Research Papers on All Film, Television, Theater, Music and Dance

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  • Retelling Beowulf in 13th Warrior

    A 3 page essay that contrasts and compares the Old English epic poem Beowulf to the film The 13th Warrior. The writer discusses similarities and differences and argues that the film and the epic poem share a similar perspective on the code of honor that make up the warrior's creed, that is, the film--like the epic poem--supports an ethos that values bravery, courage, devotion to duty and self-sacrifice. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Anthropological Assessment of the Film North Country

    A 7 page research paper that discusses this film. North Country, directed by Niki Caro, portrays the story of Josey Aimes, a story that is inspired by the woman who began with nation's very first class action lawsuit for sexual harassment. This film portrays the multifaceted and complex factors that influenced the behavior of the characters and, thus, provides a telling commentary on gender expectations and norms within the context of American society. The following examination of this film first offers a synopsis of the plot, but then discusses the film from an anthropological point of view. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Story of Doctor Zhivago

    A 4 page paper which examines the story of “Doctor Zhivago” and illustrates how everyone, in some way, can relate to him and his struggles. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Relevance of “The Doctor” to Assessment and Appraisal

    This 3 page paper explains the relevance of the film “The Doctor” to medical students with regards to assessment and appraisal. Bibliography lists 1 sources.

  • Macbeth and Doctor Faustus

    A 10 page paper which examines how the character of Doctor Faustus is not a character we can sympathize with or even pity, unlike Macbeth whom we can pity and have sympathy for. No additional sources cited.

  • German Expressionism in Cinema

    A 6 page paper which examines the film genre known as German Expressionism. The paper discusses the genre and then examines one of its most famous films, “The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari.” Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Cinematic and Literary Representations of Vanity

    This 5 page paper compares and contrasts the Taylor movie, The Devil's Advocate and Marlowe's Doctor Faustus for the deadly sin of vanity. The role of this emotion and the function it plays is exampled in each work with correlating quotes from the text. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari Film and Expressionist Painting

    An 11 page paper which examines the focus on expressionist painting in the film “The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari.” Bibliography lists 6 additional sources.

  • Spielberg/Catch Me If You Can

    A 10 pages research paper/essay that examines Catch Me If You Can (2002, directed by Stephen Spielberg), which is the most-or-less true story of Frank W. Abagnale Jr., a disturbed, but ingenious adolescent who successfully impersonates being an airline pilot, a lawyer, and a doctor, while also forging 2.5 million dollars in checks, all between the ages of 16 and 21. There is arguably nothing more appealing in film than the hero who has the ability to do anything. However, this film also provides insight into deeper, more poignant truths about human nature than are evident in Frank's flashy criminal lifestyle. The writer discusses cinematography, editing, sound design and other aspects of the film. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Life and Works of Nineteenth Century French Composer Cesar Franck

    This is a 9 page paper discussing composer Cesar Franck and his works. French composer Cesar Franck (1822-1890) born in Liege, Belgium was considered one of the most talented French composers of all time. While he was known initially for his organ music and playing, especially in the new church of Ste. Clotilde in Paris, he became considerably better known for his range of compositions throughout his lifetime. The organ and the Church played significant roles in some of his early works but his talent was truly revealed through his exceptional range in compositions which included not only singular pieces for the organ, keyboards and other instruments but also symphonies, chamber music and the nineteenth century phenomenon symphonic poems, among others. Much of Franck’s work showed the influence of the Church within his work and life and many of his works are still used within the Catholic liturgy. Other works, such as the symphonic poem Psyche among others showed how passionate and romantic Franck could be often revealed within the mythical and natural worlds. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Retelling Beowulf in 13th Warrior

    A 3 page essay that contrasts and compares the Old English epic poem Beowulf to the film The 13th Warrior. The writer discusses similarities and differences and argues that the film and the epic poem share a similar perspective on the code of honor that make up the warrior's creed, that is, the film--like the epic poem--supports an ethos that values bravery, courage, devotion to duty and self-sacrifice. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Portrayal of Time in Works by Terence Davies and T.S. Eliot

    A 3 page paper which examines time as presented in T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Four Quartets” and the films of Terence Davies. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Sublime and Subjective Romanticism in William Wordsworth’s “Tintern Abbey”:

    In four pages this paper examines the Romantic themes of the sublime and subjectivity within the context of Wordsworth’s poem, and also considers how these themes are similarly expressed in the Romantic musical compositions of Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert, and Felix Mendelssohn. Six sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Lorraine Hansberry and Langston Hughes

    A 3 page paper which compares Langston Hughes’ poem “A Dream Deferred” with Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun.” No additional sources cited.

  • Willy Loman and Exhaustion

    A 5 page paper which examines the sources of exhaustion experienced by Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” The paper discusses how these forms of exhaustion play a part in his depression and suicide. No additional sources cited.

  • The Dark Side of Country Music

    A 5 page paper that argues the point that country and western music does not express the noble and pure American spirit as has been claimed. Discussed is the inherent depression and violence that has come to mark contemporary country music. Also disused is recent research aimed at linking country music with depression and high suicide rates. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Dystopia and the Film The Matrix

    This is a 5 page paper discussing the film “The Matrix” as a dystopia. The 1999 Wachowski brothers’ film “The Matrix” reflects the most severe fears and anxieties within today’s society in regards to a futuristic world as a “dystopia”. Opposite of More’s idealistic world portrayed in his work “Utopia”, the literary term “dystopia” refers to a “bad place”. Since the industrial revolution and more recently the computer and information revolution, society’s fears of possible negative results from growing technological achievements have been reflected in literature and cinema. While currently cyber-technology, that which is related to the computer world and artificial intelligence, is being promoted as a positive element within society in that humans are able to access free information and share information on a global scale, the film “The Matrix” portrays more so that element not promoted within technological circles, that is, the negative and de-humanizing aspects of cyber-technology which robs human of their individuality from a physical and mental perspective and uses humans for the proliferation and eventual dominance of artificial intelligence. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Palestinians as Victims of War in Paradise Now, Making Of, and Palestine

    In four pages this paper examines the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the perspective of the Palestinians, which is rarely glimpsed in the media. Specifically considered in a discussion of Hany Abu-Assad’s film Paradise Now, Nouri Bouzid’s film Making Of, and Joe Sacco’s documentary comic graphics text Palestine are the Palestinians’ continued victimization because of the Israeli occupation and the motivation for young men to become suicide bombers, with the quest for truth also considered. Four sources are listed in the bibliography. TGparmakpal.rtf

  • Two Playwrights Look at Death

    This 5 page paper examines the way in which Arthur Miller handles Willy Loman’s suicide in “Death of a Salesman” and compares it to the way Marsha Norman deals with Jessie’s death in “’Night Mother.” Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Witness to Jonestown, An Analysis

    This 8 page research paper offers an analysis of the 2008 documentary directed by Stephen Stept, Witness to Jonestown, which was produced to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Jonestown mass suicide. The writer critiques the film's main themes and the accuracy of their presentation,. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller and its Tragic Hero Willy Loman

    This is a 5 page paper discussing the concept of Willy Loman as a tragic hero. Arthur Miller’s character Willy Loman in his play “The Death of a Salesman” comes across as a tragic hero. As the tragic hero, Loman is both the bane yet the central axis of his family with whom he is unable to connect and form significant relationships. Loman’s own delusions lead to much of the tragic perception of him as it appears only Willy is unable to see how unrealistic his perceptions of his life and success really are. While Loman eventually commits suicide in a last attempt to provide money which will lead to his son Biff’s success, Loman again becomes the tragic hero as his death does not live up to his original delusions but instead favors his family with “freedom”; something they had all wished for while Loman was alive. Tutorial language is inserted throughout in square brackets to assist in writing. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • The Film Ordinary People & Carl Rogers

    A 5 page research paper/essay that discusses the film Ordinary People, directed by Robert Redford for Paramount in 1980, which presents a dysfunctional family that is traumatized by guilt and grief. Conrad Jarrett is an adolescent who tries to commit suicide following the death of his brother, Buck, in a boating accident. Conrad cannot overcome his intense feeling of guilt for having survived the accident that killed his brother. Conrad is eventually able to heal due to the intervention of a therapist, Dr. Berger, the context of the movie suggests that Dr. Berger’s intervention can be viewed as adhering to the therapeutic and theoretical perspective of Carl Rogers. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Flute History and Use

    A 4 page paper discussing changes in the flute since the 14th century. The flute as it is known today owes many of its characteristics and qualities to the changes designed and implemented by Theobald Boehm (1794-1881) in the early 19th century. A woodwind most often used as a soprano voice in orchestras, marching bands and ensemble groups, the flute remains one of the most popular of all the musical instruments commonly in use today. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Vampire Movies and How They Have Evolved

    Even with their occasional lunacy, silliness, and off-beat plots, Vampire movies have an undeniable appeal in the contemporary world theater. Be it the eroticism of the free-spirited vampire, or the predictability of his clever seduction, Dracula and his offspring will probably continue to exist for as long as there are movies to watch ! This 9 page report analyzes how vampire stories have both changed and remained the same since they first appeared in print and then on "the big screen." A number of films are reviewed. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Conflict, Balance, and the Tea Ceremony in Rikyu

    This is a 5 page paper discussing Rikyu and the formal tea ceremony as important aspects of balance and conflict in the film “Rikyu”. In the 1990 film “Rikyu”, the importance of Rikyu and the traditional tea ceremony provide a reflection of the political balance and conflict going on in Japan during the leadership of Emperor Hideyoshi in the late 1500s. Rikyu was the respected tea master at that time and had formed a close alliance with the emperor. The emperor who enjoyed his power and wealth realized the importance of the tea ceremony in the life of Japan and proceeded to organize a large ten day tea festival. Throughout the development of the well orchestrated ceremonies, led by Rikyu, the emperor experienced conflict between the political forces around him, his need for tranquility, his alliance with Rikyu, his desire to invade Korea and the presence of other powerful political men present, such as Ieyasu. When Rikyu and Hideyoshi conflicted on the political aspects of Hideyoshi’s rule, such as the invasion of Korea, and Hideyoshi realized Rikyu’s growing influence in the country, he knew he had to remove Rikyu from the growing threat to his authority and through the ceremony insinuated that Rikyu must commit suicide; which he did to fulfill his commitment to the emperor and retain the balance in the country. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Cinematic Style, Influence, and Impact of Francis Ford Coppola

    This is a 5 page paper discussing Francis Ford Coppola: his life, influences and impact on the film industry. Francis Ford Coppola has attained a great place in the history of American film makers as one of the most innovative, dedicated and most of all independent directors of the second half of the 20th century. Inspired originally by directors such as Orson Welles and Jean-Luc Godard, Coppola and his colleagues from the late 1960s and early 1970s have managed to create a unique and committed independent film generation. The Italian operatic lighting and music throughout the film “The Godfather” and the painstakingly realistic “Apocalypse Now” have escalated Coppola higher than his original intention to “launch something independent and something American that was really related to cinema”. In the creation of his own studio, Zoetrope, Coppola has launched careers of other directors and writers with independent vision within his own and the subsequent generation. Rather than follow in the well structured footsteps of many of those who preceded him, Coppola’s vision is more that of the “concept of the auteur” where he is a creator of his work rather than one who just films the work. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • The History of Rock Music in Mexico

    This 7 page paper chronicles the underground beginnings of rock and roll in Mexico to the rise in popularity of Mexican Rock and Roll to the point that its influences became international. Loads of quotes from texts. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Ethical Theories and Norma Rae

    A paper which looks at the film Norma Rae from the perspective of various ethical theories, including utilitarianism, consequentialism and Kant's deontology.

  • Jean Luc Godard's Unconventional Cinematic Style

    A 13 page paper which considers the unorthodox film-making style of controversial French director, Jean-Luc Godard, with emphasis on how his political views influenced and were expressed in his movies, how different they were from the typical Hollywood mainstream films, and the change in their critical acceptance then and now. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Overview of the Film Good Night, Good Luck

    A 3 page paper on the film “Good Night, Good Luck.” Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Film Malcolm X

    A 3 page discussion of the film “Malcolm X.” No additional sources cited.

  • Cinema and Sexuality

    A 6 page research paper that analyzes the film 'American Beauty' and what it says about the way that American culture perceives sex and gender. The writer also applies sociological theories on gender to messages that the film conveys concerning sexual behavior. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Western Films and the Themes of Loss and Regret

    A 5 page paper which analyzes film historian Thomas Schatz's contention that, "The Western is always about regret and it's always about loss" to determine whether or not Schatz's conclusions are correct. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Comparing Fictional and Documentary Films

    This 5 page paper compares and contrasts documentaries and films based on fiction. The differences are highlighted. Films that use documentary-style techniques, but are fictitious, are also discussed. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Two Prominent Cult Movies

    This 6 page paper presents a comparison of the cult films, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Plan Nine From Outer Space. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Mainstream Cinema and the Portrayal of Women

    This 5 page paper considers the way that women are portrayed and used in mainstream cinema and films from the perspective of feminist Laura Mulvey. By using the 1998 film 'Wild Things' the writer illustrates the points raised that argue women are used primarily to satisfy the male gaze. The bibliography cites 2 sources.

  • Horror Cinematic Genre

    This paper examines the various sub-genres within the main genre of "horror films," noting examples of films during the late 20th century. The essay also discusses why horror films endure in appeal, and the difference between psychological thrillers and blood-and-gore films. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • War Films Made by the Soviet Union

    An 8 page paper which examines whether or not Soviet war films are really about war. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • 'Mr. Strehlow's Films' Analyzed

    A 5 page paper which examines the series of documentary films that captured the life, customs and rituals of the Australian aborigines. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Women's Roles in Western and Hindi Cinema

    This is an 8 page paper discussing the different roles of women as portrayed in contemporary Hindi and Western film. Comparisons of the movies “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” and “Sleepless in Seattle” are made. Both movies were based on the same story but were treated differently in the roles the women played. “Kuch Kuch” had to maintain the male-dominated features from Indian society but the women still were strong, independent yet respectful of tradition and the story touched on several social issues. “Sleepless” portrayed women as independent in their work and lives, but were pathetic in their pursuit of men and the story remained simple and predictable. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • John Ford's Films and Christian Allegory

    This 5 page paper looks for Christian allegory in four of John Ford's films (Grapes of Wrath, Stagecoach, The Sun Shines Bright and The Fugitive). Various themes are explored. No sources.

  • Landscape's Symbolic Uses in Chinese Movies Red Sorghum, The Blue Kite, and Yellow Earth

    This is a 5 page paper discussing the use of landscape as symbolism in three Chinese films. The Fifth Generation of directors who graduated in China in the 1980s combine vivid depictions of colour and landscapes to symbolize the political climate, oppression and vitality of the Chinese people throughout their films best represented by “Yellow Earth” directed by Chen Kiage, “The Blue Kite” directed by Tian Zhuanshuang, and “Red Sorghum” directed by Zhang Yimou. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Apocalyptic Representation Supporting Authoritarianism in Science Fiction Movies

    This 5 page paper discusses U.S. science fiction films and how they use apocalyptic representation to present authoritarian arugument in support of authoritarianism. This paper uses many specific film examples. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Films Based on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    A 6 page paper which compares and contrasts the 1994 version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein by Kenneth Branagh and the 1931 film version by James Whale. Bibliography lists 2 additional sources.

  • Flawed Characters in Death of a Salesman, Antigone, and Oedipus

    A 7 page paper which examines the character flaws possessed by characters in the plays Antigone, Oedipus, and Death of a Salesman. bibliography lists 4 additional sources.

  • Lawrence of Arabia by Filmmaker David Lean

    A 5 page critique that considers its importance to the epic film genre and includes critical reactions to the film. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Copyright Law and Music Piracy

    This 10 page paper takes a look at music piracy and copyright law and how entities like Napster have gone south. Some cases are mentioned. Recommendations on what record companies should do to make money are noted. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Cinematic Examples of the Model of Due Process and the Roles Played by Community and the Law

    This is a 6 page paper discussing the concepts of the role of law in a community and the due process model as found in examples in film. Tutorial language appears in square brackets throughout the text to assist in the writing process. Several factors which are relevant to the law and crime are often well depicted within the cinema. In many cases within films which center on a community’s involvement in a local legal trial evidence can be found as to the understanding of the role of law within a community and within society. Basically, the law is meant to reflect society’s attitudes and values. While mostly, this role of law is beneficial to individuals within those communities as found in the films “Brother’s Keeper” and “Erin Brockovich”, in the case of conflicting communities within the same area, often one community can override the needs of another as seen in “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Other elements which are revealed within films dealing with legal cases are those which explore the criminal models of crime control and due process. Historically, due process may be difficult to find or non-existent such as in Henry VIII’s treatment of Sir Thomas More in “A Man for All Seasons” or the idea of completing the trials with expediency in “Judgment at Nuremberg”. More recent films, however, such as “The Verdict” try to show the benefits of due process within the legal system. Bibliography lists 11 sources

  • The Legal Use of Violence and Adversial Process

    A 5 page paper which examines the effectiveness of the adversial process and the legal use of violence in the field of law. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • The Effects of Violent Lyrics on Aggressive Thoughts and Feelings

    In twenty-six pages this paper presents research on the effects violent song lyrics have on aggression that examines various types of lyrics (heavy metal, rap/gangsta, and country), demographics (age, gender, geography), and subheadings including introduction, statement of the problem, aims/objectives of the study, relevance of the study, literature review, rationale of the present study, statement of hypothesis, operational definition, subject/sample population, instrument/materials, design, procedure, scoring of data, analysis, references, and appendix. Fifteen sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Cinema and 'Race Films'

    This is a 5 page paper discussing the film genre “race films”. In the 1920s emerged a new era of cinema known as the “race films” which were made by African Americans, starred African Americans in independent roles and were meant for African American audiences. This movement was meant as a rebuttal for the largely popular film “The Birth of a Nation” (1915) which glorified the Ku Klux Klan. The actors who starred in the race films were soon integrated into Hollywood films in the 1930s to 1950s but received largely supporting and stereotyped roles as mammies as seen in “Gone With the Wind”. The 1970s brought about another era of race films inspired by the civil rights movement and again a decade of films were released which were made, starred and intended for African Americans. The 1980s saw another era of supporting roles and black/white buddy movies for black actors until the most recent movement in black film making began in the late 1980s. Black directors such as Spike Lee showed the political and economic climate of the urban African American situation which resulted in another boom of race films. The genre had changed over the years however and in today’s cinema can be found a mixture of black/white buddy roles, stereotyped racial roles and movies depicting African American urban blight. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Robert Rodriguez's Films and Cultural Identities

    A 5 page paper which argues that the films of Robert Rodriguez have created a powerful outlet for people of Latino culture, and also succeeded in breaking many barriers for the Latino community as his films not only deal with ethnic people, but also fit into mainstream films. The films discussed are “El Mariachi,” “Desperado,” and “Dusk Till Dawn.” Bibliography lists 3 additional sources.

  • Jean Renoir's Movies

    An 18 page paper which examines the political and artistic differences between the pre-World War II films of the French auteur and his postwar films. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Robbery in Films

    An 8 page paper which examines bank robbery films from the 1980s and from the 2000s, discussing whether or not any technological advances seem evident in the robberies which take place. No sources cited.

  • German Films Verzweiflung and Angst Essen Seele Auf and Political Themes

    10 pages in length. The writer discusses the themes of racial dissension in "Angst Essen Seele Auf" and sexism in "Verzweiflung." Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Science Fiction Cinema's Portrayal of Society's Fears and Hopes

    A 5 page paper which discusses the films “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” as they relate to the hopes and fears of the eras in which they were produced. Bibliography lists 2 additional sources.

  • Reality and Films

    This 7 page paper argues that the media reflects reality rather than making it. Using the James Bond films as an example, the way reality is reflected is discussed looking at the developments over time and the way in which women evolve. The bibliography cites 1 source.

