A helicopter flew overhead. This is how more modern this...
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Gender And Sexuality Play A Key Part Within The Film Dirty Dancing. Discuss. The film is set in the year of 1963, John F Kennedy was still president and the Vietnam War was not considered a threat, the Beatles had yet not reached America and the Freedom riders were on. In reality the well known and loved, cult girly film, and classic romance was made in 1987. There have been many attempts ...
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Arts: Film essays / Friday
“Friday” The movie Friday is a comedy, but it also depicts many important social issues. The story is set in the city of Los Angeles, California, in what could be called a high-class ghetto in my perspective. The main theme of the movie is about a young black man who looses his job and is influenced by his best friend to smoke marijuana. The movie also shows the relationships of ...
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The Wicked Shall Inherit the Earth In the movie Pennies from Heaven there are many characters that lead unscrupulous lives. These characters seem as if they are unable to separate the real world from the song-like dream world in their heads. This alternate reality seems to enable them to behave terribly, and then think nothing of it. In fact, this movie seems to portray that the worse a pers...
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Arts: Film essays / Thank God It's Friday
The movie Friday is a comedy, but it also depicts many important social issues. The story is set in the city of Los Angeles, California, in what could be called a high-class ghetto. The main theme of the movie is about a young black man who loses his job and is influenced by his best friend to smoke marijuana. The movie also shows the relationships of his family and other members of his n...
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Arts: Film essays / Tan And Wang
The Joy Luck Club The film and book, The Joy Luck Club, directed by Wayne Wang and written by Amy Tan, respectively, although still depressing at times was a nice departure from the blunt death and destruction featured in the works we discussed the first half of the semester. The stories of the eight women hit very close to home for me because I also have a love and hate relationship with my m...
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Arts: Film essays / Dogma
Dogma Dogma is the latest movie from director Kevin Smith, whose previous movies Clerks, Mallrats, and Chasing Amy have become cult hits. This movie should be no different from the last three. Smith has more star power then ever to work with in this movie with such stars as Ben Affleck (who had a part in the Mallrats), Matt Damon, Chris Rock, Linda Fiorentino, Salma Hayek, and even rocke...
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A continual theme throughout the second section of class this quarter has been the idea of gender and sexuality in ancient and modern India and the continued attempt of the Indian woman to gain the right to express herself as she chooses. Whether fighting for abortion rights, the ability to express oneself sexually through choice or partner, or even the ability to enjoy sexual intimacy wit...
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Of all the 1980’s films, that can be described as “Eighties Teen Movies” (Thorburn, 1998) or “High School Movies” (Messner, 1998), those written and (with the exception of “Pretty In Pink” (1986) and “Some Kind of Wonderful”(1987)) directed by John Hughes were often seen to define the genre, even leading to the tag “John Hughes rites de passage movies” as a genre d...
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Arts: Film essays / Movie “Nine To Five”
1. A 1980’s comedy, the movie “Nine to Five” takes place in a large office complex. Two secretaries and an office manager bonded by their mutual dislike for their “sexist, lying, hypocritical, bigot” boss, fantasize about torturing him to the end of his days. Fantasy becomes reality when a series of misunderstandings provide the women an opportunity to hold their boss hostage ...
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The movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is based on the experience of a criminal that elected to move to a mental institution to avoid serving his time at a prison work camp. The criminal, Randall P. McMurphy, or McMurphy, as the other inmates call him, was under the impression that his sentence would be converted to the amount of time he would need to spend in the institution. What he ...
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Stanley Kubrick uses his film, Full Metal Jacket to say that people today are brainwashed products of decades of conditioning. Kubrick strongly encourages us to relish individual thought. He expresses that society’s ideology encourages conformity, which can eventually cause fatality. Also the article “You Cant Hack It Little Girl: A Discussion Of The Covert Psychological Agend...
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Sociology in The Blues Brothers The Blues Brothers is a movie with hilarious comedy and nonstop action. The two main characters are Jake and Elwood Blues. These brothers have consistently been in trouble with the law but find themselves searching for redemption. The quest begins when the Blues brothers set out to find and re-enlist the members of their old band. Unfortunately, for the Blues...
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For years, with its phenomenal success as a midnight movie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has made “don’t dream it, be it” the motto for its ever-growing cult audience. The film continues to be regarded by critics and audiences as the only no-holds-barred, ultimate theatre experience, which has seemingly drawn a repeat audience of cult film followers year after year. More than jus...
