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  • Existential Films
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    EXISTENTIALISM IN FILM I could not say where or how existentialist themes first emerged in film. Often times, critics will point to the work of Ingmar Bergman and Federico Fellini as early examples. Indeed, these two men are titans in their art, and they will be discussed in this essay. However, it occurs to me that a certain genre of film being made in America during the late forties and early fifties perhaps deserves credit for treating very early, if not for the first time, subject matter and...
  • Little Women And My Brilliant Career
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    The first reason I chose Gillian Armstrong for my research paper is because I admire her dedication and ambition to become a director even though it was a male-dominated job at the time. She is an extremely ambitious and independent woman that didn't let anything get in her way of pursuing her goal to become a director. The second reason I picked Gillian Armstrong is because she is the director of Little Women, which has been an all-time favorite film of mine since I was little. Armstrong has ex...
  • Sympathy With Vera Drake
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    Vera Drake Vera Drake is a film nominated for several Oscars, and a completely successes for Mike Leigh, who is both director and writer. The film is set in London in the early 1950's. Vera Drake lives with her husband Stan, and her two grown children Ethel and Sid, in a small middle class flat. Vera is a domestic who cleans the houses of rich women, while Stan works at a mechanic shop run by his brother Frank. Vera has a heart of gold, and is cheerful at anytime, even though she got plenty of w...
  • Far Throughout The Narratives Vincent's Amoral Attitude
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    Pulp Fiction, through the course of incorporating three seemingly unrelated narratives pulled together an interwoven story that unfolded like a well-oiled machine. With each of the narratives relying on pieces of the lurid subject matter (pulp) previous to it, which aided in expressing the overall theme. The film manages to pull this off while still giving each of its narrative segments equal weight; as a result they work like interlocking gears, each one necessary to all the others. Leaving us ...
  • Effective Film Score
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    Film Score Music To say that music plays a large role in our society would not do justice to one of the most important and popular art forms of yesterday and today. We underestimate the effectiveness and power that music, in any form, can have over even the most insensitive of people. In almost everything we do and see music is involved in some form or another. Be it a piece played at a wedding, a song played on the radio or even the music played in the background in a television commercial. The...
  • Their Attitudes And Beliefs
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    A shift in the attitudes and beliefs of any ancestral society is most often a convoluted and lengthy task, caused by a combination of many people's actions. The text "To Kill A Mockingbird", and the film "The Power of One", address the extent of influence one person's risk and sacrifice can have on the ideologies that are adhered to by a society. Both stories contain characters that show courage and morality by acting on their disapproval of the prejudice that is rife in their respective communi...
  • Films Lone Uncompromising Homicide Detective Dave Bannion
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    "A tension between placid surface and hidden corruption structures The Big Heat, and the drama deals with a struggle between those forces which try to keep the lid on and those which want to force the hidden violence out into the open" (Tom Gunning). Discuss this claim in relation to the film. Somebody's going to pay... because he forgot to kill me, this was the tagline featured on the poster for Fritz Lang's dark film noir classic The Big Heat which establishes the films undercurrents of violen...
  • Documentary Film On Mahatma Gandhi
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    ... Mahatma Gandhi was a multi-faceted man, one whose writings spanned every subject under the sun, including: agriculture, education, science, sanitation, economics, literature, industry, women, children, health, family planning, religion, and, of course, politics. Many were surprised to learn of his prolific writing, and were astounded to hear that he had probably written more than anyone else in history (his collected works run to over 100 volumes, several hundred pages each). Mahatma Gandhi ...
  • Theme Of Citizen Kane
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    The classic masterpiece, Citizen Kane (1941), is probably the world's most famous and highly rated film, with its many remarkable scenes, cinematic and narrative techniques and innovations. The director, star, and producer were all the same individual - Orson Welles (in his film debut at age 25), who collaborated with Herman J. Mankiewicz on the script and with Gregg Toland as cinematographer. Within the maze of its own aesthetic, Citizen Kane develops two interesting themes. The first concerns ...
  • Rosemary's Baby
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    Roman Polanski incorporated religious themes into his films, "A Knife In The Water" (Poland 1962) and "Rosemary's Baby" (U.S. 1968)". A Knife In The Water" contains some Christian imagery that is not incorporated into the plot or theme of the film. In contrast, the central theme of "Rosemary's Baby" is religion. I believe this difference illustrates the fact that Polanski desired to make a radical religious film but was unable to do so until he came to The United States. "A Knife In The Water" i...
  • Distinction Between Kurosawa And Zemeckis Films
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    Film 295 F Essay "As the term suggests, an auteur is an author, someone whose aesthetic sensibilities and impact are most important in the creation of a text. With literary texts, discerning authorship is usually no problem. But with collaborative art forms, such as film, deciding on authorship is much more complicated. Generally speaking, film theorists have concluded that it is the director of a film who is the auteur, the most important creative figure. But auteur theory is concerned with mor...
  • Level Of Satisfaction Of The Film
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    In the film Fried Green Tomatoes, directed ny Jon Avnet, aspects such as humour and the themes of death and friendship greatly contributedto the overall level of satisfaction of the film. Humour was an important aspect of the film as it aided in the development of the film's ideas of friendship and death. One humourous event included the apparent death of Ninny. When Evelyn hears the news of her death, her initial reaction was very emotional and set a sad atmosphere. But, as she realises the mis...
  • Classic Film
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    The films "Gone With The Wind" and "Glory" directed by David Selznick and Edward Zwick respectively, discuss similar themes. These are both film classics and important movies based on the American Civil War. There are many different themes and issues raised in both movies and the messages presented vary in purpose. "Gone With The Wind" is a movie that was created with a vision for entertainment and is a classic tale of a love-hate romance set before and during the civil war. "Glory" however, was...
  • Film Pulp Fiction
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    The film pulp fiction does not follow a classical narrative structure of thesis, anti thesis and synthesis instead it relies on the theory of anti narrative to tell the tale this is were films lose their chronology and include repeated images and flash backs. Narrative can also be manipulated to lower the number of readings available to the audience from the media text in question to some this could be seen as a form of brain washing. Anti narrative is the opposite to linear narrative, linear na...
  • Best Known Classical Science Fiction Films
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    "Planet of the Apes" is a chilling science fiction set in the year 3978 and is one of the best known classical science fiction films. When astronaut Taylor lands on an apparently distant planet he and his colleagues find it to be deserted or so it seems. Not only is the planet inhabited by humans but the humans have been terrorized by a more advanced species of apes. Taylor's team is shot and he is imprisoned where he meets a chimpanzee scientist called Zira who shows compassion for him. Zira he...

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