  • Corpse's Role in the Movies of Alfred Hitchcock

    This 10 page paper discusses the role of the corpse in Hitchcock's "Rope" and "The Trouble With Harry". These two films provide excellent examples as to the importance of a corpse and highlight the brilliance of Hitchcock in employing the use of these "dead" characters. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Federico Fellini's Movies and Their Cinematic Influence

    A 6 page paper which examines the importance of Fellini’s films in terms of their influence on Italian and European cinema, identifies and analyzes areas of innovation in both style and narrative content, mise-en-scene, and cinematography. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Purple Heart and Casablanca, Messages to the American Public in the Turbulent Years of World War II

    A 10 page research paper that examines 2 world war II films. The writer argues that these films exemplify the message being sent via movies to the American public. The Purple Heart (1944) and Casablanca (1942) both emphasize the reasons why Americans were fighting, as well as providing a template for the ideal of self-sacrifice. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • 3 Films and Their Structures

    A 3 age paper which examines “Shakespeare in Love,” “As Good as it Gets,” and “Apollo 13” in relationship to their structure. No additional sources cited.

  • A 'Classic' Film Review

    This 6 page paper discusses the term 'classic' as it is applied to five films: The Full Monty, My Beautiful Laundrette, Rear Window, Citizen Kane, and The Piano. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • 1920s' Soviet Films and the Uses of Montage

    An 8 page paper which examines montage in film and discusses why it played such an important part in Soviet films of the 1920s. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Comparative Analysis of Latino Films Mi Vida Loca and West Side Story

    A 5 page research paper/essay that contrasts and compares the films "West Side Story" and "Mi Vida Loca." The writer argues that these films are part of the same continuum, a continuum that represents the way that Hollywood sees Latinos, which is a view that is not altogether accurate. Both films focus on barrio life and the gangs that characterize the life of so many Hispanic young people. They both picture this life as a violent and often brief, a struggle for survival. Each film presents itself as a realistic picture of this American subculture. However, while each film has much to recommend it, ultimately both films must be judged as perpetuating stereotypes regarding the Latino life that they attempt to portray. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Police Reform Suggested in Films

    A 3 page research paper that examines how legal and procedural issues raised in certain films, such as Point Break and Training Day, reflect the real-life problems facing law enforcement agencies. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Four Films and Their Portrayal of Crime and Judicial Procedures

    A paper which looks at the way in which crime and judicial processes are dealt with in four modern movies, with particular reference to the moral and ethical foundations of the legal systems and the extent to which situational ethics may be appropriate in the context of law enforcement.

  • Films My Darling Clementine, Manhattan, and Identity

    A 6 page paper which examines the moral focus of self in the films “Manhattan” and “My Darling Clementine.” The text used for this examination is Robert Bellah’s “Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life.” No additional sources cited.

  • The Nights of Cabiria and Moral Struggle Films

    This 6 page paper discusses the underlying and symbolic moral struggle in the work of Fellini called, The Nights of Cabiria. Also included are the commentaries of Bondanella and Bellah. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Film Marketing by Genre

    This 4 page paper demonstrates how genre is used within films to provide a marketable commodity, appealing to an appropriate audience, and the ways in which the films 'Goodfellas' and 'The Matrix' are marketed in different formats, such as DVD, video and television. The bibliography cites 3 sources.

  • Modern Hollywood Cinema, Class and Gender Politics

    This 15 page paper looks the role of gender and class in contemporary Hollywood films. The paper looks at two modern films; The Matrix of 1999 and Underworld in 2003. The paper looks at the representations of class and gender and applies modern theory to these films to demonstrate the way that dominate stereotypes are retained even where films appear to react against social constraints. The bibliography cites 12 sources.

  • Three Film Classics and Social Issues

    A 9 page research paper that examines 3 classic films--The Little Foxes, Brief Encounter, and Death of a Salesman. The writer argues that a classic film does more than entertain; it also offers social commentary that serves to influence the perspective of the audience, helping them to "see" certain issues and human situations in a new light. This perspective is applied and discussed in relation to these films. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Religious Attitudes Represented in Hollywood Films

    19 pages in length. The coming of age in the motion picture industry would have its inventors turning in their graves; their wildest dreams could never conjure up what has come to reflect reality in today's religiously-saturated medium of entertainment. Indeed, times have changed since what began back in the late eighteen hundreds as a basis for documentaries; even – and sometimes in spite of – criticism to the contrary, Hollywood movies have been extremely successful in incorporating the concept of religion on both a conscious and subliminal level as a means by which to generate and maintain attitudes toward religion with far-reaching effects on American social and political life. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • French Films La Regle du Jeu, Zero de Conduite, Meaning and Ending

    A 12 page research paper that examines Jean Vigo's film Zero de Conduite (Zero for Conduct) (1933) and Jean Renoir's La Regle du Jeu (Rules of the Game) (1939). The writer argues that these films are two French films that are similar in the manner in which they castigate the rigidity and shallowness of French society. These films are also similar in that each director sums up the meaning of the film in the ending. In each case, the film's tone, symbolism and principal thrust culminate in powerful scenes that convey the director's vision in its entirety. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Cinematic Comedies and Sound's Role

    A 9 page research paper that discussing the use of sound in comedy films. The writer discusses Foley, sound effects, dialogue and music. Two films are highlighted, Amelie (Director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001) and Liar Liar (Director, Tom Shadyac, 1997). Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • The Films Taxi Driver and Angels with Dirty Faces and the Portrayals of Antiheros

    A 5 page paper which defines the concept of an antihero, discusses its characteristics, and then applies them to an examination of how criminals are portrayed as antiheroes in these films. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Film Documentaries and Traumatic or Moral Dilemma Representations

    This 10 page paper discusses the moral and ethical dilemmas which may be faced by directors and producers when they deal with potentially emotionally charged historical events such as the holocaust or 911. Examples of how it can be achieved without malice are given. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • The Portrayal of Friendship in French Cinema

    A 13 page paper which examines the representation of friendship in these films released between 1996-2000. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Tragic Form of Aristotle and Contemporary Cinema

    This 3 page paper analyzes Fight Club and What Dreams May Come for characteristics and elements from ARistotles Tragic form. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Cinema and the Placement of Products

    A 9 page paper which examines product placemtn in films. The films examined are "Dawn of the Dead," "E.T.," "Minority Report," and Tim Burton's "Batman." Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • A Research Paper and Essay on 3 Independent Films

    A 6 page essay/research paper that examines Clerks (1994), Pulp Fiction (1994), and The Blair Witch Project (1999). These are very different movies, yet they are all classified as successful independent films. The differences between these films brings up what question of what, precisely, constitutes an independent film? The writer explores this question in relation to these 3 films. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson and Films Inspired by This Novel

    A 5 page paper which examines how the films “Fight Club” and “Memento” have themes similar to those found in Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Gangster Genre and 2 Representative British Films

    A 9 page research paper that, first of all, discusses the gangster film genre, in general, and then in relation to two British films, The Long Good Friday and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Approaches to Other Cultures by the French and British in a Quintet of Movies

    This 4 page paper briefly explores the disparate approaches the British and French take to other cultures in their films. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Political Film Comparision of the Nonfiction The Fog of War and Fiction Fahrenheit 911

    A 7 page paper which examines the representation of the concepts political and government in these films. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Martin Scorsese's Justification of Violence in Films Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, GoodFellas and Casino

    A 5 page paper which examines how the filmmaker uses violence as a tool, with his cinematic characters receiving the deaths they deserve. While the primary concentration is on the 1995 film, “Casino,” there are also references to such other Scorsese films as “Mean Streets” (1975), “Taxi Driver” (1976), and “Goodfellas” (1990). Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Feminine Cinematic Construction in Christopher Strong and La Maternelle

    A 6 page paper which examines how these feminist films, both released in 1933, reworked conventional cinematic textual strategies in order to visually construct for viewers what it means to be feminine. Specifically considered are how the issues of work, motherhood, feminine desire, and social positioning are depicted and how narrative form is used to convey these ideas. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Sports Films

    This 5 page paper describes ten sports films and how they fit the typical "feel good" pattern, which involves someone, or a group, struggling to make good and finally either beating the "bad guys" (usually an opposing team) at the end or finding acceptance. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Feminist Critique/Disney Films

    A 3 page summation and analysis of Pamela O'Brien's essay "The Happiest Films on Earth." The writer states that the purpose of this essay is to demonstrate that, despite certain superficial changes in perspective, the Walt Disney films Cinderella and The Little Mermaid show that the Disney support of patriarchal ideology did not change between the production of these two films. No additional sources are cited.

  • Setting & Scenery in 5 Films

    A 7 page research paper that discusses and analyzes specific scenes from five films in order to discuss the significant of setting and scenery in these movies. The films discussed are Friday the 13th, My Fair Lady, Bruce Almighty, Star Wars and Corpse Bride. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Visual Imagery in 2 German Films

    An 8 page paper that discusses the visual imagery in two post-World War II German films. The films that are analyzed are The American Friend (1977), directed by Wim Wenders, and Marianne & Juliane (1981), direct by Margarethe Von Trotta. No additional sources cited.

  • Hollywood and Non Hollywood Films

    This 5 page paper looks at the critical-theoretical opposition that some criticism sets up between some notion of 'Hollywood cinema' and notions of 'non-Hollywood cinema'. The paper considers the ideas of difference and similarities and includes consideration of the idea of first second and third cinema. The bibliography cites 8 sources.

  • Communities/Societies in 4 Films

    A 6 page essay that discusses 4 films and how each one encompasses the concept of community. The films are Black Hawk Down, Hotel Rwanda, Deep Impact and The Village. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Blockbuster Movies And Independent Films: Compare/Contrast

    6 pages in length. Blockbuster movies may draw in millions upon millions of revenue dollars over and above their independent - or Indie - counterparts, but that is not because they are intrinsically better in quality, plot or underlying message; rather, it only reflects the manner by which blockbusters conform to cookie-cutter expectations of a myopic audience that refuses to push the envelope or go beyond its comfort zone. Indies, on the other hand, take up where blockbusters leave off and fill in the blanks that ultimately render these films as having substance, value and a connection to real life. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Gender/Sexuality in 6 Films

    A 7 page essay that discusses six films. Films often address the topics of gender and sexuality. Even when these issues are not in the forefront of the narrative, they are impossible to completely delete from any story that addresses the human condition. This analyses of six films looks at how each one conceptualizes gender and addresses issues of sexuality. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • The Relationship of Men in Gangster Films

    This 4 page paper looks at the way men relate to one another in gangster films, particularly "Pulp Fiction." Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Guinevere and Lancelot/Their Love in 2 Films

    A 5 page essay that analyzes 2 films having to do with Arthurian legend. This examination of two film adaptations focuses on the handling of the love affair between Lancelot and Guinevere in First Knight, directed by Jerry Zucker in 1995 and Mists of Avalon, a 2001 televised production directed by Uli Edel. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • National Identity in 2 Chinese Films

    A 7 page research paper/essay that discusses 2 films in reference to Chinese national identity. Cinema has become one of the main means of societal discourse that expresses how people perceive and define themselves and their society. In other words, national cinemas contribute to the conceptualization of national identity and influence the way in which people perceive their place in the contemporary world, as well as their past. The following examination of this sociological phenomenon focuses on two Chinese films: “The Killer” (1989) directed by John Woo and “The Blue Kite” (1993) directed by Tian Zhangzhuang. The writer also discusses what critics say about the ways in which national cinemas are defined and perceived. Bibliography is incomplete and lists 7 sources.

  • Sci-Fi Films: Radiation Monsters and Homestick Aliens

    This 8 page paper compares two classic science fiction films, “Them!” and “E.T. The Extraterrestrial” and what they tell us about the times in which they were made. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • The ‘Bright’ Promise of Communism Contrasted with the ‘Darkness’ of the Great Depression in the Films The Grapes of Wrath and Bound for Glory

    In seven pages this paper treats these films from 1940 and 1976 as if they were historical documents from the Depression era and analyzes how these respective films interpret this period in American history. Three sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Comparative Analysis of the Films The American Revolution (Part I: ‘The Conflict Ignites’), Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot, and John Adams (Part I: ‘Join or Die’)

    In ten pages this paper summarizes each film, compares and contrasts them, addresses any biases in the treatment of subject matter, analyzes the producers’ techniques, and offers the writer’s personal opinion on the accuracy of each film. One source is listed in the bibliography.

  • Analysis of Four Historical Films Ben Franklin: Inventor, Diplomat, Icon... and a Human Being, Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor, The Madness of King George, and The Conquerors: General Howe, Conqueror of New York

    In twelve pages this paper compares, contrasts, and critiques these four films on important British and American eighteenth century colonial figures. Five sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Films and the Issue of Privacy

    This 9 page paper discusses issues of privacy in film, and the impact technology has on the cinematic experience. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Music in the Films of the Coen Brothers

    A 5 page paper which examines the use of music in the films of the Coen Brothers. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • War Films and Politics

    A 6 page paper which looks at the relationship between war films and politics as seen in Saving Private Ryan and Full Metal Jacket. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • 2 films: America and The Patriot

    A 12 page research paper that reports on these films: D.W. Griffith's 1924 film America and Roland Emmerich's 2000 film The Patriot. The writer summarizes both films, compares them, discusses their historical accuracy and then offers personal opinion as to whether or not the filmmakers made the right creative decisions and whether the films should be used by educators. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Three Israeli Films

    A 3 page paper that offers brief reviews of three Israeli films, which the writer argues present similar themes. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Black Films and Hip Hop Music Videos: Race Representation

    This 13 page paper argues that race identity can be found in Black films and that this identity is not a positive reflection on both Black men or women. This paper argues that women are treated as commodities in hip hop music videos and in some Black films. However, it also points out how this is changing in Black film. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • A Beautiful Look at Schizophrenia

    This 7 page paper examines the way schizophrenia is depicted in A Beautiful Mind and other films about mental illness. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • 3 Film Reviews/Psychosocial Issues of Disability

    This 8 page research paper offers film reviews of Lorenzo's Oil, Children of a Lesser God and Rain Man, relating each film to issues that relate to psychosocial aspects of disability. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Humanity in Realistic Films Yo, Tambien (Me, Too), The Black Balloon, and Including Samuel

    In three pages, these feature films and documentary are examined within the context of defining what it means to be human, and explores the messages of hope and understanding each convey. Three sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Battle of Algiers and Black Hawk Down

    This 10 page research paper contrasts and compares 2 films: The Battle of Algiers and Black Hawk Down. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • An Analysis of the Films, Bowling for Columbine and, The Decay of Fiction

    A 6 page paper examining two films and a museum’s film exhibit. Taken together, “The Decay of Fiction,” “Bowling for Columbine” and the Guggenheim Museum’s film installation reflect a broad history of film while remaining based in the present. The two films and the Guggenheim installation discussed here illustrate film’s capacity to instruct and edify while it concurrently instills emotional bases supporting the film’s purpose. All of these artists have used that ability to its greatest potential. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Filmmaker Vittorio de Sica's The Bicycle Thief

    This 16 page paper is an in-depth examination of Vittorio de Sica’s Italian neorealist film Ladri di biciclette (1948), based on the novel by Luigi Bartolini. This is also known as The Bicycle Thief in the US and the Bicycle Thieves in the UK. The film is examined in terms of its’ cinematic detail, looking at the general approach to the film with the style and values of neo-realism, followed by the more specific detail of the films scenes, including filming techniques, the use of cameras, locations actors and the framing of social issues within the film. The bibliography 4 sources.

  • Coen Brothers' Film O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    This 5 page paper provides an overview of the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? This paper outlines the function of the cinematography in Coen brother's film, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, which helps to create the tone of the film, determines elements that support the development of the central characters, underscores the narrative parallels and contrasts among the central characters in the film and identifies certain patterns that are common to films that depict specific periods in history. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Film Noir Aspects of Sunset Boulevard and The Grifters

    A 5 page research paper that analyzes how both of these films fit into the film noir genre. The writer argues that both films are excellent examples of the film noir genre and discusses how the features of the films fit this category. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Cognitive Cinema Theory and Narration

    This 35 page paper explores both cognitive film theory and the theory of film narration separately as concepts and then together as applied to film. Several films are looked at as examples such as Citizen Kane, A Christmas Story, Clockwatchers, Requiem for a Dream and American Psycho. Genre, particularly postmodernism, is discussed in the context of cognitive film theory. Emotion is also explored in depth. Strengths and weaknesses of the narrative are also discussed. Bibliography lists 17 sources.

  • Reception Theory and Films Star Wars and Star Trek

    A 6 page research paper that explores the topic of reception theory in regards to the Star Wars and Star Trek films. Henry Jenkins (2001) points out that film fans appropriate materials from film, television and other forms of popular culture as the basis for their won cultural production" (p. 175). Through the framework provided by reception theory, Jenkins goes on to explore how this fan appropriation of film content is directly connected to the manner in which individual viewers regard specific films (2001). This sort of film appropriation and personal interpretation is particularly evident in regards to the Star Wars and Star Trek films. In both cases, the fans of these films have interpreted them in light of their personal perspectives, incorporating their interpretations of the films into the fabric of their daily lives. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • 1920 and 1992 Cinematic Adaptations of James Fenimore Cooper's Last of the Mohicans

    A 6 page research paper/essay that examines 2 film adaptations of James Fenimore Cooper's classic novel of early America The Last of the Mohicans. The two most memorable film adaptations to Cooper's text are widely considered to be the silent 1920 film directed by Maurice Tourneur and the 1992 version directed by Michael Mann. An examination of both films shows that the 1992 version is a worthy successor to the glorious cinematography displayed in Tourneur's film. However, an examination of both films also shows that Mann and his script co-writer, Christopher Crowe, made a number of changes that depart from Cooper's narrative. These changes pertain to details that make the earlier film not only more authentic in regards to Cooper's novel, but they also mean that the latter film avoids issues of racial controversial that the earlier film does not hesitate to address. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Film Genre Known as 'The Musical'

    A 7 page analysis of this definitive film genre which considers its historical context, common themes, key directors along with some of their trademark films, examines what made these films popular, and examples of three important musical films. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Influence and Influential Bruce Lee Film Enter the Dragon

    A 7 page paper which examines the film “Enter the Dragon” starring Bruce Lee and argues that it is a film that was both influenced and a film that has become one of the most influential films of all time. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Object v. Spectator Types of Cinematic Gaze

    A 42 page paper which examines the claim of film historians and critics alike that there is a paradigm in the process of film viewing that implies the superior viewer (subject) vs. the object of looking (film) and how the spectator positioning and looking relations in two feminist films, Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen’s Amy! (1980) and Michelle Citron’s Daughter Rite (1978) destroy this paradigm of looking and how this is achieved. Bibliography lists 13 sources.

  • A Film Analysis of Lewis Milestone's Arch of Triumph

    A 6 page research paper that provides a film analysis of Lewis Milestone's Arch of Triumph (1948). The writer argues that this film should have been a blockbuster, yet the critics and the public judged to be "terrible." The writer investigates why the film is so bad and suggests that the filmmakers were indecisive about their goals and possibly intended it to be seen as film noir. Bibliography cites 10 sources.

  • Seeing is Believing by Margaret Miles

    A 5 page book review of Margaret Miles' Seeing and Believing. In this text, Miles offers an articulate, well-considered evaluation of the role of film in modern society, focusing on the way that film portrays religion and reflects societal values. Miles presents an argument that possesses considerable nuance and is multi-layered in its approach to discussing the relationship between film and society, as she explores the relationship between "seeing and believing" (x) in regards to films selected from the 1980s and 90s.. No additional sources cited.

  • Critical Response to the Film The Gods Must Be Crazy

    A 4 page film review that critically analyzes this picture, focusing on how it portrays technology. The writer argues that it can best be understood as a fable against technology. Examination of this film shows that the anti-technology theme is pervasive throughout the film. Considering this agenda, the film's portrayal of the "little people" of the Kalahari Desert has to be taken with a grain of salt, that is, with a healthy dose of skepticism. No additional sources cited.