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Arts: Film essays / Gender Roles Essay
Showgirls is a definite backlash to the typical woman's role in society. It is very interesting to me that a movie with this message is set in a normally deviant setting, when it is trying to portray the strength of a woman. I feel this is the reason that many woman did not see the film. They are offended, disgusted, and maybe even a little jealous of strippers. St...
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Showgirls is a definite backlash to the typical woman's role in society. It is very interesting to me that a movie with this message is set in a normally deviant setting, when it is trying to portray the strength of a woman. I feel this is the reason that many woman did not see the film. They are offended, disgusted, and maybe even a little jealous of strippers. Strippers are ...
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Arts: Film essays / Pleasantville
The other day while over a friend s house we started watching the movie Pleasantville. At first I thought it looked terrible and was actually about to leave when I realized that the whole movie was based on the functionalist perspective of sociology. The movie was about a brother and sister from the 90 s who get zapped into the 50 s television show Pleasantville where everything is perfect and...
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The movie I chose for my sociological movie review was Braveheart. Staring in this movie was Mel Gibson (William Wallace), Patrick McGoohan (King Edward Longshanks), Catherine McCormack (Murron) Sophie Marceau (Princess Isabella) and many more. I chose this movie because it is, hands down, the best movie of all time. It had a lot of good war, love and inspirational scenes to occupy any mind f...
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Arts: Film essays / Sociology Of Movie
"BRAVEHEART" " I shall tell you of William Wallace, historians from England will say I am a liar, but history was written from those who have hanged hero's " William Wallace was born in Scotland around 1280 BC during times of great instability. The entire country was in chaos and conflict because of an evil tyrant known as Edward the Longshanks. Longshanks claimed the thrown and entire rule of...
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Arts: Film essays / Roswell
The Roswell Incident The Roswell Incident, which enlightened our minds to the capacity of excepting all, has remained one of the most controversial issues today. In Roswell, New Mexico, 1947, a strange occurrence arises. An alien craft from outer space crashed in an open field. The issue lay still for almost thirty years, until the thought of a government cover-up arose. SocietyÆs...
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Arts: Film essays / Four Little Girls
When documentaries are filmed, produced, and then viewed, the audience is left with more knowledge and awareness than before having watched it. When I watch a National Geographic documentary on exploitation of indigenous peoples, I become aware of their situation and further understand the cruel world around me. Also, my emotions are stirred up. With the awareness that documentarie...
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Arts: Film essays / Edward Scissorhands
When Ted Burton created the film Edward Scissorhand he intended to mock the faults in society. With the assistance of oversized architecture, familiar colors and magical undertones Burton developed a charismatic tale of an outsider+s view on a simplistic, yet confused and altered society. In this film there is an obvious purpose and utilization of the colors in each scene. In normal usage, b...
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The first time I processed my own roll of black and white film I was around 14 years old. Being very anxious to see the pictures I had taken, I couldn't even wait for the film to dry. I first became interested in photography in seventh grade. My parents allowed me to buy some equipment and supplies to setup my own darkroom in our home. Everyday after school I rushed home to develop and pr...
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The Blair Witch Project The newly released movie The Blair Witch Project seems to have caused a commotion amongst film reviewers and the actual public. It s a very interesting film about three filmmakers who are actually making the film that you watch. The emotion in the film leads the viewers to believe that it s real. This movie can be classified as a horror film but it can also be suspen...
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Arts: Film essays / The Fan
An extraordinary film that every movie guru should see is The Fan. Putting this picture on a pedestal would be the right thing to do. My counter-part, Hector, also gives the movie exemplary reviews. Robert DiNero plays a psychotic baseball fan who was an appalling father and a die-hard for the game. This crazy man just wants credit for giving a Barry Bonds-like player ( Wesley Snipes ) ...
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ROMEO AND JULIET PERSUASIVE ESSAY Romeo and Juliet is a play about tow young adults that fall in love with each other. The only thing that is holding these tow lovers back is the feuding between the two families. "Was Franco Zeffili s film version of the play "Romeo and Juliet an improvement over Shakespeares play?" Yes, Franco Zeffelli s f...
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Arts: Film essays / Memento
Memento directed by Christopher Nolan, is quite the rabble-rouser. The concepts and ideas the film conveys to the movie watching audience are a welcome, fresh change from the recent stagnation that American Film has endured. Mr. Nolan built this film off a concept that had nothing in common with the all too familiar current movie templates directors have been following in hopes to create the ne...