  • Scorsese/Gangs of New York

    A 4 page research paper that discusses director Martin Scorsese's epic drama Gangs of New York (2002), which is set in 1863, but this historical film can also be classified as a New York gangster film, just one set in another era. Dark and foreboding, the film chronicles a young man's revenge against his father's killer. The writer describes several scenes and how they relate to the film's overall meaning. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing

    A 5 page film review that summarizes and analyzes Spike Lee's 1989 film "Do the Right Thing," which raises a number of questions about ethnic, racial relations and what constitutes moral behavior. It is a film about racial conflict within a multiethnic community, Bedford-Stuyvesant located in Brooklyn, New York, The film's climax causes viewers to consider what is important--what is the right thing? Spike Lee's answer brings into question the mainstream society's standard reaction to violence that results from systemic social injustice. No additional sources cited.

  • The Right Stuff & Technology

    A 3 page film review that discusses how the 1983 film The Right Stuff portrays how Americans view technology. The film reports historical events accurately and creatively, but it also demonstrates, as did the book by Tom Wolfe, America's relationship with the concept of technology. While technology is presumably dry, scientific and rational, this film shows how it has been imbued with myth and romance by the American psyche, as it seems to constitute the "magic" of the modern age. No additional sources cited.

  • Dogma, Reflection on a Film

    A 4 page film review and reflection paper that discusses the way in which the 1999 film “Dogma” by writer/director Kevin Smith portrays religion. The writer briefly alludes to the plot of the film, but principally discusses the theological implications of the film and the factors that it satirizes. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Cradle Will Rock

    An 8 page analysis of this film. Every theatrical production and film recreates an alternate reality in order to provide the backdrop to form of storytelling that incorporates visual elements. The following analysis of Tim Robbins’ 1999 film Cradle Will Rock discusses the theatrical and cinematic elements that make up this compelling film. No additional sources cited.

  • Cinema of the 3rd World

    A 10 page exploration of third world film as a revolutionary vehicle, as well as an aesthetic art form. The writer posits that the importance of the revolutionary themes is what sets third world films apart from the more glamorous films of developed countries. The paper focuses on a brief catalog of filmmakers, and focuses on the style of and two films by Cuban Tomas Gutierrez Alea. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • 1993 Film Mrs. Doubtfire and Music

    A 5 page analysis of the function of Howard Shore's musical score in this 1993 film. The paper concludes that the music serves to tie the important moments of the film's narrative structure and emotional impact together in a subconscious way, and thus enhances our appreciation for the film's message. No sources except film.

  • Critiquing Film in Terms of Evaluation, Analysis, and Interpretation

    A 6 page paper that outlines the basic elements of film critique, then applies these elements to the 1999 M. Night Shyamalan film The Sixth Sense. Included is a comparison of the resulting critique of this film to that of popular film critics David Elliott, Steve Murray, and John Simon. Also discussed are the major differences in each of these reviews. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Film Noir Genre

    This 10 page report discusses film noir and presents the main characteristics of the genre. The transformations that have occurred in the genre over the past 50 to 60 years are outlined. A modern film, "The Matrix" is used as an example of how the unique attributes of film noir have mutated in films that are classified as belonging to an entire different genre. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • The Battleship Potemkin and Birth of a Nation

    A 4 page research paper that examines American director D. W. Griffith's 1915 film Birth of a Nation and Russian director Sergei Eisenstein's 1924 film The Battleship Potemkin, which depict crucial periods during their respective nations' histories. The writer argues that these films rationalize the social and political status quo in each of the director's countries at the time the films were produced. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Asian Culture in Art and Film

    A 9 page paper which examines how one can learn quite a bit about Asian culture and society through an examination of their art and film. The films discussed are the Chinese film “The Blue Kite” and the Japanese film “Rhapsody in August.” Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • American Interpretations of Film Noir

    An 8 page overview of this cinema style. Though the term “film noir” is French, the style originated in America largely following but partially in conjunction with World War II. Literally meaning “black film,” the style was named by French film critics for its use of monochromes of color, lack of bright light and often darkness within and among the characters. The paper uses Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane” (1941) as an example of the physical and psychological dark shadows that the film noir style uses. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • William Faulkner's 'A Rose for Emily' and Other Examples of Eccentricity

    A 5 page paper which examines William Faulkner’s character Emily, from “A Rose for Emily,” in terms of her eccentricity. Emily is discussed in relationship with other fictional characters who share some of her traits. The characters discussed are Carrie, from the film “Carrie,” Norman Bates from the film “Psycho,” Eleanor from the film “The Haunting,” and Annie from the film “Misery.” Bibliography lists 5 additional sources.

  • Narratives in the Films Citizen Kane and The Usual Suspects

    A 9 page research paper that compares the narrative technique employed in two films: Bryan Singer's The Usual Suspects (1995) and Orson Welles' classic film Citizen Kane (1941). The writer argues that the use of flashback narration in both films adds depth of meaning that would not be possible with a straight, linear telling of either story. The use of flashbacks is discussed within the context of the action of each film. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Directors as Authors in the Movie Germany in Autumn

    This is a 3 page paper discussing the role of directors as “authors” in the film “Germany in Autumn” (Deutschland im Herbst). Authorship from the aspect of film direction has recently become more accepted as it has been realized that a director’s contribution to film is unique and quite distinct from that of the producer or screenwriter. In the film “Germany in Autumn” (Deutschland im Herbst) about the murder of Hanns-Martin Schleyer by RAF terrorists in 1977, the unique “authorship” of direction is most acute as the film is segmented into pieces directed by eleven German directors. Each director presents a different perspective on the events of the crime and while the film is edited into a well-rounded montage, the difference between directors is felt by the audience and the difference between the presentations of the segments reflects well the different perspectives within Germany society at that confusing time. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Kubrick/The Shining

    A 7 page essay that discusses the 1980 film, The Shining. In this film, director Stanley Kubrick added fresh dimension to the horror film by reinventing many of the conventions of that genre. First of all, Kubrick offers a slow-paced script that builds tension slowly and in subtle, unexpected ways. In many cases, he defies conventions. For example, Kubrick filmed many of his film's most terrifying scenes in bright daylight or scenes that were brightly lit (Dirks). Unforgettable images build tension as the narrative portrays a man's descent into insanity. The psychological disintegration of the protagonist, Jack Torrance, is portrayed via Kubrick's use of camera angles and effects, as well as the cumulative effect of the other cinematic characteristics of the film. While the writer primarily discusses Kubrick's use of the camera, thematic issues are also discussed. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Accuracy in the Film "Frida"

    An 8 page research paper on the film "Frida" (directed by Julie Taymor for Miramax Pictures, 2002), which is a visually beautiful film that portrays the compelling story of the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The film dwells primarily on the love between Frida and her husband, the famed Mexican artist Diego Rivera. Frida's art is also figured prominently in this film, with a particular focus on her self-portraits, but the filmmakers never address, or only address lightly, the darker side of this artist's life and her politics. This discussion of the historical accuracy of this film biography of Frida Kahlo will, first of all, offer a brief overview of the film's plot, before turning to the accuracies and inaccuracies in this narrative. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Analysis of Raqing Bull

    An 8 page research paper that analyzes the film Raging Bull (directed by Martin Scorsese for United Artists), in which actor Robert De Niro gives a stellar performance as Jake La Motta, a middleweight prizefighter (Raging Bull, 1995). Ostensibly, the film is about Jake's boxing career, but a closer examination of this film reveals that the heart of the film focuses on how Jake handles his relationship to his wife, Vickie (Cathy Moriarty) and his brother Joey (Joe Pesci), as well as to the "degradation and defeat" that eventually "spiritually redeem him" (Raging Bull, 1995). In this analysis, the film's character structure, themes, cinematography, sound, image and symbolism and editing style, while also demonstrating how these various aspects of the film combine seamlessly to create an exemplary cinematic experience. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Frida/Accuracy of Recent Film

    A 9 page research paper that discusses a Miramax Studios release on DVD in 2003, Frida, produced by and starring Salma Hayek and directed by Julie Taymor, this is a beautiful film that offers a compelling story of courage and fortitude in the face of physical hardship. The film is based on the life of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, an extremely talented artist whose pride and independence has inspired contemporary feminists and many others. This examination of this film, first of all, discusses the film in regards to whether or not it is an accurate portrayal of Frida Kahlo's life, offering a comparison synopsis of the film to the significant events of Kahlo's actual experience. This discussion also explores the point of the film, that is, its dominant theme and then addresses aspects of the cinematography. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Analysis About U.S. Involvement in the Vietnam War and the Creation of Myths

    This 5 page research paper examines how films created myths concerning the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Specifically discussed are films such as Apocalypse Now (1979) and Full Metal Jacket (1987), and the myths they created and exposed for audiences. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • A Comparison of The Green Berets and Casualties of War

    This 6 page research paper examines two different war films made in two different decades, The Green Berets (1968) and Casualties of War (1989). Specifically discussed are how the two films reflect the decades in which each were made, the world at the time, changes in audience tastes, etc. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Love That Does Not Last in the Films of Woody Allen

    In this 10 page paper, the writer argues that Woody Allen's films typically revolve around themes of love; particularly those that illustrate how this most hopeful emotion fades with time and is not the ever-lasting blessing that poets claim. Examples from many of his films are given to support this point. Some of the ones discussed include : 'Naked In New York,' 'A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy,' 'Love & Death,' 'Zelig,' and 'Play It Again, Sam.' Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Film Violence

    A 6 page paper that discusses the impact of violence in films in general and in the films Scarface, Reservoir Dogs, and Natural Born Killers, in particular. Court cases in which specific films have been named as influencing the murderer are cited. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • A Review of the Films, The Godfather, and Mi Familia

    A short, 3 page discussion of the contemporary film "Mi Familia" as it relates to issues concerning culture, immigration, crime, etc; Some parallels are drawn between Mi Familia and the classic organized crime film : "The Godfather." No Bibliography.

  • Tremors Science Fiction Film Review

    In this 3 page essay, the writer attempts to show the effect of this films in terms of emotional impact and the ability of the film to express the aura of horror. Also explored are the impact of plot development, the use of directorial techniques, camera shots, character development, etc;

  • 'The Creature From the Black Lagoon' vs. 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers'

    A 5 page paper which compares and contrasts the 1956 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and the 1954 film, Creature From the Black Lagoon with the 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers to demonstrate how the films reflect the fears and apprehensions of the ‘50s that no longer exist in the same form in the 1970s. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • World War II Film The Best Years of Our Lives

    A 4 page research paper on this award-winning film from the 1940s concerning the difficulties of adjustment to civilian life faced by returning World War II veterans. The writer demonstrates how this was one of the first films to offer a realistic depiction of the way in which war impacts the lives of the soldiers. Most notable is the way in which the character of a disabled veteran is handled. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • The Early Music Revival A History by Harry Haskell

    6 pages in length. The writer offers a general review of Harry Haskell's book, which is the first comprehensive historical study of its kind chronicling the early music revival, tracing its origins to the eighteenth century. No additional sources cited.

  • An Analysis of the Films, The Sacrifice, Stalker, and Daughters of the Dust

    An 8 page essay that reviews and analyzes three movies - The Sacrifice(1988) and Stalker (1979) by Tarkovsky and Daughters of the Dust (1992) by Dash. The writer argues that, in previous eras, individuals with an artistic vision had two mediums in which to express themselves—art or literature. The twentieth century has witnessed the blossoming of a third choice—cinema. The writer maintains that there are numerous examples of twentieth century film makers who manipulate light, color, words and music in such a way as to create art that rivals the finest paintings and literature for the way that it can move the human soul. No sources cited.

  • Film Analysis of Claude Jutra's Mon Oncle Antoine

    This 5 page paper looks at Claude Jutra's acclaimed film about a boy coming of age in Quebec. Production, plot and themes are discussed in light of the events in the film. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Film Review of Outremer

    This 5 page reaction paper to the French film Outremer focuses on the plot. Other aspects of film quality are discussed as well. The historical context, as the film takes place in 1950s Algeria, is emphasized. No additional sources cited.

  • The Crowd 1928 Silent Film by Director King Vidor

    This 10 page paper provides a plot and character analysis of this 1928 silent film. The film is discussed in the context of the day as well as in terms of contemporary life and film. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Perceptual Losses Between the Page and Big Screen

    An 8 page paper that argues the point that the historical written word loses much of the personal perception it evokes in individual readers when it is converted to the film medium due to the influence of the personal perception of the cinematographer. The history and evolution of historical cinematography from the earliest days of the film industry to present are discussed, including a brief description of the progressive documentary format that emerged in the 1990s. Bibliography lists 6 sources. LCFilm.doc

  • The History of Modern Music

    This 5 page paper is an informative journey through music from 1920 until the modern day. There is brief coverage of all the decades since the 1920's with examples of the contemporary styles of the day, including music by Stravinsky, Jazz, Modern, Blues, Rock and Roll, RAP and Punk. The bibliography cited 4 sources

  • Novel and Film Comparisons of Jurassic Park

    A 4 page research paper that compares and contrasts the movie version of 'Jurassic Park' to the film. The writer discusses the similarities and differences and concludes that both are excellent, but—personally—the film is preferable due to the characterization of the female roles. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • David Fincher's Film The Fight Club

    (5PP)"Fight Club" is the latest film from David Fincher, director of Alien3, Seven, and The Game. It stars Edward Norton as a young man who works behind a desk and fills his private life with consumer goods. The film manipulates in profound ways, and it's not afraid, early on, to let you be aware of that. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Modern Day Print and Film, Cultural Clashes, Chaos or Conformity

    An 8 page paper that examines the choice between conformity or chaos that teenagers and young adults are forced to make under the rules of today's society. Included is an analysis of the character of Sarah Connor in the 1984 James Cameron film Terminator as well as a discussion of Michael Lehmann's 1989 film production of Heathers and Donna Gaines' 1991 publication entitled Teenage Wasteland: Suburbia's Dead End Kids. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Beauty in Film Noir and Personal Aesthetics

    (3 pp) If we use these four diverse definitions over time, what conclusions can we make? Desirable. Mental. Mystery. An awareness of perfection. Yet each of the 5 films that we examine has a dark (film noir) element; how can that relate to beauty? Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Films and Organized Crime Depiction

    This 6 page paper looks at gangster films from the 1930s to the present and how they affected organized crime and vice versa. Several films--all centered in New York-- are discussed in terms of content as well as artistic merit. The Godfather, Donnie Brasco and On the Waterfront are just a few of the films included. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Film Noir and McCarthyism

    This 5 page report discusses the idea that it would be useful to take the idea that film noir evolved in the midst of McCarthyism one more metaphorical level and consider the ways in which McCarthyism actually was the embodiment of film noir. Creativity was questioned in the service of pointless but generally hysterical politics. Interestingly, the dark and brooding tone of film noir echoes the dark, brooding, and accusatory climate that was the norm in Hollywood during the government’s hunt for communist witches and potential informers. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • 1958 Film Touch of Evil by Director Orson Welles

    (5 pp) Three minutes into 1958's Touch of Evil, supposedly only made for the sake of money, it was clear that Welles couldn't help himself - it was the longest tracking shot in history, setting up every element of the brilliant, melancholy film noir to follow, summing up the genre of which it was one of the last and greatest examples, and blurring the boundaries between good and evil, duty and corruption, longing and loss that this film would forever define. In this discussion the motif of 'borders' is examined. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Tech Noir Film Genre and Its Contributions

    This 6 page paper looks at films in the genre with a focus on Enemy of the State and Gattaca. Other films are mentioned. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Novel and Cinematic Comparisons of The Great Gatsby

    5 pages in length. When one compares the book version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” to its movie counterpart, it is quite easy to point out the significant similarities, inasmuch as there was no way for the film director to stray too far from the author’s primary theme and still remain true to the story’s message; as such, the contrasts that one might experience between the two media forms appear to be nothing more than superficial differences that typically separate film from literature. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Shaping History Through Cinematic Narratives

    (5 pp) This tutorial uses five films to examine the use of narrative in history: Kurosawa's Rashomon, Lang's Kriemheld's Revenge, Pudovkin's The End of St. Petersburg, Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers, and the Bunuel and Dali work, Un Chien Adalou.

  • All About Eve and the Introduction by Marilyn Monroe.

    (6 pp.)It has been suggested that the 1950 movie "All About Eve," should be reclaimed and included in the history of feminist film theory. The writer will discuss that and the "talking" i ntroduction of Marilyn Monroe in this film, and her own applicability within feminist theory discussions. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • The Immigrant and Charlie Chaplin

    (6 pp.) There must be few movie-goers who do not know of the silent film star, Charlie Chaplin. One of the reasons for that fact, may be that there are twelve of Chaplin's films made by Mutual Film Company between 1916 and 1917 that have stayed popular and are still being shown over the last eight decades. The writer will examine one of those films, The Immigrant, and through it look at the performance style of "The Little Tramp," Charlie Chaplin. The writer will also give an o pinion concerning the film mocking masculinity. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Pulp Fiction and Human Anxiety

    A 7 page paper which examines Quentin Tarantino's unique use of direction in "Pulp Fiction," as it presents the viewer with separate stories coming from different time frames. The paper argues that through this particular approach the viewer is able to truly gain the importance of human anxiety, which is obviously a primary aspect of the film. This is illustrated through the description of three scenes within the film. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Second World War and Casablanca Film

    A 5 page paper which compares and contrasts the film’s relationship with World War II. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci and Joseph L. Mankiewicz

    Directors Joseph L. Mankiewicz & Bernardo Bertolucci: This 16-page essay examines films by directors, Joseph Mankiewicz and Bernardo Bertolucci – “Julius Caesar” and “The Conformist” respectively. Contributions by both directors, their underlying motivation, the historical slant of their film versions, their interpretations, political views, and the like are all considered. Bibliography lists 17 sources. SNDirect.doc

  • G.I. Jane and Disclosure Sociological and Film Analysis

    A 7 page paper which examines Demi Moore’s performances in both films, compares and contrasts the social response to the main male actors of the movies, considers the villain of “G.I. Jane” and what makes this character a villain, an explanation of the utilitarian value of sex and sex differences, and how these differences manifest in the socialization of roles, providing supporting evidence from the films. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Book and Film Versions of Empire of the Sun

    “Empire of the Sun” – The Book/ the Film: This 8-page comparative essay examines the semi-autobiographical book “Empire of the Sun” by J.G. Ballard, and the later Steven Spielberg film adaptation of the same name. Ballard wrote about living through the world-altering events of WWII, as he is transformed from affluent schoolboy into a struggling street rat. Yet, it is Spielberg who made the epic masterpiece. Bibliography lists 3 sources. SNEmpire.doc

  • Film, Theater, and Rhetoric

    Rhetoric in Theatre and Film: This 8-page essay examines the ways in which rhetoric functions within the constructs of theatre and film, while also contrasting the relationship between Eastern and Western mentalities relevant to rhetorical expression. By way of example, two divergent films will be used: “The Emperor and the Assassin” and “The Godfather.” Bibliography lists 6 sources. SNThefil.doc

  • Farewell My Concubine Film Analyzed

    A 5 page paper which examines the opening and closing scenes of the film, and also considers a thought-provoking aspect of the film. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Cinematic Interpretation of History

    A six page paper which looks at the way in which historical events can be interpreted in film, and to what extent these can be depicted accurately given the constraints of the socio-cultural element in which the films are made and the degree to which films with a historical setting can be allotted the same credibility as source material as academic texts. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Michael Powell's film 'Peeping Tom'

    An 8 page paper which examines the film "Peeping Tom" as it relates to the castigation of the audience. The paper illustrates how the creators of the film offer up the film through a method of approach which allows us to objectify the events we see transpire before us. Through this method of approach the audience becomes guilty of voyeurism. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Ireland's Version of Masefield's 'Sea Fever' and Barnby's Setting Of Tennyson's 'Crossing The Bar'

    5 pages in length. Understanding the greater meaning behind traditional songs of the sea enables one to gain a significantly better perspective of just how powerful the ocean's presence is in some people's lives. To those who live and breathe by the sea, her swelling waves and wafting salt air reflect a world still unknown to man yet comforting nonetheless. When Tennyson's Crossing the Bar and Masefield's Sea Fever were put to music by Barnby and Ireland, respectively, the already absorbing and intimate meanings beheld by the poems took on an even greater sense of emotion with each man's haunting melody, clearly expanding the meaning of the words. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Silent to Talkies Cinematic Transition from Metropolis to The Gold Diggers of 1933

    A 5 page research paper that examines the transitional period between silent film and "talkies." Metropolis (1926) and Gold Diggers of 1933 are two films that stand on either side of pivotal moment in cinematic history. The writer discusses what was lost and gained with the addition of sound. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Cultural Understanding and the Reflections of Photography

    An 8 page discussion of the value of still photography and film in cultural research. The author contends that cultural history, a subcategory of both anthropology and history, is indeed replete with examples of the value of these mediums in preserving culture in a visual format. It is emphasized that this value is not exclusive to the use of photography as a documentary tool by the researcher but that instead it encapsulates the use of film produced by the culture itself. Asserts that both documentary and fictional film can be of tremendous research value.