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Arts: Film essays / Seven Samurai
Allison Mais December 5, 2000 Film/Video Report “Seven Samurai” Humanities 3, Fall 2000 Kurosawa creates a masterpiece with the Seven Samurai. This film was created in 1954, it is a Japanese film and it has English subtitles. The Seven Samurai is a story about a small farming village in 16th century Japan that is under constant threat from traveling groups of outlaw bandi...
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Arts: Film essays / Camila
Camila is an Argentinean film set in the mid 19th century, during the Rosas regime. The film focuses on the lives of a young girl, Camila, and her Jesuit priest Ladislao Gutierrez. Camila and Ladisalo fall in love and the film follows their troubles. Through following the events that happen with Camila and Ladisalo, the director shows how restrictive and devout followers of Rosas were and...
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Arts: Film essays / Breakfast At Tiffany's
Breakfast at Tiffany s So often the original idea of a novel is lost when the story is transferred from paper to film. Truman Capote s Breakfast at Tiffany s is an excellent example of such a case. While the movie and the book are both immensely charming, they are so respectively, in their own right. One of the most notable differences between the book and movie, Breakfast at Tiffany s, is the...
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Godfrey Reggio s film Koyaanisqatsi Koyaanisquatsi is a beautiful portrayal of life and a shocking realization of how humans have altered it with technology. In Godfrey Reggio s film, Koyaanisqatsi, a powerful contrast is creatively illustrated between the benefits and the costs of the modernization, through technology, of our industrial society. It is hard to determine Reggio s view on t...
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Arts: Film essays / The Blair Witch Project
The Blair Witch Project The movie The Blair Witch Project is one that seemed to cause a commotion amongst film reviewers and the actual public. It s a very interesting film about three filmmakers who are actually making the film that you watch. The emotion in the film leads the viewers to believe that it s real. The film is by independent directors, unknown to most of the public. They atten...
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Arts: Film essays / Romeo Must Die Review
Fans of Jet Li know him for his excellent martial arts ability. He is making his third debut this year with his new movie Romeo Must Die. He made his first appearance as the bad guy in Lethal Weapon 4, and then starred in Black Mask. He is a seventh degree black belt and his fans hold him to it when they watch him on the big screen. His audiences are looking for some excellent fights, howeve...
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Arts: Film essays / Film As Art
In The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Walter Benjamin discusses the changing role and meaning of art throughout history. He states that the mechanical reproduction of art lessens the meaning of the art to those who view it. The very existence of mechanical reproduction of art has itself spawned new forms of art which are completely subject to or, like the film, founde...
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Australian films, although we sometimes may not realize it, contain portrayals of the Australian Identity that are seen across the world, but are these stereotypes healthy to the image of Australia? Film is a medium, which is able to converse across cultures & nations. Often the only knowledge of certain events and cultures is obtained through film. Therefore the way certain cultures or event...
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Arts: Film essays / Simon Birch
The overall effectiveness of the film Simon Birch is enhanced by technical details such as, sound, lighting, colour and symbolic representation. Sound is an effective means of creating atmosphere and hence creating audience appeal. Similarly, lighting also brings emotion and mood to a film. Colour influences the appeal and aura a film may have upon an audience. The inclusion of symbols ...
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Arts: Film essays / Film Review For Macbeth
From start to finish the story of Macbeth proved to be a gripping, powerful, and very illustrious and graphic dipiction of an army general turned king going mad with power, as did the film we watched after finishing reading the play. Both the book and movie had their good, and bad parts or points. Some, actually many thing's between the two were the same. Some good points about the movie, tha...
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Arts: Film essays / Robinhood
Critiquing the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves by Kevin Reynolds, was filmed in two locations: Los Angeles, California and Yorkshire, England. The film location was accurate for the movie. It was shot mostly in England in Sherwood Forest, to give a more authentic effect. The costume designs were accurate, with today technology and designers anything is possible. The make-up was great,...
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Arts: Film essays / American Ethics
American Beauty is a very intricate film portraying the sarcasm intertwined within American values, or beauties. Every scene within American Beauty influences each character in the movie as well as other scenes. The structure of this flick is as if it were not possible to remove one scene from the work, otherwise the entire movie would collapse like a domino effect. People Magazine writes a s...
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Arts: Film essays / Film 2
Anthology Film Archives evolved from roots and visions that go back to the early Sixties, when Jonas Mekas, the director of the Film-Makers' Cinematheque, a showcase for avant-garde films, dreamed of establishing a permanent home where the growing number of new independent/avant-garde films could be shown on a regular basis. Anthology maintains that the art of film must be defined in terms of ...