  • Fritz Lang's Films

    This 8 page report discusses the work of German-born film director Fritz Lang (1890-1976) and the challenges he faced and creative risks he took. His work also included the technological shift from silent to “talking” pictures and the move from the German to the Hollywood school of movie-making. In many ways, Lang’s work is emblematic of the shifts that take place throughout any successful moviemaker’s career. However, because of the times and the absolutely fundamental changes (no sound compared to sound) that took place during his career, the process is even all the more dramatic. Six Lang movies are considered in the report: The Spiders, Spies, Metropolis, Fury, Man Hunt, and Journey to the Lost City. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Cinema and Romantic Love

    This 6 page paper supports the assumption that the American film industry has propelled the myth of romantic love. Definitions of romantic love are explored along with the industry's focus on it. Many films are referenced and How to Make an American Quilt is also discussed as a film that tries to destroy the myth. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Film Director Gordon Parks

    A 10 page research paper that examines three films directed by Gordon Parks: Shaft, The Learning Tree, and Leadbelly. The writer explores thematic elements in the films that tie these very different movies together. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Tennessee Williams' Cat On a Hot Tin Roof Play and Film Versions

    A 5 page essay that compares the Tennessee Williams play with the 1958 film version. The writer discusses how the homosexual element was downplayed in the film, and how this effected the overall thrust of the play. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Employees and Management in the Plays How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Death of a Salesman

    A 6 page examination of management and employees in the play "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller. Bibliography lists 1 additional source.

  • Electronic Music History

    A 6 page research paper that gives an overview of the history of electronic music. The writer discusses the contributions of various composers, as well as giving a brief description of the electronic technological advancement that pertained to music. Bibliography lists 20 sources.

  • Boxers and Boxing in the Films When We Were Kings and Raging Bull

    This 6 page report discusses and compares Martin Scorcese’s 1980 portrayal of Jake La Motta in “Raging Bull” with “When We Were Kings” (1996), an Oscar-winning documentary that tells the story of what was known in 1974 as the “Rumble in the Jungle.” It was a fight that pitted two of the greatest boxers the world has ever seen against one another -- Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. The report addresses what each film has to say about both the sport of boxing and the actual boxers. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Haunting and its History

    7 pages. This paper examines the history of amusement park haunted houses, as well as those that become popular during the Halloween season. A history of Halloween is given which will help to explain why people enjoy being scared out of their minds and even pay to do so. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Harpsichord History

    A 6 page research paper that offers a brief history of the harpsichord, its development and the principal schools that characterized the production of the instrument during its heyday. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • A Film Review of 'Salaam Bombay'

    A 5 page summary and review of the film "Salaam Bombay." Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • British Film Genre Classifications of Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and East and Lock

    This paper examines the two film genres that classify two British films, East is East and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The paper discusses the broad classification in which they were placed (comedy and ganster, respectively) and examines how both films are actually black comedies, with some overlap into other genres. The paper also discusses how the genre of comedy can be divided into even further genres. Bibiolography lists 4 sources.

  • A Summary of Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind

    7 pages. This is a detailed summary of the film A Beautiful Mind. This film directed by Ron Howard is a heartwarming story about a schizophrenic with amazing talents and abilities to share with the world. The fact that some people label him in a way as to suggest his is not a mind of worth makes this film all the more poignant. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Government Regulations Regarding TV Violence

    A 15 page paper. Concerns about the amount and effects of television violence are not new; the issue was first raised in Congress in 1950. This paper begins with a Prospectus of the paper. The headings of the main paper include: an introduction that includes the research question and answer; a review of the literature which includes a brief historical overview on the topic, research that addresses the effects of television violence, laws and regulations that have been passed, an analysis of the literature and laws, and a conclusion wherein alternatives and probable outcomes are discussed. Annotate Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Cinematic Neorealism

    A 5 page research paper that examines neorealism in film, which is a trend that developed in Italy after World War II. The writer discusses the films of Roberto Rossellini and Vittorio De Sica, and compares them to the films being produced in Hollywood at that time, specifically From Here to Eternity. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Africa's Cinematic History

    A 12 page overview of African cinema. This paper notes that African cinema is the product of a number of factors, one of the most important of these being colonial influence. Africa has, in fact, been a land of triple heritage, a heritage which balances between African, French, and British values and there are still perceptible differences in cinematic preferences generations after the end of colonialism. It can be contended in fact that African film culture has been acutely inhibited by postcolonial social and economic condition. At the same time, however, contemporary African cinema is making its way into our modern world. The evolution of this cinema, although it maintains a distinctive African flavor, parallels that which is occurring in European countries and the U.S.

  • Musical Differences Between Classical and Romantic Eras

    An 8 page research paper that examines the differences between the Classical era in music history (i.e. Haydn, Beethoven, etc.) and the Romantic era (i.e. Schumann, Brahms, etc.). Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Theater History

    This 10 page paper discusses the history of the theater. Specifically, the play "Oedipus The King" is used to illustrate the humble beginings of the theater. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • English Drama and its History

    A 5 page paper which examines the history of English drama up to 1600. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Cinematic Comparison of Threads, The Day After, and Testament

    A 7 page paper which assesses the deeper cultural meanings, assumptions and messages of these films dealing with nuclear war and its consequences. Specifically discussed are the filmmakers’ implied use of language, symbolism and imagery, the impact of each film, and ways in which each film either reflects or departs from longstanding patterns in nuclear culture. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • African American Stereotypes and Cinematic Semiotics

    This is a 7 page paper discussing the semiotics of the black film genre. Certain cinematic codes are used in films to portray semiotics or symbolism to the cinematic audience. Some of the most significant of these can be found in the African American film genre which has changed significantly in its symbolic representation over the years. Originally, blacks in films were stereotyped blatantly and retained the status of the servant to the white man, similar to a Mammy’s role in “Gone With the Wind”. After the cultural revolution took place in the 1960s, Blaxploitation evolved as a black film genre which symbolized the new empowerment felt by the black American population. Blaxploitation, although popular with black audiences, did not have a long life span however and African Americans in films in the 1980s were once again relegated to “buddy” or comic relief roles as support to white actors who retained the leading roles. The black film genre changed again in the 1990s when many films were released showing the urban blight, violence and discrimination experienced by blacks. Again, the genre was filled heavily with stereotypes and the symbolic roles of blacks in American society although the stereotype has changed. Recently, film makers have decided to use more subtle approaches to symbolize the African American in today’s society. This approach has lead to films such as “Devil in a Blue Dress” which explores the subtle cultural differences found in African Americans rather than blatant stereotypes and also new films which spoof the previous stereotypes depicted which in effect erases cinematic coding of black roles. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • TV's History, Development, and Cultural Contributions

    This 5 page report discusses television and its impact on American life. From its invention in 1922 to its debut at the New York World’s Fair of 1939 and on to the Ed Sullivan Show, Star Trek, and American Idol, it has evolved as the most powerful communications medium in existence. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Grade Point Averages and Music Education

    A 5 page research paper that examines the current literature regarding whether or not music instruction has a positive effect on academic performance. After a literature review, the writer concludes that music instruction is beneficial to academic performance, but that literature discounts the celebrated "Mozart Effect," which maintains that just listening to classical music can improve math scores. Instruction in playing an instrument appears to be crucial in obtaining the optimum cognitive effects from music education. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Cinematic Structure and Coding of the Film Gone with the Wind

    This is an 11 page paper discussing the use of structure and code in film. Structuralism and semiotics and their use of codes and cues to define the underlying structures in society were first theories applied to the social sciences and then to the world of narrative literature. Marx and Freud further used semiotics to demonstrate how codes can be used effectively to psychologically affect those within society. Using this premise, during the early days of feature films semiotics were used to analyze the underlying structures of films. A good example of cinematic coding is used in the classic film “Gone with the Wind” made in 1939. The film uses coding on two different levels to define the structures within society. Firstly, the film uses references and themes relevant to the era of the Civil War depicted in the film. Secondly, and probably more importantly, the film uses coding to define the structure of society during the 1930s when the film was made. Specific contrasts of bad and good, black and white, pure and scandalous, affluence and poverty are portrayed using visual, narrative and auditory codes. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • 1993 Movie Philadelphia

    A 6 page research paper that critically examines the 1993 film Philadelphia, the first major motion picture to depict AIDS. The writer discusses the basic plot of the film, and then the legal issues that form the crux of the film. Then, the writer addresses inconsistencies in the manner in which the courtroom scenes were portrayed. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Gadgets Used by 007 James Bond

    An 8 page paper which examines the gadgets in the last ten James Bond films. The paper does not discuss the film in theaters now, “Die Another Day,” but discusses the films “Moonraker” through “The World Is Not Enough.” Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Analysis of Literary and Film Versions of The Color Purple

    A 5 page paper which examines how a literary work will manifest itself in a very different way when put into film. The novel/film discussed is “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker, film directed by Steven Spielberg. No additional sources cited.

  • A Review of the Film, Ocean's Eleven

    A 4 page paper reviewing this remake of a 1960 cult classic starring the “Rat Pack.” Discussing this current effort, one reviewer sums it up nicely, and remains polite about doing it, too: “If you see only one utterly undemanding, totally inconsequential motion picture this week, make it ‘Ocean's Eleven.’” The reviewer is kind, far too kind… The paper discusses the intense lack of light in the film noir form, matched only by the lack of character development that leaves the viewer caring nothing about the characters. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt, Alfred Hitchcock's Rope and Education

    A 6 page paper which examines the theme of education in Alfred Hitchcock’s film “Rope” and Donna Tartt’s novel “The Secret History.” Bibliography lists 2 additional sources.

  • Film The Breakfast Club and the Interaction Significance of Teen Role Taking

    This is a 5 page paper discussing the role-taking process in the film “The Breakfast Club”. The 1985 John Hughes’ film “The Breakfast Club” provides a good example of teen role-taking. The film is based on the premise of five high school students from diverse backgrounds and social groups who are forced to spend a Saturday detention at the school together. While it appears that none of the teens have anything in common at the beginning of the film and must all remain within their well-established roles or personas known while they are at school, throughout their interaction within each other they manage to reveal their genuine identities, establish a rapport and respect for one another and solve some of the problems which they are all faced with being teenagers and having to maintain certain roles throughout the course of their social lives. These interactions lead them to a higher level of peer understanding and moral maturity. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Trumpet History

    A 15 page research paper that examines the long evolution of the trumpet. Long used as a military signaling device, or as a symbol of high social status, an examination of the trumpet's history and evolution demonstrates that it is only in its modern incarnation that the trumpet fulfills its full potential as a musical instrument capable of great versatility. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Novel and Film Versions of The Rainmaker

    A 4 page essay that contrasts and compares the film The Rainmaker (1995), directed by Francis Ford Coppola, with the novel by John Grisham, on which the film is based. The writer argues that an examination of the book and film demonstrates that the changes instituted in the character of Kelly and her interactions with the main protagonist, Rudy, epitomizes the differences between these two forms of this story. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • From Pages to Silver Screen with Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Blade Runner

    This 6 page report discusses Blade Runner, the 1982 Ridley Scott movie starring Harrison Ford and Philip Dick’s 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? which “inspired” the movie. Looking at the difficulties of translating literature into film, this report discusses the fact that Blade Runner actually enunciates the ideology of the text rather than simply telling the same story. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Microphones and Their History

    This 3 page paper examines the history of microphones. Furthermore, this paper emphasizes how microphones relate to the music industry. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • A Review of the 1965 Film The Greatest Othello?

    This 4 page report discusses Sir Laurence Olivier's 1965 film version of Shakespeare's "Othello." The film is something of a hybrid in that it is actually a filming of the stage production by the National Theatre of Great Britain. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Spirited Away Film by Hayao Miyazaki

    A 5 page research paper/essay that analyzes and review Hayao Miyazaki's 2002 animated film Spirited Away. The writer argues examination of this wondrous piece of storytelling reveals that this work is extremely complex, as it offers the adult viewer a mythological story that has nuance and depth. A close examination of the structure and content of the film demonstrates that there are levels of interpretation that can be applied to this film that include natural, personal, social and cultural aspects of Miyazaki's world. An overview of the film demonstrates that it also follows the template for understanding myth and the hero's journey as outlined by Joseph Campbell (1973) in his famous text on this subject The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Predator Film and Fantasy Rewriting of History

    A 2.5 page critique of this 1987 action-adventure film. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • The Film Notorious by Director Alfred Hitchcock

    This 10 page report discusses Hitchcock's 1946 movie, Notorious, starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. In what is generally recognized as one of his best films, Hitchcock did his own editing for the film which is just one of the reasons the audience so clearly sees Hitchcock’s ability to set every scene as complete yet essential to the overall unity of the movie. The overall film is discussed along with specific editing considerations. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Ibo History

    A 4 page paper which examines the history of the Nigerian Ibo (Igbo) people. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • The Text and Film Versions of 'A Rose for Emily'

    A 4 page paper which compares and contrasts Faulkner’s short story “A Rose for Emily” to the film version of the story. No additional sources cited.

  • Analysis of the Film Menace II Society

    An 11 page research paper that examines Allen and Albert Hughes's film Menace II Society. As independent filmmakers the Hughes brothers use film narrative in ways that differ markedly from large-scale studio productions, particularly in regards to how Hollywood has traditionally portrayed the lives of young African American males. This examination of Menace II Society looks at this film, first of all, within the overall context of black independent filmmaking, but also from both a formal and industrial critical perspective. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Cinema and Time's Role

    This 6 page paper discusses the critical role that time places in the making of a feature film. The movie The Dark Side of the Heart is exampled, cited, as well as theory from David Bordwell's book: Narration in Fiction Films. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Analysis of the Sound Characteristics in the Movie Uing Xiong (Hero)

    This 7 page paper provides an overview of the sound characteristics of the film Hero (Uing Xiong). This paper relates the way in which sound supports the actions in the film. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Television Sitcoms and Their History

    A 12 page overview of the history of the sitcom. The author traces the sitcom from the 1950s to the present, commenting on the social circumstances which both shaped it and were shaped by it. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Cinematic Gender Representation

    This 3 page paper discusses the French Film, Menage and the depiction of gender in French Film industry as discussed by Phil Powrie. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Fried Green Tomatoes and Relationship Psychology

    A 6 page paper which examines how the characters relate to each other in terms of connections, relational functioning, mutuality, interpersonal dynamics, and motivation. No additional sources are used.

  • An Analysis of Three Classic Films From the Mid-Twentieth Century

    : A 9 page research paper that analyzes 3 films: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), The Best Man (1964) and To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). The writer discusses what makes these films "classic" and argues that it is because there is a certain synergy occurs between the elements of film, that is, the acting, screen play, direction, cinematography, etc., and the manner in which conflicts, social issues and human values are presented. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • An Analysis of The Matrix

    This 3 page report discusses the movie, The Matrix(1999), and whether or not the film's plot satisfied the elements of a plot chart, and the characters were developed enough to be believable. The paper is a personal opinion piece more than a critique or technical film analysis. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Comparing Stage and Film Versions of Othello

    This 8 page paper compares and contrasts the stage versus film version of Othello. Parker's adaptation is utilized. Examples are given from both text and film. Quotes cited from movie/play. Bibilography lists 3 sources.

  • Cult Status of the Film Rosemary's Baby

    This 6 page paper analyzes Roman Polanski's film, Rosemary's Baby for characteristics of a cult film. Characteristics named and compared to the movie. Examples given. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Policy Implications of the Film Cool Hand Luke

    A 3 page essay that discusses the impact that the film Cool Hand Luke (1967) had on criminal justice policy. The writer discusses how this film contributed to the spirit of penal reform that existed in the 1960s and 70s. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • 1960s' Life and Mike Nichols' Film The Graduate

    This 6 page paper analyzes the film, The Graduate by Mike Nichols. Synopsis, character analysis, themes, symbolism, cinematography, quotes, all offered, as well as a comparison of the film to life in the sixties. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Alejandro Amendabar's Open Your Eyes

    This 3 page paper outlines the basic premises of Open Your Eyes. Screenwriter and director Alejandro Amendabar's Open Your Eyes (Abre Los Ojos), a 1997 film that became the impetus for Tom Cruise and Cameron Crow's production Vanilla Ice, is a psychological thriller that demonstrates how the human mind can waiver between reality and imagination. Throughout the film, the audience is brought to question what they see on the screen, always wondering whether the main character, Cesar, is in a dream state or experiencing actual events.

  • Film Analysis, Style, and Composition

    A 4 page paper which analyzes several films in regards to style and composition. The films discussed are Detour(1945) Edgar G. Ulmer, L'Avventura (1960) by Michelangelo Antonioni, My life to live (1962) by Jean-Luc Godard, Faces (1968) by John Cassavetes and Mothlight (1963) by Stan Brakhage. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • The Passion of the Christ Film by Mel Gibson

    A 5 page essay that analyzes Mel Gibson's film "The Passion of the Christ," which is a depiction of the last twelve hours of the life of Jesus of Nazareth. In presenting this bloody and brutal depiction of Christ's death, Gibson ignores certain cultural truths that have been evident since the time of the Crusades. Jules Isaac, a French historian whose family died in the Holocaust, wrote in his 1964 book The Teaching of Contempt: Christian Roots of Anti-Semitism that it is specifically the demonizing of all Jews, for all time, as guilty of killing Jesus that provides the "lethal core of anti-Semitic ideology" (Brackman, 2004). Examination of Gibson's film shows that, despite his well-publicized objections, this film is anti-Semitic and possibly incendiary in regards to a resurgence of anti-Semitism among Christian movie-goers. In proving this point, this discussion of Gibson's film examines, not only the film content, but also how this content relates to what is definitely known about the period. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • American Criminal Justice Policy and 'On the Waterfront'

    This 5 page report discusses the 1954Elia Kazan film "On the Waterfront" starring Marlon Brando. The paper focuses on the film's impact in terms of increasing the awareness of the American public regarding organized crime and policies related to criminal justice policy. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Analysis of Filmmaker Federico Fellini's Satyricon

    This 8 page paper discusses, analyzes and compares Federico Fellini's film,Satyricon. Characters are analyzed as well as the cinabmatography of the film. Quotes given. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Immigration and the Gangs of New York

    A 4 page research paper that discusses Martin Scorsese's film Gangs of New York, which depicts the tension between native-born Americans and immigrant Irish in the Five Points section of New York City. The writer discusses the historical accuracy of the film and how it addresses immigrant issues of the 1860s. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Film Noir Techniques in the Film, Kiss Me Deadly

    A 3 page essay/research paper that discusses the mis-en-scene elements of costume and makeup in relation to the opening sequence in a film noir classic. In Kiss Me Deadly (1955, produced and directed by Robert Aldrich for United Artists) the defining elements of film noir are established in the first scene, a scene in which the mis-en-scene elements of costume and makeup aid in defining the film noir ambiance and specifically the anti-hero status of the protagonist, private detective Mike Hammer. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Cinema Industry of Great Britain

    This 12 page paper examines the state of the British film industry and the different influences. The paper starts with a PEST analysis looking at the political, economic, social and technological influences in the film industry in the UK. The paper then looks at the determinants of demand, the strategies for a company entering this market and the potential need to use 'efficiency wages'. The bibliography cites 13 sources.