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Arts: Film essays / Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane What makes an excellent movie? Orson Welles starred and produced in the movie Citizen Kane, now known as the greatest movie ever made. Citizen Kane loosely portrays the life of William Randolph Hearst. In the movie, the use of sound, great acting, and irony help make this movie number one. First, the use of sound adds to the overall splendor of the film. Orson Welles, often us...
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Arts: Film essays / Fear And Loathing
The film was produced in the early goings of summer in 1998 almost as a tribute to the re-release of the novel of the same name in June. Directed by Monty Python's Flying Circus animator Terry Gilliam [12 Monkeys], the film was received quite poorly in the box office and even by the counterculture which was its target audience. Not even an impressive list of cameo appearances could salvag...
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Arts: Film essays / Film "Europe"
The film Europe, The Mighty Continent was an attempt entertaining film that was made from an entirely different angle than other history films. Although Peter Ustinov was charismatic at the, outset his repetition of how important his family was to Europe became a persistent annoyance that took away from the film. The viewer will spend more time trying to figure out his accent that ...
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The history of the great talent Lillian Gish is immeasurable. She has acted in more productions per decade then anyone else in this century. She has been in one hundred and five films alone, that’s not counting all the on stage productions she has performed in. The amazing talents of this once beautiful young actress can be seen in any of her early silent films too. Way Down East and ...
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Arts: Film essays / Roger And Me
Roger and Me The film was one that utilized and demonstrated many techniques found in the genre of documentary. Michael Moore took every aspect of making a film and flawlessly executed it. The resulting product was one that was to the point and interesting. The first thing that I realized was Moore s ability to use B role and integrate it seamlessly into the film. One example would be whe...
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Arts: Film essays / Visions And Voices
Visions and Voices The biographical film of Langston Hughes is both informative and entertaining. It approaches Hughes s life with insightful observations from the people that personally knew him. The film goes into detail on his family background and early life before his poetic success, and continues through his life in Harlem, his literary achievements, and legacy. The film has interestin...
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Some stories are meant for movies, but then again, there are times when I wish some stories remained stories, unless we had a French film director do them. Laura Ezquivel' s novel is a treat. It stays with you as a fine dessert, or a fine food, and she knows it so well, and revels in it. In the film version, this gets lost because it cannot translate. The twelve recipes for each month get...
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Arts: Film essays / Voices And Visions
The biographical film of Langston Hughes is both informative and entertaining. It approaches Hughes’s life with insightful observations from the people that personally knew him. The film goes into detail on his family background and early life before his poetic success, and continues through his life in Harlem, his literary achievements, and legacy. The film has interesting fac...
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Arts: Film essays / Loft Comparrison Essay
Comparison Between Lord Of The Flies Film And Novel Many novels have tried to adopt the idea of their story on to a film, such as the novel Lord Of The Flies. It is apparent that in most cases the novel is more successful than the film, since it has a greater capability to attract the readers attention by using literally devices such as symbolism, and meaningful events through out the story. I ...
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Arts: Film essays / Photography
The Photographic silver process Photography is the process of producing images on a sensitized surface ( a film ) by the action of radiant energy and especially light. The light creates an imprint of darks and lights upon the film which resemble the image from which the light has been reflected. In the process of black and white photography, silver plays a great role in the developme...
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Arts: Film essays / Analysis Of Red Rock West
Film noir has been around since the years following World War II, yet it has managed to keep the same characteristics it originally had. There have been many movies than may have film noir characteristics, but few can claim to be a true film noir. In recent years, the only major change made to the style of film noir has been the addition of color. Red Rock West is a 90 s version of film ...
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In the Book Bruce Lee: They Died too Young, writer Jon Lewis tells the story of the greatest martial artist that ever lived. Known as Lee Jun Fan only to his family, Bruce Lee was an enthusiastic boy who took a special interest in the martial arts. Unfortunately,his life was cut short at the age of only thirty-two. Through this short yet unbelievably incredible life, Bruce Lee still proves to...
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Arts: Film essays / Cool Hand Luke
Cool Hand Luke The film Cool Hand Luke is an amazing film. The film isn t just a good story, it goes much deeper than that. It almost duplicates the bible and it s stories. In fact, many critics compare Luke to Jesus Christ. The director, Stuart Rosenberg, tries to artistically set up the comparison. Stuart Rosenberg doesn t just come out and say Luke resembles Jesus Christ. Rosenberg uses...

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