  • Conventional Theology and The Passion of the Christ Film by Mel Gibson

    A 7 page research paper that discusses the controversy surround the film The Passion of the Christ, produced and directed by Mel Gibson. This movie presents the last twelve hours of Jesus' life, that is, his suffering and crucifixion in a manner that demonizes Jewish authorities of the time. Particularly since all dialogue in the movie is spoken in either Latin or Aramaic (with English subtitles), the film has the "feel" of a documentary and it is likely that many viewers will regard it as an accurate dramatization of the gospel story of Christ's death. This paper compares Gibson's film to accounts of the crucifixion recorded in the Gospels. This comparison shows that Gibson added a great deal more violence than is actually portrayed in the Bible. The theological and racial implications of Gibson's film are then discussed in light of his personal history and background. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Feminist Cinema and Psychology

    This 30 page paper begins by looking at film and its effects on society. It then delves into feminist film theory and mentions a variety of theorists as well as popular movies and artistic film. Some analysts is provided for the examples noted. Psychology, and particularly Freudian psychology, is addressed and then the paper goes on to discuss how psychology is utilized by feminist film theorists. Addressed are conflicts due to the patriarchal nature of Freudian psychology and the precepts of feminism. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • The Mirror by Andrei Tarkovsky

    This 5 page report discusses the 1975 movie Zerkalo or "The Mirror" written and directed by Russian film director and writer, Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-86). Tarkovsky is generally thought of among film critics and historians as Russia's greatest film director next to Sergei Eisenstein. Not surprisingly, his artistry was heavily influenced by the political realities of his time and working in Moscow as were Eisenstein's. Tarkovsky's films can be described as "semi-dissident" because of their deep philosophical approach to relationship between human beings and their environment. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • The History of Cinematic Comedy

    This 5 page paper explores the history of film comedy by examining two films produced prior to 1980 and another produced prior to 1960. Other film examples are also mentioned and discussed. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Style of Auteur Filmmaker Yusuf Chahine

    This 10 page paper examines the filmography and style of Yusuf Chahine, film maker/director. Specific references made to his films, Cairo Station and Destiny. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Stage and Screen Adaptations of Hamlet by William Shakespeare

    This 5 page report discusses Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and the statement made by Bert O. States that analogous techniques are at work in the art of the film director, for "Shakespearean cinematography makes use of the same device (as employed by film directors) for advancing character ambiguity by framing the character against the rhetorical sky of the play's world." Issues of location, whether expressionistic (as in Olivier's stage portrayal) or realistic (as in director Franco Zeffirelli's film version). Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Paranoia, McCarthyism, and Film Noir

    A 9 page research paper that investigates how film noir responded to McCarthyism. The writer argues that at the basis of both McCarthyism and film noir was the fear engendered by the invention of the atomic bomb. The writer outlines how several examples of film noir from the 50s inculcates the pervasive themes of secrecy, danger, pessimism and spies. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • The Influence of Border Films

    A 10 page research paper that examines how certain films, specifically those dealing with depictions of the Mexican/American border, determine how we feel concerning national identity. The writer argues that the genre of cinema known as "border films" reflects an ambiguous perception of American national identity that varies between presenting the social dangers associated with the Mexican-American border as being simultaneously something to protect American society against, and also, as something that is inherently evil in the American culture. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Cinematic and Text Versions of Literature A Comparative Analysis

    An 8 page paper which examines the qualities that differentiate text versions from cinematic versions of literature. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Postmodernism and Cinema Neo Noir

    A 15 page research paper that examines the relationship between neo-noir films and postmodernism. The writer argues that examination of neo-noir films shows that their philosophy dovetails nicely with postmodern principles and conceptions. Like postmodernism, neo-noir films present a view of reality in which society's institutions and conventions inevitably fail to meet the needs of the protagonist. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Clerks Film Analysis

    This 5 page paper discusses the film by Kevin Smith, Clerks. A low budget film, this paper examines why it was still successful. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Literature and the Theme of Appearance versus Reality

    A 6 page paper which compares and contrasts “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams and “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker as they touch on the theme of appearance vs reality. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Animation Advancements in Geri's Game Short Film by Pixar

    A 12 page research paper in which the writer assumes the personal of an art journalist assigned to cover a hypothetical 3D exhibition, Simulatrix, in which Pixar's short film, "Geri's Game" is a featured exhibit. The writer analyzes the film and explains why this film is so significant, which the writer attributes to its introduction groundbreaking technological innovations. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Film and American Culture

    A 6 page paper which examines how particular films portray aspects of culture or society and how these films have perhaps influenced society. The films examined are “The Littlest Rebel” with Shirley Temple, “The Heat of the Nigth” with Sidney Poitier, and “Do the Right Thing” by Spike Lee. No sources cited.

  • Analysis of the Movie Passion of the Christ

    A 4 page analysis of the film “Passion of Christ.” Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Film Review of To Kill a Mockingbird

    A 4 page review of the film “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Urban Aesthetic and the Films of Martin Scorsese

    A 9 page essay that examines film director Martin Scorsese urban aesthetic in regards to his representation of New York City in three of his films: After Hours, Mean Streets and Taxi Driver. The writer examines how the city is used in each film and argues that Scorsese portrays this environment as a nightmare vision in which a character can easily lose his way and his soul. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • A Narrative Analysis of the American Beauty Film

    A 10 page research paper/essay that offers a narrative analysis of the 1999 film American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes. The writer argues that the film’s characterization is the point of the film and explains the characters and how they interact. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Film as Religion by John Lyden

    A 5 page book review the examines John Lyden's Film as Religion (2003). In this text, Lyden challenges the popular concept of what constitutes "religion." He presents the unique idea that movies perform a religious function, in that they provide collective myths that aid people in dealing with cultural anxieties and aspirations. As this suggests, Lyden endeavors to take the study of religion and film in a totally new direction. Rather than addressing films that have religious themes or figures, he discusses the "religious" manner in which the audience comprehends film. No additional sources cited.

  • Film Review of Diary of a Mad Black Woman

    A 5 page film review/summation of Diary of a Mad Black Woman (directed by Darren Grant for Lions Gate, 2005). The writer argues that this film tries to be all things to all people. The film tries hard to be a comedy, as it features the outrageous performance of Tyler Perry, in drag, as the protagonist's grandmother. On the other hand, there are aspects of the film that moralize in a decidedly Christian, conservative, family-values type manner, only to abandon the Christian-context in order to encompass the theme of revenge. Is it a romantic comedy, drama, social commentary on divorce or a revenge narrative? The filmmakers cannot quite decide, so, ultimately, the film viewer is left in a similar quandary. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Social Process Theory and the Film American History X

    A 6 page research paper that combines a film review of American History X (1998) with an analysis of the film in terms of social process theory as an explanation of juvenile delinquency. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma

    A 5 page paper which examines how the film adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein stage production fits the folk musical semantics and syntax described in Rick Altman’s scholarly text, “The American Film Musical.” No additional sources are used.

  • Mental Health Insights from One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and A Beautiful Mind

    3 pages in length. The extent to which mental illness plays an integral role in each film is both grand and far-reaching; that one film depicts psychological instability as something one can successfully pretend to have, while the other profiles a man whose profound schizophrenia does not hamper his mathematical aptitude, illustrates just how influential a component mental health is in the overall social picture. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • 20th Century British Theatre History

    This 28 page paper examines the development of the theatre in England during the twentieth century. The paper considers the different styles seen, looking at realism, abstract, suggestive and interventionist theatre. This is considered in time order and also incluides elements such as the ay staging took place, lighting and general technology impacted on production. The paper then examines the way in which social constraints impacted on the way the theatre developed including the censorship laws and the reaction to those censorship laws. The final paper of the paper speculates the cycle is turning full circle with the rebuilding of the old Globe theatre in London. The bibliography cites 15 sources.

  • Communication in Film Dead Poets Society

    A 3 page research paper that explores communication in this film. The writer argues that the heart of the film is the tension created by contrasting the manner in which a talented teacher, John Keating (Robin Williams) communicates with his students and the communication style employed by authoritarian school officials and the parents of the boys. Examination of this film and its message illustrates many of the points discussed in the research literature on this topic. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Jazz Music and its History

    A 4 page paper which examines the history of Jazz music. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Hollywood's Classic Film Maltese Falcon

    A 7 page research paper/essay that analyzes this classic film. This critique looks at The Maltese Falcon (1941) as a film that features all of the characteristics of what defines a motion picture as following the classic Hollywood style model. First of all, the Hollywood style is defined and its elements identified. Then, the manner in which The Maltese Falcon exemplifies this model is discussed. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • The Film Chicago and Rick Altman's Guidelines

    This 5 page paper discusses the film "Chicago" and tries to categorize it using Rick Altman's guidelines to understanding film genres. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Cinema Persuasiveness

    A 7 page research paper that discusses the persuasive quality of visual images, focusing on film, but also discussing advertising and television images. This paper posits that film can influence behavior and that this influence can be either positive or negative. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Analysis of Tom Tykwer's 1999 Film Run Lola Run

    A 5 page research paper/essay that summarize and analyzes the 1999 film Run Lola Run (directed by Tom Tykwer). The writer summarizes the film and then relates the aesthetics of Aristotle and Tim Burton to a particular scene. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy and the Film Radio

    A 5 page research paper that examines the film Radio in psychological terms, drawing on the theory of human behavior developed by Abraham Maslow. The writer argues that this film exhibits several psychological principles, which illustrate human nature at its most basic level and at its highest. The spectrum of human behavior in the film, however, can be understood via the prism provided by psychologist Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs theory. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Analyzing Bowling for Columbine from a Sociological Perspective

    An 8 page research paper/essay that analyzes Michael Moore's 2003 film Bowling for Columbine from the sociological perspective of Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim and Max Weber. The writer briefly states the philosophy of each man and then applies this to analysis of the film. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • A Critical Interpretation of Fight Club

    This 5 page paper discusses several aspects of the film, including the technical components; the aesthetic view from the standpoint of a director and philosopher and how it applies to the film; and which viewpoint works better. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Themes of the Film Cocoon

    This 8 page paper provides an overview of the central themes of the film "Cocoon," with a focus on the theme of youth and the process by which the older people in this film seek a means of securing youth. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Film Noir Aspects of Roger Rabbit and Mildred Pierce

    An 8 page paper which compares the classic film "Mildred Pierce (1945)" with "Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)" as it involves elements of film noir. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Bend It Like Beckham and Intercultural Communications

    This 5 page paper examines the presence of cross cultural communication in the film Bend it like Beckham. The communication is shown and examined in terms of issues such as gender, sexuality, cultural identity as well as football in a film where an Asian Sikh girl wants to be a footballer against the wishes of her family. Concepts such as stereotypes, ethnicity, prejudice and diffusion are all considered. The bibliography cites 1 source.

  • Blues Music History

    This 5 page paper provides an overview of the history of the blues. Attention is paid to origins of this important music style Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange and Depiction of Deviance

    Stanley Kubrick's 1971 film A Clockwork Orange is a disturbing film that demonstrates some of the central routes of deviance and the link between deviance and social elements that determine the acceptability of certain behaviors. The film, set in a futuristic setting, demonstrates the way gang violence and deviant sexual behaviors can become normative and how indviduals can be conditioned to through "aversion therapy" to move away from these normative behaviors. This 5 page paper provides an overview of the issue presented and relates it to the current literature. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Clint Eastwood's Film Million Dollar Baby

    A 3 page film review that focuses on how elements of this film affected the reviewer. This looks specifically at how Director Clint Eastwood combined cinematic elements in order to create this picture's film noir quality and to portray his character (Eastwood portrays gym owner Frankie Dunn) as a sympathetic, but dark personality. Bibliography lists 1 sources.

  • Film Review of Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas

    A 3 page film review on director Martin Scorsese's 1990 film Goodfellas (produced by Irwin Winkler; released by Warner Bros.). This film dramatizes the attraction of a life in organized crime, specifically membership in the Mafia. The film is based on the real-life biography of gangster Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), who aspired to mob membership from early childhood. Henry is attracted by the illusion of glamour, of "being" somebody, as his fellow "wiseguys" give him a feeling of belonging to a family. As this suggests, through Henry's outsider perspective (an outsider, in that he is only half Sicilian), Scorsese succeeds at showing how this violent, dangerous lifestyle can also be alluring and seductive. Bibliography lists 1 sources.

  • ER Television Series and the Nursing Image it Presents

    A 3 page television show review that discusses the manner in which the hospital drama ER portrays the profession of nursing. The writer argues that while this show at least tries to show nurses as professionals with skill and knowledge, the huge focus of the producers on physicians gives a distorted view of both professions. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Early American Film Director D.W Griffith

    A 7 page paper which examines the films and significance of the films of DW Griffith. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Cinematic Comparison of Jean Renoir's The Rules of the Game and Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times

    A 3 page paper which examines how these films present conflicts between various social forces and the characters’ spontaneous human impulses. Also compared and contrasted is how the urban and country settings of the respective films set the stage of this conflict. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Film She's Gotta Have It by Director Spike Lee

    A 3 page film review that discusses Spike Lee's premier 1986 film and whether or not it presents a realistic portrayal of feminist ideas. The writer argues that this is not a feminist film because of the focus on male perspectives and narratives. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • An Address of Specific Questions Concerning Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind

    This 5 page paper discusses the film and some specific questions about it; the paper is based largely on the film itself. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Film Reflections of Confucianism

    This 6 page paper examines two films: The Killer and Once Upon a Time in China II. The films are evaluated in how they relate to concepts in Confucianism. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Punk Music in the Buddha of Suburbia and Trainspotting

    This 5 page paper examines the importance of the use of music in different mediums. Punk music is highlighted. Music is discussed as being very important in life and in literature. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Film Adaptation of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie and the Mood Function of Music

    A 3 page essay that discusses the function of music in the 1987 film adaptation of Tennessee Williams' play The Glass Menagerie, directed by Paul Newman. In this film, composer Henry Mancini provided some truly memorable music. Mancini's score adds immeasurably to the mood of the film, underscoring Williams' thematic meaning. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Storytelling and the Film Adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' 'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?'

    A 4 page essay. The writing of Joyce Carol Oates frequently addresses the predicament of being female within a patriarchal culture (Wesley 75). In her short story, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Oates again addresses this subject in a way that focuses on the cruel initiation into the sexual realities of male domination for the story's fifteen-year-old heroine, Connie. The film Smooth Talk (directed by Joyce Chopra, 1985) dramatizes this work. In many ways, the film remains faithful to the critically acclaimed short story, however, the director chose to alter the ending and some critics found this inappropriate. However, examination of this feature of the film shows that it fits with Oates' intentions in her storytelling and is, therefore, an appropriate ending to a superb film adaptation. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Aspects of Formalism in the Film, The Graduate

    A 3 page essay that discusses The Graduate from a standpoint of formalism in classic film theory. The writer begins by defining realism and formalism and then discusses formalist aspects of this 1967 film by Mike Nichols. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Case Studies in Film Journalism

    This 9 page paper considers aspects of film journalism and constructs three brief case studies to explore the impact of film journalism on the film industry. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Cinematic Depiction of Hong Kong

    This 6 page paper examines Hong Kong cinema. The problem with a lack of identity for Hong Kong in terms of its culture seems to come through in film. Several films are named and explored including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Cinematic Auteur M. Night Shyamalan

    A 9 page research paper that addresses 3 films by this talent director. The films are The Sixth Sense (1999); Unbreakable (2000); and Signs (2002). The writer argues that the films of director M. Night Shyamalan all have a distinctive and specific style and point of view is indicative of the work of this directorial auteur. The following critical analyses of three of his move recent films identifies areas of commonality in Shyamalan's use of the cinematic arts, such plot, characterization, atmosphere, perspective and use of genre. However, this examination also considers this director's worldview and theological understanding, which are elements that play a significant role in his films. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Social Commentary About The Gold Rush of Charlie Chaplin

    A 4 page paper which examines Charlie Chaplin’s silent film “Gold Rush” and argues that it remained true to working class ideals and went against much of the emerging social themes in silent films during the time. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Analyzing the Film Adaptation of The Rainmaker by John Grisham

    A 3 page paper which examines the ethical and legal issues depicted in the film, considers protagonist Rudy Baylor’s decision-making process by identifying various factors and outside stakeholders who influenced these decisions and evaluating which had the greatest impact, and describes such events portrayed in the film as the consequences suffered and benefits gained. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Cinematic Perspectives of Society and Race

    A 6 page discussion of how our race and social perspective influences our interaction with others. The author uses six films set in the early twentieth century to illustrate this phenomena. These films are "Out of Africa", "Harem Suare", "Nowhere in Africa", "King of the Khyber Rifles", "The Charge of the Light Brigade", and "A Passage to India". Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Disco Music and History

    A 3 page paper which examines whether disco music was a result of history or rather influenced history. No sources cited.

  • Application and Analysis of Film Theories of Signification, Representation, and Perception

    An 18 page paper which examines these theories, as described in J. Dudley Andrew’s text, “Concepts in Film Theory,” applies them to such Asian films as “Visitor Q,” “Dead or Alive,” “Old Boy,” “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance,” “Happy Together,” Take Care of My Cat,” and “Crazed Fruit,” and also provides a detailed consideration of Korean director Park Chan-wook and his films. Bibliography lists 16 sources.

  • Combat Films and Full Metal Jacket by Director Stanley Kubrick

    A 5 page paper which analyzes this film in terms of how it represents the combat genre, specifically in terms of story pattern, stereotypical characters, icons, basic conventions, and social functions in order to determine whether or not the film conforms or differs from established cinematic expectations. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Tango of Argentina's History and Development

    An 18 page paper which examines the history and development of Argentine Tango. Bibliography lists 20 sources.

  • An analysis of Beethovern's Music in Immortal Beloved

    A 4 page discussion of the 1994 film Immortal Beloved (directed by Bernard Rose for Columbia Pictures), which speculates on the personal life of composer Ludwig van Beethoven. The primary focus of the paper however is on two scenes from the film, one that features Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata and another which features the "Ode to Joy." The writer offers a brief musical analysis of both works within the context of the film. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Cinematic Analysis of The Killing Fields

    A 3 page analysis of the film “The Killing Fields.” Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • The Incredibles and Family Dynamics

    A 4 page essay that discusses how this animated film from Disney/Pixar illustrates points pertaining to family dynamics. The writer discusses how the family dynamics evolve over the course of the film. No additional sources cited.

  • Singin' in the Rain Film Genre Analysis

    A 4 page paper which considers whether the film follows a realistic or formalistic narrative, if it conforms to the classic paradigm, norms and limitations of the genre, its genre cycle, and then examines the film from an historical and cultural perspective to explore how the film expresses attitudes that were present in society at the time, and if it has the same relevance in today’s world. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Horror Genre and Death Line by Gary Sherman, The Wicker Man by Robin Hardy, and The Innocents by Jack Clayton

    This 19 page paper explores the way in which Jack Claytons The Innocents (1961), Robin Hardy’s The Wicker man (1973) and Gary Sherman’s Death Line (1972)have stretched and developed the British horror genre. The paper starts by looking at what is meant by genre and genre theory and defined the horror as a genre. A brief history of British horror films is then given before the content and context of the three films is discussed to assess the way they challenged and changed the way horror films were made. The bibliography cites 11 sources.

  • Brian DePalma's 'Carrie' A Cinematic Analysis

    A 6 page paper which examines the director’s intentions and ambitions, explores the film from an historical context, and discusses popular and critical responses to the film. Specifically analysis includes film’s subject matter, the cinematic ways in which themes are conveyed, along with an evaluation as to whether or not the director’s ambitions are satisfied in terms of audience reaction (are they challenged or merely entertained). Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • An evaluation of the film Gattaca

    This 3 page paper looks briefly at the film "Gattaca" and its version of the future, and why the discrimination portrayed in the film is so chilling; it also considers discrimination in real life. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • All About Eve Cinematic Analysis

    A 6 page paper which provides a cinematic analysis of Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s classic film. Specifically considered are the portrayal of the role of women, different representations of women, the film’s genre, what was happening in society when the film was made, evidence of repressed female sexuality, how the traditional patriarchal system is threatened, and the male gaze. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Spike Lee’s ‘New York State of Mind’

    An 8 page analytical essay which examines how New York is represented in Spike Lee’s films. Specifically discussed are what aspects of New York’s reality are represented and what aspects are neglected or ignored, comparing and contrasting with filmmaker Woody Allen’s representation of the Big Apple in his 1979 film, “Manhattan.” Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Eyes in Film

    A 4 page essay that discusses eyes and vision in three films, Being John Malkovich (1999, directed by Spike Jonze), Vertigo (1958, directed by Alfred Hitchcock), and Rear Window (1954, also directed by Hitchcock). In these films, the camera position is frequently crucial, as vision, that is, what the character sees, is an integral part of the film's premise. Therefore, the camera angle is expertly used so that it enhances this thematic perspective. Additionally, in all three films, there is an emphasis on eyes, close-ups of eyes that naturally lead to an association with the audience between eyes, vision and the camera as a means of seeing what the character sees. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • “American History X": Sociological Analysis

    A 4 page paper which analyzes the film “American History X” from a sociological perspective. No sources cited.

  • Simultaneous Distribution in the Film Industry

    A 4 page paper discussing the relatively new approach of releasing new films to all media simultaneously. Steven Soderbergh's (Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Traffic, Ocean's Eleven) Bubble was released simultaneously to theatres, DVD and pay-per-view in January 2006; theatres refused to show the film in protest. Movie theatre operators would do well to choose to address this shift of power within the industry rather than resist it, because simultaneous distribution is likely to gain in popularity for low-budget films. Traditional studios will need to provide greater incentives to theatres before choosing to make all of their products available through simultaneous distribution. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • 12 Angry Men/TV's Law and Order

    A 3 page research paper/essay that discusses the defendant is seen in the film 12 Angry Men (1957, directed by Sidney Lumet) and in an episode of TV's Law and Order. In the film, the defendant is a young Puerto Rican teenager. The defendant is only briefly glimpsed at the beginning of the film, as the judge gives instructions to the jury who thenw adjourn to the jury room to deliberate. Consequently, the audience perceives the defendant solely through the perception that the juror have of him, which changes slowly over the course of the film. Similarly, in an episode of TV's Law and Order, the perception of attorneys McCoy and Borgia toward the primary suspect in a murder case slowly changes as new evidence emerges. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • "X-Men" - Relationship To the Study Of History

    6 pages in length. With the not-so-subtle reference to Nazi Germany and the omnipotent power of Hitler, the 2003 release of X-Men illustrates how the study of history is one that perpetually itself; inasmuch as the focus of attention is upon General William Stryker's myopic objective to eradicate the entire mutant population out of a perceived fear, the film serves to mirror the detrimental influence a single individual can have with regard to manipulating the minds of an otherwise civilized society. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • A Glance at Lesbian Characters in American Cinema in the 60s, 70s, and 80s

    A 5 page contention that although the film depiction of lesbianism has gradually evolved over the decades, there is still not a full societal embrace of the concept. A diversity of films are reviewed to emphasize this point. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Spielberg/Amistad

    A 4 page research paper that discusses Steven Spielberg's 1997 film Amistad is based on real historical events that transpired between 1839-40 (Shargel 18). The writer discusses the plot, key scenes, and how the themes of the movie relate to this dramatization. The writer also offers a personal reaction to the film. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Thin Blue Line

    A 3 page research paper that discusses the film The Thin Blue Line, which is a compelling and significant documentary directed by Errol Morris (Miramax Films, 1988). It tells the story of Randall Adams, who in 1976 was arrested and tried for a murder that he did not commit. This film uncovered evidence that eventually led to Adams' release. In providing this insightful look into how the U.S. judicial system can go awry, the film also demonstrates the awful consequences that can result from the arbitrary labeling of conduct. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Analyses of 2 German Movies

    A 10 page film review and analysis of 2 German films. Naked Among Wolves (1963) (6 pages) and Born in '45 (1966) (4 pages). The writer focuses on several specific scenes in each movie, analyzing camera angles, lighting and how these factors express cinematic themes. No additional sources cited.

  • Ozu/Tokyo Story

    A 5 page research paper/essay that discusses Yasujiro Ozu's 1953 film Tokyo Story, which is considered to be one of the finest ever produced in Japan (Russell 50). In this canonical film, Ozu, who also co-authored the screenplay, addresses a cultural generation gap that emerged in post-World War II Japan. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Analysis: “The Incredibles”

    A 5 page paper which analyzes the film “The Incredibles,” illustrating how the film is about how people are unique and should be treated as such.

  • Goodfella/Its Moral Message

    A 4 page essay that discusses the moral message in Martin Scorsese's 1990 film Goodfellas. The film's protagonist, Henry Hill, finds out the allure and honor of the Mafia is a sham and illusionary. Implications are discussed. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • “Apology” and “The Passion of Christ”

    A 4 page paper which examines the connections, as they involve literature and not history, between Plato’s “Apology” and Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of Christ.” Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • "Lean on Me"

    This 5 page paper discusses the film "Lean on Me" and argues that it should be on the 100 Best Films list, not for its content but for the discussions it can provoke. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Scene Analysis/The Island

    A 3 page film review that, first, outlines 3 scenes from the 2005 film The Island and then discusses one of these scenes in detail, describing how the scene relates to the overall theme of the movie and the intent of the director. Bibliography lists 1 sources.

  • Banned in East German

    A 7 page research paper/essay that looks at 2 East German films that were banned in the 1960s: Carla (Karla), directed by Hermann Zschoche in 1966 and Born in '45 (Jahrgang '45), directed by Jurgen Bottcher also in 1966. This examination of these two films looks specifically at why these two films were targeted for censorship. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • The Killers

    A 4 page paper which argues how the 1946 film The Killers is film noire. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Math in Cinema

    A 12 page research paper that examines the topic of how math has been addressed in recent films. The writer examines Jurassic Park, A Beautiful Mind, Good Will Hunting and Stand and Deliver and argues that these disparate portraits of mathematicians have in common similar presentations of math within a cinematic context, which portrays math as something that is rather mysterious and beyond the grasp of mere mortals. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Silent v. Sound/Art in Film

    A 4 page research paper that discusses silent and sound film as distinct art forms. In the public mindset, silent films are typically perceived as being less accomplished, less an art form, than the sound accompanied films that replaced this art medium. What few people realize, outside of film buss, scholars and historians, is that silent film was a fully developed art form in full maturity prior to the advent of cinematic sound and the aesthetic quality of cinema decreased after the inception of sound while artists and technicians adjusted to the requirements of what was, in many ways, a new medium. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Oedipus Rex (1957)

    A 3 page analysis of the 1967 film Oedipus Rex. No sources cited.

  • When A Man Loves A Woman

    A 6 page essay that discusses the film When A Man Loves A Woman from the stand point of alcoholic recovery. This film is a sensitive and insightful look at about alcoholism and how this insidious disease affects lives in multiple dimensions. Filmmakers have been known to handle alcoholism in a relatively facile way, that is, the film shows the decline of a protagonist, who hits bottom and has an epiphany that results in a determination to recover and the credits role over this happy ending. However, this film realistically portrays recovery as a beginning, not an end and shows the repercussions that this also can have in people's lives. In short, the film not only portrays what it means to be socially responsible in regards to alcoholism, but it takes a social responsible stance. No additional sources cited.

  • Film Analysis/Kiss Me Deadly

    A 5 page research paper that offers an analysis of Kiss Me Deadly (1955, produced and directed by Robert Aldrich for United Artists Studio), which is considered to be one of the finest examples of the film noir genre. The writer argues that film noir depicts the seamy underside of life and Kiss Me Deadly epitomizes film noir’s dark perspective by describing the directorial approach and use of the elements of cinematography. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Independence Day/Film Review

    A 5 page film review of Independence Day (1996, directed by Roland Emmerich), which is a film made in the tradition of the grade B science fiction thriller, which is an exemplary film genre that never deserved the derogatory term "grade B" when one considers the pathos, drama, and ability of these adventures to draw in the audience and offer them a glimpse of another reality. In the 1950s and early 60s, Americans watched visions of flying saucers flicker across movie screens in darkened theaters and contemplated the vulnerable position of humanity in a tremendously huge and unknown universe. If known scientific facts did not quite jab with the film's action, no one cared because this was not the point. The point was to become emotionally caught up in the defense of the Earth, which is a cathartic and highly enjoyable experience, and this is what Independence Day offers. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Film Analysis

    A 6 page research paper that draws heavily on the text The Art of Watching Films by Boggs and Petrie (2004). This examination of film analysis, first of all, offers a template for basic film analysis and how to interpret meaning in a movie, but then also discusses a personal criteria for evaluating cinema. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • "The Asphalt Jungle" and "Citizen Kane" as Classics of Film Noir

    This 6 page paper discusses two films that are classics of the film noir genre, Citizen Kane and The Asphalt Jungle, with regard to the way architecture and the city are used as elements in the films. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Girl Interrupted

    A 7 page paper that uses the 1999 film Girl Interrupted in order to answer numerous questions that collectively offer a case study of the film's protagonist, Susanna Kaysen. No bibliography is offered.

  • My Left Foot/Social Responsibility

    A 5 page essay that discusses the 1989 film My Left Foot (directed by Jim Sheridan for Miramax Films), which dramatizes the autobiography of Christy Brown, who became a celebrated author, painter and poet despite being handicapped with cerebral palsy. This film offers audience a fascinating and compelling study in how various characters deal with adversity and disability, as Christy’s handicaps not only affect his life but also the lives of those he touches. This discussion of the film focuses on ideas, values and motivational factors of each of these characters, as well as which ones demonstrate examples of social responsibility. No additional sources cited.

  • Born on the Fourth of July

    A 5 page research paper/essay that discusses “Born on the Fourth of July” (1989, directed by Oliver Stone for Universal), which is a film based on the autobiography of Vietnam War veterans Ron Kovic. The film focuses on Kovic and his experiences as a paraplegic, due to his war injuries, but it also encompasses the lives of his family and friends, revealing their motivations, preferences, actions and values. These factors direct and influence the ways in which each character in the film demonstrates a personal conception of social responsibility. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Hitchcock/Psycho & Shadow of a Doubt

    An 11 page research paper/essay that discusses these two films. Director Alfred Hitchcock’s film “Psycho” (1960) is generally acknowledged to be a masterpiece of the cinematic art. Interestingly, however, Hitchcock frequently stated that his personal favorite among his many films was “Shadow of a Doubt” (1943), in which a “debonair murderer of widows,” played by Joseph Cotton, has formulated a complete nihilistic theory of existence prior to settling in the little town of Santa Rosa, California (Denby 26). This examination of these two films demonstrates how Hitchcock’s legendary skill at manipulating and misdirecting his audience can be seen in the earlier film, as well as how this factor has matured and grown in subtlety and nuance by the time that “Psycho” was produced. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Crash: Film Analysis

    A 7 page paper which analyzes the film Crash. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • The Breakfast Club/A View of Adolescence

    A 5 page research paper/essay that discusses The Breakfast Club, directed by John Hughes for Universal, which is an insightful film that offers more substance and analysis of adolescence than the typical Hollywood teen movie. This film rises above the banality of the teen movie genre by exploring in more depth the psychological ramifications of the various high school stereotypical characters, i.e., a “brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal” (Hughes, 2007). Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Society through the Lens of John Landis’s “Trading Places”

    This 8 page paper discusses the film “Trading Places” as a cultural artifact, and explores what it says about the law, justice, and society. It also discusses whether the film made its points and if so, was it done badly or well. Finally, it discusses why and how justice was served at the climax of the movie. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • The Middle Passage/Deslauriers

    A 3 page research paper that describes French director Guy Deslauriers’ 2000 film “The Middle Passage” endeavors to portray the horrors endured by Africans abducted from their homes and forcibly transported to the New World. The film is a “stylistic gamble” as it is “without dialogue, individualized characters or conventional narrative arc” (Harvey 26). In other words, the film attempts to offer a contemporary audience the illusion that they are looking directly at history and the atrocities perpetuated on captured Africans. The main question, therefore, in evaluating this film is whether or not this depiction is accurate. The writer discusses this question, drawing on the narrative of Olaudah Equiano. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Birth of a Nation/Cinematic History

    A 3 page research paper that discusses The Birth of a Nation (1915, directed by D.W. Griffith for Epoch; screenplay by D.W. Griffith, Frank E. Woods and Thomas Dixon), which is a landmark film in cinematic history as it was the first important feature-length film, which had a tremendous impact on the nascent industry, as it changed the demographic makeup of film audiences (The Birth of a Nation, 1995). Up to this time, films were generally considered to be a working-class entertainment, but Birth of a Nation opened cinema to a much wider audience, one that had previously preferred only the legitimate theatre (The Birth of a Nation, 1995). Nevertheless, considering Birth of a Nation is also problematic due to this film’s overt racism. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • 1956 Film Adaptation/Moby Dick

    A 3 page essay that discusses director’s John Huston’s 1956 film adaptation of Herman Mellvile’s 1851 novel Moby Dick. Huston offers a simplified version of the novel, yet the film manages to capture the basic thematic essence of Melville’s study of good and evil, as the film primarily focuses on the character of Ahab and how his obsession with the great white whale that took his leg comes to rule over his life. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Mississippi Burning/A Reaction to the Film

    A 3 page reaction paper to the 1988 film Mississippi Burning, which deal with the murder of three Civil Rights workers that actually occurred in 1964. The writer summarizes the film’s basic plot and then comments on the film’s historical inaccuracies and records the writer’s personal reaction to the filmmaker’s effort. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Sports Psychology in “Rocky”

    This 4 page paper summarizes the movie “Rocky” and the sports psychology that it shows. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Eminem; the Background and Work of Marshall Bruce Mathers III

    This 5 page paper looks at the background, work and successes of Eminem starting with the period before he was signed by Dre with the Infinite Album up until 2007. The bibliography cites four sources.

  • Cinematography in “Hero”

    A 6 page research paper that discusses the elements of cinematography in “Hero,” directed by Zhang Yimou, 2002, which is an epic film and its $30 million production budget makes it one of the most expensive films in the history of China’s film industry (Heilman). The film’s narrative is similar to any one of numerous films that are set in an ancient era and involves numerous scenes of action-packed sword play. Rather than the narrative, it is the cinematography that makes this movie extraordinary, as there is scene after scene of breathtaking beauty. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Hitchcock/Rear Window & North by Northwest

    A 4 page research paper that discusses 2 films directed by Alfred Hitchcock. A surface evaluation of the cinematography in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic films Rear Window and North By Northwest would be that there is little commonality between the two films. Rear Window is told entirely from the viewpoint of L.B. “Jeff” Jefferies, a professional photographer who is confined to his New York apartment with a broken leg, whereas North by Northwest follows Roger Thornhill in an action-packed story that takes him across the country. However, a closer examination of the two films reveals that in both movies, Hitchcock uses the camera as his storyteller in many instances, and the elements of cinematography complement the dialogue in revealing characterization and plot devices. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ

    A 7 page research paper that describes and analyzes the influences in Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ. The writer discusses how the film differs from gospel and historical accounts and then focuses on where Gibson obtained information on scenes that differ from the gospel stories of the Christ’s betrayal, arrest and crucifixion. The writer also points out aspects of Hollywood conventions that are in the film. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Norma Rae’s Depiction of Labor

    A 5 page research paper that discusses the 1979 film “Norma Rae,” which was directed by Martin Ritt and written by Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank, Jr. The writer summarizes the key points of the film and argues that, in this film, Hollywood’s vision of the working class is accurate and true to life. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Passion of the Christ v. The Bible

    A 4 page research paper/essay that analyzes Mel Gibson’s film “The Passion of the Christ” has an air of authenticity that is designed to enhance the illusion that the audience is watching a highly accurate dramatization of biblical accounts of Christ’s Passion. The writer argues that a close examination of the film reveals that there are numerous deviations from the gospel accounts. These deviations, while still in keeping, overall, with the biblical text, tend to promote a theological perspective on the Bible that is in keeping with traditional Catholicism. Collectively speaking, the differences between gospel accounts and Gibson’s film offer an interpretation to the Passion of Christ that is substantially altered, which means that film’s air of authenticity is inaccurate. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Piano and Orchestra

    A 6 page research paper/essay that explores critical literature that has addressed the relationship between the piano and the orchestra that exists within the context of concerti and how this relationship has been represented in terms of the Romantic era notion of the individual against society. This notion pictures the solo pianist as a lone warrior pitted against the formidable sound of a full orchestra. The pianist is the hero that defies the conformity and domination of society as represented by the orchestra. The following examination of literature and thought on this topic, first of all, lays out the parameters of the piano/orchestra relationship as it is expressed in Romantic works; and then investigates whether or not the same can be said about impressionist concerti, or if this style of music ushered in a new relationship. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Virtually Reality Genre; Star Trek's Next-Generation Episode Ship In A Bottle As A Forerunner Of Virtual Reality In The Matrix And The Thirteenth Floor

    This five-page paper argues that the episode called "ship in a bottle", an episode of Star Trek next generation series which featured a story taking place in a virtual reality was a form on a lovely to virtual reality films and a foundation stone of the virtual reality genre. To argue this common features and approaches between the episode and the films the Matrix and the Thirteenth Floor are examined. The bibliography cites 3 sources.

  • His Girl Friday and Screwball Comedy

    A 3 page research paper that discusses this film genre. During the 1930s, “screwball” was a popular slang term for anything that was perceived as “unbalanced, erratic, irrational (or) unconventional” (“Screwball comedy”). This term was used to describe the a particular kind of baseball pitch, which has a spin that makes the ball have an unexpected drop, and it was also widely applied to a delightful romantic comedy film genre. This examination, first of all, examines the characteristics of this film genre and then discusses them in relationship to two films from the 30s: “His Girl Friday” (1940) and “My Man Godfrey” (1936). Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Analysis of the 1991 Film Sleeping with the Enemy

    Analysis of the 1991 Film Sleeping with the Enemy: In three pages this paper analyzes director Joseph Ruben’s 1991 film Sleeping with the Enemy. Two sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in “As Good As It Gets”

    This 4 page paper summarizes the film “As Good As It Gets,” discusses obsessive-compulsive disorder, and then gives reactions to some of the ideas presented in the film; any insights provided; the ideas presented; and what others might gain from seeing it. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Film Analysis

    A 3 page paper on film analysis. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Where the Heart Is

    A 5 page paper which discusses the film and the book Where the Heart Is. No additional sources cited.

  • The Illusionist as Myth

    A 4 page essay in which the writer argues that there are numerous factors in director Neil Burger’s 2006 film The Illusionist that draw upon the classic archetypes of myth. First of all, the imagery of the film draws directly on the symbolism of myth, but also, and more prominently, the concept of two rivals who vie for the attention of the Goddess constitutes the film’s pivotal focus. Examination of this film demonstrates that, at its heart, is an ancient pattern that is played out in terms of turn-of-the twentieth century Vienna. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Media Messages, Gender Stereotypes & Baby Mama

    A 3 page essay that analyzes a recent film, "Baby Mama," in terms of stereotypical portrays. In large part, comedies often rely on stereotypes, as these cultural concepts offer writers a handy shorthand in regards to characterization that the audience will readily understand. This film takes advantage of gender stereotypes to underscore its comedic effects. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Les Miserables (1998)/A Film Review and Analysis

    A 5 page research paper/review and analysis of the 1998 film adaptation of Les Miserables. The first part of the paper consists of a 4 page film review that is followed by a bibliography with 3 sources. Then, the writer addresses the question "What would you do in Valjean's position?" in a 1 page answer. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Gone with the Wind's Cinematography

    A 3 page research paper/essay that discusses the cinematography of Gone With The Wind (1939, directed by Victor Fleming; produced by David O. Selznick for Selznick International and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer), which is one of the most popular and profitable films every made (GWTW, 1995). The film won 9 Academy Awards, which includes Ernest Haller and Ray Rennahan winning for Best (Color) Cinematography. Examination of GWTW in terms of cinematography demonstrates that this accolade was well-deserved, as lighting and camera choices, throughout the film, serve to underscore the narrative's major themes by helping to establish mood and characterization. In this manner, cinematography serves to underscore the central theme of the film, which is the centrality of Tara in Scarlett O'Hara's life. Three scenes are described. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Blood In, Blood Out

    This 3 page paper considers the characters in the film “Blood In, Blood Out” and argues that Merton’s theory of the “American dream” and Shaw and MacKay’s theory of “zones of transition” are the best tools to use to describe their lives as shown in the film. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Does an Economic Crisis Hurt the Entertainment and Sports Industries?

    In twenty pages this paper examines the effects of an ailing economy on the entertainment and sports industries in a consideration of venues (suite sales and booking shows), touring shows (Britney Spears’ 2009 Circus concert tour, Coldplay’s 2008-2009 concert tour, Smucker’s Stars on Ice, professional sports, ticket holders, club seats, and premium seats (i.e., new Dallas Cowboys’ stadium). Twelve sources are listed in the bibliography. TGspentec.rtf

  • Narrative Construction in “Rear Window”

    This 5 page paper uses Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film “Rear Window” to discuss the principles of narrative construction in film. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Strangers in Good Company/Women and Old Age

    A 4 page film review on Strangers in Good Company (1990, directed by Cynthia Scott), which is an insightful film that is basically a character study of eight women, seven elderly ladies and their 20-something bus driver, who become stranded in the Canadian countryside after their bus breaks down. Application of the life course theoretical perspective developed by G.H. Elder, Jr. aids the viewer in understanding the film's thematic messages. To illustrate this point, this discussion of the film focuses on what it tells viewers, as informed by the Elder's life course perspective, about the life of one of the women, Catherine Roche, age 68, a Roman Catholic nun. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Annie Hall

    A 5 page paper which examines how Woody Allen’s film Annie Hall was a very powerful film in making a statement for women. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • “The Castle”

    A 5 page overview of this award winning Australian film. This paper argues that this film is more than a simple comedy. Instead, it delivers a message in regard to land rights that is important to all people. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Two Versions of Frankenstein

    This 7 page paper compares the novel with the 1931 film directed by James Whale. It argues that the novel is philosophical while the film is a horror classic; it also argues that the Monster can be seen as being symbolic of the status of women in society at that time. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Narrative in Literature and Film: Frankenstein vs. Frankenstein

    This 6 page paper discusses the differences in the novel and film versions of “Frankenstein” from the point of view of narrative structure. Bibliography lists 6 sources

  • Sense and Sensibility/Novel v. Film

    A 4 page research paper/essay that discusses the differences between these 2 mediums. Every few years seems to bring a new film adaptation of Jane Austen's classic early-nineteenth century novel Sense and Sensibility. Nevertheless, one of the finest of recent film adaptations of this novel is still director Ang Lee's 1995 production, which was produced by Mirage Films and released by Columbia Pictures. The script for this movie was written by Emma Thompson, who also stars in the role of Elinor Dashwood. This examination of the film will demonstrate that while Thompson makes some departures from Austen's novel, these differences are minor, as she remains true to the story and Austen's characterization. In fact, some of her changes tend to enhance, rather than detract, from the viewer's enjoyment of this narrative. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Vera Drake

    A 4 page sociological review of the film Vera Drake. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Characterization in Crash

    A 3 page essay that discusses characterization in this 2005 film. Also, in response to an assignment prompt, the writer offers personal opinion on a moral dilemma that is part of this film. No additional sources cited.

  • “The Castle” : A Messenger

    An 8 page consideration of the comical Australian film “The Castle”. This paper argues that the film is in fact a powerful societal messenger. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Smiley Face

    A 3 page paper which reflects on the film Smiley Face. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Amistad

    A 5 page paper which examines and reviews the film Amistad. No additional sources cited.

  • Sociological Analysis of Paul Haggis’ Film Crash

    In five pages this paper presents an analysis of this 2004 Academy Award winning film, considering such topics as how the film categorizes people, how it makes its claim, its audience, humanitarian themes, personalization, and examines whether or not Crash can be regarded as a white supremacist film. Five sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Roberto Benigni's 1998 Film Life is Beautiful

    A five page review of Roberto Benigni's 1998 film about the Holocaust. The review analyzes the wide variation in critical response to the film, and concludes that it affirms a message popular audiences need to hear: that life has meaning, and love prevails. Bibliography lists three sources.

  • Sociologically Implications of a Comedy

    A 3 page essay that comments on sociological implications of the film "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story." Bibliography lists 2 sources (reviews of the film). khdodgeb.rtf

  • Brazilian Film/Behind the Sun

    A 5 pages discussion of this Brazilian film by Walter Salles. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Marley and Me/True meaning

    A 3 page film review that discusses the 2008 film Marley & Me in terms of being a metaphor that instructs the audience on the meaning of unconditional love in a relationship. No other sources cited.

  • Gender, Film, the Male Gaze and Female Filmmakers

    This 8 page paper uses Laura Mulvey’s paper as a springboard for a discussion of the use of gender in film, both in the content of the films and in the way they are made. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • The Village/Directed by M. Night Shymalan

    A 3 page essay that reviews and discusses this 2004 film. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Film Noir, Complexity And Gangsters

    3 pages in length. The intrigue of living outside the law serves as a basis upon which gangsters films harbor a certain complexity. A criminal element coupled with dark, seductive and intelligent antagonists whose sole purpose in life is to get something for nothing leads viewers on a nonstop chase whereby the gangster usually has the upper hand; it is rare for this social nonconformist to be outwitted as he exists within a covert infrastructure that allows for easy movement into and out of his targets. Classic films like High Sierra, White Heat and The Killers embody a significant change to the gangster/criminal film after 1940 with a distinctive move toward the mysterious complexity of film noir. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Analysis of O Brother, Where Art Thou? Film Trailer

    In three pages this paper provides an analysis of the movie trailer for this film that answers questions about primary audience, other intended audiences, and also considers the plot voiceover in terms of how it connects between the filmmakers’ choices and purposes and the film’s audiences. There are no bibliographical sources listed.

  • Articles on Knocked Up

    A 3 page paper which examines, comparing and contrasting, two articles about modern culture and the film Knocked Up. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark/Cinematography

    A 3 page research paper that discusses this film's cinematography and it works with the film's theatrical elements to create suspense. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Uranya/A Film Analysis

    A 3 page summation and analysis of Uranya (2006, written and directed by Costa Kapakas) which is a Greek film that offers a nostalgic look at boyhood during the summer of 1969. The film is basically a coming-of-age narrative that focuses on a group of young adolescent boy. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Oscar and Lucinda and Biography of Filmmaker Gillian Armstrong

    In four pages this paper examines a preview written about the 1997 film Oscar and Lucinda and its director Gillian Armstrong and discusses what the article provides regarding useful biographical information, sources, structure, beliefs, and values as they relate to the film. Also discussed is the importance of previews to films. Four sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • About Those Incredible Incredibles

    This 3 page paper discusses the Disney/Pixar film “The Incredibles.” Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Charlie Wilson and the Parable of Unintended Consequences

    This 3 page paper discusses the fable at the end of the film “Charlie Wilson’s War,” and what it means in the context of the film and with regard to the U.S. in the 21st century. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Film Review/Toy Story 3

    This 4 page review of Toy Story 3 begins by briefly summarizing the film, then the writer relates what 3 critics have written about the film, and concludes with a discussion of its strengths and weaknesses. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Logical Fallacies and Philosophy in Minority Report

    This 3 page paper analyzes and critiques the film Minority Report. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Maria Full of Grace

    A 3 page summary of the film and examination of the character Maria in film Maria Full of Grace. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Amelie, A Film Review

    A 3 page essay that reports the writer's experience watching the first 30 minutes of a French film, Amelie, (2001, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet) with the subtitles turned off and then watching the entire film with the subtitles turned on. The writer relates the experience to what was learned about the importance of language to understanding. No additional sources are cited.

  • 28 Weeks Later

    A 3 page paper which analyzes the horror film 28 weeks later. No sources cited.

  • Analysis of John Woo's The Killer

    A 7 page research paper/essay that discusses how John Woo's 1989 film The Killer reflects the sociopolitical atmosphere and anxiety of the 1980s and 1990s in Hong Kong prior to the transition to Chinese governance. The writer discusses similarities to film noir. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Political Theme in Zhang's Hero

    A 9 page research paper that presents an overview of Hero (2002), directed by Zhang Yimou, which presents a strikingly beautiful martial arts film that has a political message of promoting individual sacrifice in order to achieve the collective good. However, the writer argues that this theme is undermined and overshadowed by the emphasis on the artistic aspects of the film. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • The Characters in Aftershock

    This 7 page paper provides an overview of the major points in the Asian film Aftershock. This paper relates the foundational principles in the film and their impacts. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • A Film Review of For Colored Girls

    This 3 page paper provides an overview of the film For Colored Girls, and relates the major themes. This paper also provides a general overview of the film. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Summation and Review/Brother's Keeper

    This 3 page film review describes Brother's Keeper, which is a documentary that was produced in 1992 and directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky for New Video Group. The film describes the trial of Delbert Ward, who was accused of murdering his brother, William, in 1990. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • 12 Angry Men, film analysis and the RAP Model

    This 5 page research paper/essay offers an analysis of the film "12 Angry Men" Men (1997, directed by William Friedkin) that focuses on group dynamics and then discusses the film in terms of the RAP model, which stands for recognize, anticipate and problem solve. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Melville's "Le Samourai" - A Portrait of Existential Values

    This is a 6 page paper that provides an overview of Melville's "Le Samourai". Comparisons to other films such as "Les Enfants Terribles" are drawn, showing how the film expresses the European postwar philosophy of existentialism. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Film and Communication Theory

    This is a 5 page paper that provides an overview of film and communication theory. Examples of the communication process inherent in film is explored through an examination of four films: Burton's "Big Fish", Haggis' "Crash", McCarthy's "The Visitor", and Glenn's "The Lazarus Project". Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Bamboozled by Spike Lee

    A 5 page research paper/essay that offers an discussion and analysis of Spike Lee's 2000 film "Bamboozled." The writer uses Marion Riggs' documentary "Ethnic Notions" and the minstrelsy stereotypes that it discusses, to provide insight into Lee's film. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Fatal Attraction and Borderline Personality Disorder

    This 6 page research paper/essay reports on the film "Fatal Attraction" (1987, directed by Adrian Lyne) and how this film offers a cinematic portrayal of borderline personality disorder. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Film Portrayal of Schizophrenia

    A 6 page paper that offers a psychoanalysis of the film, Black Swan. Billed as a psychodrama, the film records a ballerina’s descent into madness. The general consensus was that the character had developed schizophrenia. Through the research, this paper demonstrates that she did not necessarily have schizophrenia. She certainly had psychotic breaks but she exhibited symptoms and behaviors of a vast assortment of disorders and illnesses. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • The Raven, 1963 Film and Poe's Poem

    This 3 page essay compares the plot, theme and setting of Poe's famous poem with the same factors in a 1963 film adaptation of the film directed by Roger Corman. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Scene Analysis, Election (1999)

    This 3 page essay provides a scene analysis pertaining to the film "Election," directed by Alexander Payne, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Jim Taylor. This is a comedy that satires an election for student government president and the scene analysis argus that the emphasis in the film is on personality types. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Analysis of To Kill A Mockingbird

    This 12 page research paper/essay focuses on the 1962 film adaptation of Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird, directed by Robert Mulligan. This extensive review considers the film from an historical perspective that discusses its content in terms of congruence with the social paradigms of the 1930s. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • To Kill A Mockingbird, a 1960s Perspective

    This 12 page analysis of the 1962 film adaptation of Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird, directed by Robert Mulligan, argues that the film reflects 1960s attitudes and can be best understood in terms of 60s pop culture rather than as a reflection of the 1930s. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Musical Evolution from Baroque to Classical

    A 5 page paper on the the evolution of Baroque and Classical music, and the contributions of individual composes to that evolution. The paper presents technology and techniques that influenced those changes. Artists include: Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Beethoven, and Haydn. 4 bibliographical references.

  • Comparing the Music of J.S. Bach, Ludwig von Beethoven, and The Beatles

    A 12 page essay that addresses the technological and social contributions of each and interrelationships between them. The paper also addresses individual pieces by each composer and compares it to the advances made in music which sets these artists apart from others. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Tonality in Music and Art

    A 5 page research paper on tonality in art and music expressed in terms of linearity, rationality and order from the single-point perspective. The writer defines each of these and reviews them in Miro, Tzaikovsky, Magritte, Chopin, Ensor and Debussy. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Relationship Between Mario Cavardadossi and Tosca in La Tosca by Puccini

    The title character of Puccini's La Tosca is a deeply conflicted woman. Tosca is both fragile and volatile, vulnerable and enraged. Her jealousy, perhaps her central character flaw, is expressed through the music of this opera, and the relationship between Tosca and Mario is the central tragedy of this work. This 5 page paper considers the relationship between the actions of the characters and the operatic developments that represent the tormented and tragic relationship between Tosca and Mario. No additional sources cited.

  • Act I of La Tosca by Puccini and Mario and Tosca's Relationship

    The title character of Puccini's La Tosca is a deeply conflicted woman. Tosca is both fragile and volatile, vulnerable and enraged. Her jealousy, perhaps her central character flaw, is expressed through the music of this opera, and the relationship between Tosca and Mario is the central tragedy of this work. This 5 page paper considers the relationship between the actions of the characters and the operatic developments that represent the tormented and tragic relationship between Tosca and Mario. No additional sources cited.

  • Country Music and the Blues

    A 6 page paper analytically comparing these two styles of music. The writer details various similarities and differences in lyric and content, and includes two original songs as examples in an appendix.

  • Validity or Bigotry in Rap Music Criticisms

    In this well-prepared 5 page essay, the writer argues that there exists a great societal irony in the fact that lyrically-violent rap music is critiqued as destructive to a specific culture and at the same time praised by ‘hip-hop advocates' for its realistic contributions to the social advancement of today's inner city Black youths. It is asserted that critics of rap music fail to recognize it for its redeeming social value. And more importantly, we should be struggling to correct the very real problems that rap describes in its lyrics and not trying to hide or bury them even deeper by attacking the music itself. No Bibliography.

  • Music of Ancient Greece and Rome

    This 7 page paper looks at Ancient Greek and Roman music with a particular emphasis on the instruments they used. New research is shown to indicate that people who lived in earlier times were more sophisticated than once thought, even playing similar instruments and employing comparable techniques. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Writer's Personal Feelings About Music

    A 3 pages essay that expresses the writer's personal feelings about music. The writer argues that music is a highly complex, abstract language that bypasses the brain and affects the central nervous system directly causing a change in mood. The essay goes on to discuss this emotional component of music and its implications. No sources cited.

  • Suite No. 3 in D Major by Johann Sebastian Bach

    A 5 page research paper that analyzes Johann Sebastian Bach's Suite no. 3 in D major. The writer leads the reader through the sections of the Suite explaining how the instruments are utilized and describing where Bach modulates the music from one key to a contrasting key. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Billboard Magazine's News Articles

    A 5 page analysis of two recent articles in Billboard magazine. The writer argues that Billboard offers its readership the latest news on popular music in a manner that also relates the overall trends developing in the music industry. No additional sources cited.

  • Beethoven vs. Bach

    A 5 page paper in which the writer compares a the Baroque and Classical eras in music. Using Bach's Fugue in G Minor and the first movement of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, the writer discusses the distinctive characteristics of each era. No sources cited.

  • Choreographer Jerome Robbins

    This 5 page discussion considers Jerome Robbins premise, 'When you learn to move your body on a note of music, it's exciting. You have taken control of your body and, by learning to do that, you discover that you can take control of your life.' A Betomann Archive photo of Robbins teaching in West Side Story is included. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • 'Ardo e scoprir' Madrigal by Claudio Monteverdi

    A 5 page research paper on the seventeenth century madrigal by Claudio Monteverdi, 'Ardo e scoprir.' The writer offers analysis and commentary on how Monteverdi's music spanned the transition between Renaissance and Baroque music. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Film What Dreams May Come and the Psychology of Sigmund Freud

    5 pages in length. A majority of the themes and issues found in contemporary psychology treatments have their fundamental basis in Sigmund Freud's discoveries. The writer discusses how Freud's theories apply to the movie What Dreams May Come. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Computer Music and Its Impact Upon Society

    A 5 page research paper that examines how the advent of computerized music has impacted society. The writer focuses on how computers have made musical instruction, performing and composition more available to a wider section of the public. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Content Ratings for TV and Music

    4 pages in length. Many people agree that content ratings (G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17, X) have not hindered – and may have benefited – the film industry. Content ratings for recorded music and television, however, have been slow to be adopted. The writer discusses that the most obvious reason why this is so is due to censorship and the growing defiance toward controlling what an individual might listen to or watch in the privacy of his or her own home. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Psychological Analysis of Sophie in the Film Sophie's Choice

    (5 pp) Based on an examination of the title character in the movie "Sophie's Choice," and an incorporation of Essential Papers on the Psychology of Women (1990) edited by Claudia Zanardi. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Learning Enhanced Through Music

    A 5 page paper that explores the connection between music and enhanced learning abilities. Discussed are the opinions formed from traditional research on this subject, the altered opinions gleaned from recent studies, and the phenomenon dubbed 'The Mozart Effect' in author Don Campbell's The Mozart Effect for Children: Awakening Your Child's Mind, Health, and Creativity With Music. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Consumer Choices and Music

    6 pages in length. The writer discusses how music influences consumer choices. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Overview of Singer Janis Joplin

    This 5 page paper provides an overview of the life and emotional expression of Janis Joplin, with a focus on how her manic depression was described within her songs. This paper considers how Janis Joplin revolutionized music and style and relates specific songs to different periods in her life. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Recording Studios and Changes in Technology

    A 12 page discussion of the technological changes which have occurred in the recording studio since the popular music explosion of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Emphasizes the impetus behind these changes is attributable not only to the entertainment industry but also to factors as diverse as computer, military, and medical applications. Notes specific changes in Signal Inputs, Signal Conditioning, Sound Recording Equipment, Mixers, and Signal Outputs. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Social Psychology and the 1999 Movie The Matrix

    This 7 page report discusses the 1999 movie, “The Matrix,” from the aspect of social psychology. Interestingly, the field of social psychology almost always refers to some specific “matrix”-- the persuasion matrix, the influence matrix, the contingency matrix (and more) -- in which a person interacts with others and through which he or she defines themselves. Could it be possible that the primary purpose of the blockbuster “The Matrix” was to explore the interconnectedness that exists among all those varying types and levels of social and psychological “matrix?” No other sources listed.

  • Music Software and its Complexity

    This 9 page paper provides many examples to show that music software is generally too complex for most people to operate. Specific software is discussed and problems are highlighted. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Music Appreciation Among Adults

    Adult Music Appreciation: This 21-page analytical essay examines a plethora of subjective and objective concepts germane to the life-learning experiences of listening to music. In addition, the views expressed herein will be those that are outside the scope of typical norms that are associated with the commercial entertainment musical genre. Bibliography lists 5 sources. SNMusica.doc

  • Music and the Negative Depiction of Women

    This 5 page paper provides an overview of various genres that seem to contain misogynist lyrics. Eminem's songs are highlighted. Experts discuss the effects of music on young people and the paper concludes that music does not have a serious effect on adolescents despite the hard-core lyrics which are popular today. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Connection Between Youth Culture and Pop Music

    A fourteen page paper which looks at the relationship between youth culture and the development of music genres, and the way in which the development of particular genres is related to such elements as socio-economic issues and generational influences, especially with regard to the wider dissemination of information now available via the Internet. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Musical and Libretto Contributions of Wolfgang Mozart's The Magic Flute

    A 5 page research paper that examines the relationship between the libretto and the music in Mozart's The Magic Flute. The writer also discusses how this opera can be interpreted according to Masonic symbolism. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Just My Soul Responding: Rhythm and Blues, Black Consciousness and Race Relations by Brian Ward

    This 6 page report discusses Brian Ward’s 1998 book that looks at forty years of Black music in America and the ways in which its development paralleled that of the political and civil rights movements of the times. Ward makes the point that it was Rhythm and Blues that became the first musical genre to successfully permeate white American culture. As a cultural historian, Ward is able to eloquently present a number of fascinating correlations between white admiration for black music (and culture) and how it related to and still relates to racial inequalities. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Comparison Between Robert Schumann and Franz Haydn

    An 8 page paper that compares Haydn's String Quartet Op. 76, No. 4, second movement and Robert Schumann's "Scenes from Childhood," No. 13, "The Poet Speaks." In doing so, the writer explores how theses works fit into music history, which composer took a classical approach, which took a romantic, and how these eras are defined. Biography lists 5 sources.

  • Musical Innovations of John Cage

    A 10 page research paper that examines the career of John Cage, a serious composer whose innovative music in the 1940s and 50s was a tremendous influence on subsequent composing. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Composer Frederic Chopin's Life and Music

    This 5 page report discusses Frédéric François Chopin, (1810-49), Polish composer and pianist of the romantic school, regarded by some as the greatest of all composers of music for the piano. The music he provided the Western world has served as some of the most soulful of all piano music and while his mazurkas are some of the most joyful renditions of folk music in a classical framework. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • 'Rainbow' Piano Etude 5 by Gyorgy Ligeti

    A 10 page research paper that examines the music of Gyorgy Ligeti, who is acknowledged as one of Europe's leading contemporary composers. In his later years, Ligeti has devoted a great deal of his time to producing a series of Etudes pour piano that are considered some of the greatest ever written in this particular genre. The writer looks at his work, and his etudes, and particularly focuses on Etude #5. Bibliography lists 20 sources.

  • Excess Achievement in the Entertainment Industry

    An 8 page paper discussing the influence that the entertainment industry has had on development of life in the Western part of the United States. As New York draws those who aspire to theatre and Nashville those who seek fame in country music, so do Los Angeles and Las Vegas attract those seeking excess in their lives, with or without the fame of a movie or music career to finance it. The entertainment industry has encouraged this movement, which in turn has influenced the entertainment industry. Ultimately, the relationship has influenced development of life in the Western part of the United States. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Critic's Role

    This 5 page paper outlines the duties and expectations of critics in the music, food, and book industries. This paper also lists specific examples of how critics have sold out to the corporate dollars in lieu of good taste. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • The Tradition and Evolution of Indian Carnatic Music

    An 8 page exploration of this traditional form of Indian music. Emphasizes that while this musical style has been exposed to a number of cultural stressors, it has not only managed to survive but to encompass a number of other musical genres as well. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Godsmack and Disturbed A Two Concert Review

    This 5 page paper analyzes the two rock concerts for various elements such as sound quality and showmanship. The meaning in the music, as well as the type of crowds present, are also discussed. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Black Noise by Tricia Rose

    A 7 page research paper that offers a comprehensive overview of this text. The writer summarizes this book, chapter by chapter, and how it offers a detailed analysis of rap music and its relationship to black culture in contemporary America. No additional sources cited.

  • Teens and Music's Influence

    This 8 page paper looks at contemporary music in the twentieth century and suggests that it is a reflection of society and not necessarily bad for today's youth. Many genres and bands are referenced. Misogyny and violence are discussed as is safety issues at rock concerts. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Creation and Development of the Universal Music Group, Formerly Known as MCA

    This 5 page report discusses the creation and development of the Universal Music Group (known as MCA until late 1996), one of the world’s largest music company with global operations. In fact, Universal Music Group (UMG) is the “market leader in every major region, including the United States, Europe, Latin, America, and Asia.” Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Indian Music and the Tabla Drums

    This 6 page paper gives an in depth overview of the tabla drums used in traditional/classical Indian music. Basic strokes, history, and construction discussed as well. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Popular Music and the Effects of Technology

    A 6 page research paper that examines the effect that technology has had on the development of popular music. The writer discusses Tin Pan Alley, but concentrates on the developments since the 1980s. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Roberto Rossellini's Film Europa, Europa and Its Psychological Impact

    5 pages. The impact of the film Europa Europa was based on the psychology of survival. When we are cornered and face imminent death, the human psyche will respond in ways heretofore unknown to us; we will do whatever it takes to survive because an inner psychological need takes over. The survival instinct, as evidenced by this film, can cause us to do things we never would have believed we would do. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Symphony Orchestra's Future

    A six page paper which looks at the future of the symphony orchestra and the way in which classical music companies are being obliged to adopt a more varied and eclectic approach in the modern day. Bibliography lists 2 sources

  • Creative Cultural Expression and Rap Music

    This 6 page paper considers the culture and development of RAP music as a valid genre of expression and creativity. The writer considers the history of the music, how it became popular, its reputation and how this may indicate who it will grow in the future. The bibliography cites 6 sources.

  • Analysis of Latin Music

    A 5 page paper which examines how Latin music has been influenced by jazz. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Overview of the Entertainment Industry

    A 6 page paper that offers a general overview of the entertainment industry. The largest conglomerates are identified and discussed along with their major diverse interests. Issues facing certain segments, music, films, Broadway, and movie theaters, are also discussed. Data included. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Opera's Evolution After 1945

    A 19 page research paper that examines the evolution of opera as a music form in the post-1945 era. The writer begins by asking the question "Can musical forms that evolved during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries still serve serious composers today?" To answer this question, the writer focuses on the opera. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Music Philosophy

    8 pages. Different people can describe music many different ways. This paper discusses some of the aesthetic viewpoints about music and some of the following philosophers: Eduard Hanslick, Arthur Schopenhauer and Gustav Schilling. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Angry White Rapper: The Life and Music of Eminem

    A 7 page research paper that examines the career and music of Eminem (aka Marshall Mathers), a rap star who has become a recording phenomenon. The writer examines why Eminem is so successful and also so controversial. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Reaction to the Works of Claude Debussy and Claude Monet

    A 5 page essay that records the writer's reactions to Claude Monet's painting "Garden at Sainte-Adresse" and Claude Debussy's music "Claire de Lune." The writer discusses how, in both cases, the construction of their work creates a specific "impression" in the mind of the viewer/listener, and the writer posits that this objective is obtained by subtly altering standards in their respective arts that previously had been considered immutable. No sources cited.

  • Ambient Music of Brian Eno

    A 6 page research paper that examines the techniques and philosophy behind the genre of music that Brian Eno invented in the 1970s. The writer argues that this music, ambient music, was decades ahead of its time and evaluates its form and significance. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Chartres Cathedral Architecture Compared with Music of Valkyrie by Richard Wagner

    5 pages. Determining that there is a connection between building a physical structure and composing a piece of music is not that hard to imagine. In each endeavor the creator is bringing forth from the heart and the imagination a thing of beauty and stability that will bring pleasure to those who experience it. In this paper there is made a comparison of the architecture of the Chartres Cathedral and the classical music piece by Richard Wagner 'Ride of the Valkyrie'. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Opening Sequence Analysis of the 1979 Film Apocalypse Now

    An 8 page paper which examines how the filmmaker used sound, music and visual mise-en-scene in the first thirty minutes to develop the mood and atmosphere of the Vietnam epic that paralleled Joseph Conrad’s somber novel, “Heart of Darkness.” Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Analysis of This Old Man Folk Song

    A 5 page research paper that analyzes the musical makeup of a traditional folksong, "This Old Man." In so doing, the writer discusses the basic elements of music -- melody, harmony and rhythm. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Aural Training and Music Education

    A 14 page research paper that explores the topic of aural training in music, that is, learning to play by ear. The writer discusses the importance of aural training and outlines six lesson plans designed to introduce young students to the keyboard. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Elvis Presley's Contributions to Music and the Music Industry

    5 pages in length. One would be hard pressed to gauge the unmitigated influence Elvis Presley – the man, the music and the combination of both – has had upon the music industry. Incorporating the fundamental tenets of gospel, blues and rock & roll, this musical enigma did not set out with an agenda to completely obliterate what listeners had come to accept as mainstream sound; rather, he merely followed his honed instincts in order to establish a sound that ultimately – and quite effectively – defined pop music as it has been known for more than fifty years. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Connection Between Sexuality and Pop Music

    This 10 page paper asserts that there is a direct connection between popular music and the expression of sexually explicit messages. This paper sites many examples which support this thesis. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • 1960s and 1970s Music Photography

    A 5 page paper which examines why the work of certain photographers has become so valuable (is it because of their style or the artists they photographed), and also discusses the historical effect of music photography on contemporary design, the design movements that relate to music photography and how the study of music photography can help the fledgling student photographer formulate ideas and develop a distinctive visually aesthetic style. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Edgard Varese's Music

    An 8 page paper which examines the musical work of Edgard Varese, focusing predominantly on “Deserts” and “Ionisation.” Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Analysis of the Fourth Act of Aida by Giuseppe Verdi

    A 5 page analysis of the opening duet between Amneris and Radames in Act IV of Verdi's classic opera Aida. The writer looks at the traditional four-movement structure of this duet and shows how the words and music work together to express the volatile emotions of the scene. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Russian Ballet and Musical Development and the Impact of the Bolshevik Revolution

    An 8 page paper which examines how the government used these art forms to their advantage and why, how music and ballet was used as a form of propaganda and considers the influences of such artists as Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev and Vaslav Nijinsky. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • The Minute Waltz by Frederic Chopin

    A 7 page research paper that analyzes the music of Frederic Chopin as representative of the Romantic era, focusing on his work known as the "Minute Waltz" (waltz in D-flat, opus 64, no. 1). Brief biographical background material is also discussed. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • An Evaluation of the Ninth Symphony by Beethoven

    An 11 page research paper that examines and analyzes Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, with particularly emphasis on the chorale finale. The writer discusses the sonata-allegro structure and how Beethoven adapted this structure in the Ninth, as well as the emotional qualities of the work that foreshadowed the development of music during the Romantic era. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Popular Music, Gender, Sexuality, and Cultural Identity

    A 12 page paper which examines to what extent popular music contributes to cultural identity through sexuality and gender. The paper examines the influence of Madonna and Mariah Carey. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Influential Jazz Musician Miles Davis

    This 11 page paper discusses the extraordinary life of Miles Davis and his impact upon Jazz. This paper highlights the many notable achievements of Davis' career as well as the unique elements of his music which contributed to his success. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • American Appeal of Blues Music

    This 6-page paper focuses on blues music, its history (and how it has depicted American history) and its never-ending appeal. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • TV Violence and Women

    A 9 page research paper that examines the literature on television's portrayal of violence against women. The writer argues that many television shows provide a normalizing effect on the perception of violence, portraying such violence as the cultural norm. Violence in music videos, Jerry Springer, and soap operas is highlighted. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Musical Analysis of Bjork

    A 9 page research paper that examines the career and music of the Icelandic singer/songwriter known as Bjork. The writer focuses on Bjork's considerable talent as a songwriter, her brilliance as a performer, as well as where she finds the motivation and inspiration to be constantly producing music that breaks new ground. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Beethoven's Eroica

    A 5 page research paper that examines the impact of Beethoven's Third Symphony, known as the "Eroica," on the music world. The classicism of the eighteenth century valued reason above the emotions, the romanticism of the eighteenth century revolted against this perspective and it was Beethoven who brought Romanticism to music with the Eroica. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • 1960s' Civil Rights Music and Martin Luther King Jr.

    A 5 page paper which examines the work of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights music of the 1960s. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Fan Culture Ideology and Music

    A 40 page paper which looks in detail at the relationship between musical genres and the development of fan cultures, with reference to the part that music plays in the development of collective memory and cultural ideology, as well as the relationship between music and the validation of outsider cultures. Bibliography lists 12 sources

  • Elementary Classroom Learning and Music Instruction

    A 5 page research paper that presents a theoretical justification for music instruction in the elementary classroom, based on empirical research. Then, the writer offers some examples of music activities for the classroom. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • The Twelve Tone Scale

    A 7 page research paper that analyzes two works: one by Karlheinz Stockhausen and one by Pierre Boulez. These two twentieth century composers are acknowledged masters of the 12-tone school. The writer offers analysis of how each work is constructed, the principles involved and the underlying techniques. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Jazz Pioneers Lester Young and Coleman Hawkins

    A 4 page research paper that discusses the distinctly different music styles of jazz greats Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young, the men who are primarily responsible for the tenor sax becoming a leading instrument in jazz. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Religious Influences in the Music of Charles Ives

    A 7 page research paper that explores the influence of Ives' New England background on his music. The writer discusses the influence of Transcendentalism, but concentrates on the influence of hymns on Ives' choral compositions. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Society and Rap Lyrics

    A 2.5 page paper which examines the effects of rap lyrics on today’s society. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Romantic and Classical Music Compared and Assessed

    This is a 6 page paper discussing the Classical and Romantic periods of music. Classicism or the Classical Period (1750-1820) of music was quite different from that which followed it found in the Romantic Period (1820-1910). The Classical Period was known for its shift away from the flowery Baroque Period and toward more balanced and simple pieces which were performed before a public audience. For the first time music was written for its own means and not as an accompaniment for dancing or a special occasion. This “absolute music” saw the emergence of such composers as Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven among many others and also saw the development of the instrumental importance in the form of concertos, symphonies and sonatas as well as the comic opera. The Romantic Period built upon the instrumental work of the Classical Period by expanding the size of the orchestras and the length of the symphonies. In addition, styles unique to the Romantic Period emerged which included the development of the Romantic symphony, the symphonic poems, the concert overtures, the Romantic operas, the Lieder, National music and the popularity of works for the piano. Composers from the Romantic era included Bizet, Chopin, Dvorak, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Puccini, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, and Wagner among many others in which forms were not always based on the traditional German, Italian or French styles. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Cinema and the Impact of Music

    This 4 page paper discusses the effect of musical scores on the integrity of a movie. The Fellowship of the Rings score, by Howard Shore, is exampled. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Comparing Laurence Olivier's 1948 Film 'Hamlet' with William Shakespeare's Play

    A 4 page paper which compares and contrasts the two versions by specifically discussing any additions or deletions made in the transference of the play to film and weighs their appropriateness and value, considers the quality of the acting, settings, costumes, background music and cinematography, and contains a reaction to these differing productions. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • The Baroque Cantatas of J.S. Bach

    An 11 page research paper that analyzes Bach's cantata music. The writer includes an analysis of Baroque music and also offers a detailed analysis of Bach's Cantata No. 140 Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Post Second World War Generation and Rock 'N Roll's Impact

    This 10 page paper discusses the contributions of Elvis to the music industry as well as the cultural impact his music had for a generation. Examples from four songs analyzed for sexual content. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Concerto Grosso Number 4 in A Minor by Charles Avison

    A 3 page research paper that discusses a work by Charles Avison (1709-1770), English Baroque composer. The writer argues that this concerto grosso demonstrates the typical characteristics of Baroque music. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Life and Music of George Frederic Handel

    A 3 page research paper that refers briefly to Handel's life, but concentrates on discussing one of Handel's operas Giulio Cesare and his oratorio Messiah as example works that demonstrate the mastery that was characteristic of Handel's music. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Political Culture and Music of Haiti

    A 6 page research paper/essay that take the unusual form of presenting a hypothetical Haitian family over two generations. The writer pictures the family as reflecting their political and cultural orientation toward Haiti in regards to the choices of music made at their weddings. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • A Letter Evaluating the Work of Beethoven

    A 6 page research paper that takes the form of an imaginary letter written by someone who attended the premier performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on May 7, 1824. The letter not only summarizes and analyzes the work, but also relates the Ninth to the facts of Beethoven's biography and how the music reflects Beethoven's triumph over despair. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Biography of Clara Wieck Schumann

    6 pages in length. The author offers a detailed biography of the music virtuoso, her influential friends and the tragedies that struck again and again throughout her life. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • An Analysis of a Chamber Music Concert

    A 4 page research paper that offers a summation and analysis of a chamber music concert in which the program included Glick's Sonata for oboe and piano (1978); Martinu's quartet (1947); and Beethoven's "Archduke" trio (1811). Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Tony Awards Contest Between West Side Story and The Music Man

    This 9 page paper theorizes about the causes and factors which allowed The Music Man to garner Tony awards over West Side Story which was also produced during the same year. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • The Bible and Mel Gibson's Film The Passion of the Christ

    A 6 page paper which compares and contrasts Mel Gibson’s film “The Passion of Christ” with the Bible. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Mozart's Don Giovanni and Figaro

    A 7 page research paper/essay that examines Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) and Don Giovanni, which shows that these two operas are mirror images of Mozart's Enlightenment era philosophy on the struggle between the classes. The writer emphasizes how the plots of these operas demonstrate Enlightenment concepts (music is addressed in this regard, but not the focus of the paper). Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Dallas and Fort Worth's 4 Live Musical Performances

    This 6 page paper compares and contrasts four live music venues in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Analyzed for music, musicans, audience, atmosphere and overall impression. Bibliography lists 0 sources.

  • Evolution of Rap Music in France

    An 8 page research paper that discusses the evolution and status of rap music in France and compares this to rap music in the US. The writer particularly focuses on the reaction of the legal system in both countries to offensive rap lyrics. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Christian Worship Music and Theology

    A 4 page paper which examines the role of music in the theological history of Christian worship. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Backgrounds of Musical Composers Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, and Bela Bartok

    A 6 page research paper that explores the backgrounds of composers Igor Stravinsky, Bela Bartok, and Arnold Schoenberg, who were all contemporaries of each other; all highly influential to modern music in the first half of the twentieth century. This examination of their backgrounds demonstrates that they were also very different due to their life circumstances and varying backgrounds. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Musical Tonal Coloring or Timbre

    A 4 page research paper that examines timbre, which refers to the aspect of tonal color in music composition. The writer defines timbre and discusses its physical attributes, as well as how it is used in orchestration, focusing on Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Cold War Ideology and Music

    A 3 page research paper that examines the role of music in the Cold War. The writer argues that in order to win the ideological battle, both sides were determined to co-opt music for their own purposes. Examination of this period demonstrates that music was both affected by the Cold War and also that it affected the Cold War, as it was used to sway the public mindset toward specific ideologies. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Los Tigres del Norte

    A 6 page paper which looks at the musical group Los Tigres del Norte from San Jose, California. The paper examines the music as it relates to the culture of the group and San Jose, examining the group’s evolution and future. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • 1960s Music and Film Authenticity

    A 4 page paper which examines film and music from the 1960s discussing how it was used to present an image of authenticity. The paper primarily examines the film “Easy Rider” (1969) and the song “Blowin’ in the Wind” (1962) by Bob Dylan. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Children's Neurology and the Effects of Music

    A 10 page research paper that explores the impact of music on the neurology of children. The writer explores research that addresses benefits derived from music instruction and also the neurological impact of listening to music. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Music and Sex

    This 19 page paper begins with a general introduction of the use of sex in advertising, per se. The author then reports the way sex has been used in the music industry, including some of today's rappers moving into making porn movies. Britney Spears and others are used as examples of performers who began with an image of wholesomeness and transitioned into a very different image. Examples from Russia and Japan demonstrate that using sex to sell music is not and American phenomenon. Does sex really sell music? The jury is out. Consider the fact that while sales in the industry dropped by 3 percent in one year, sales in the Christian and gospel arena rose by over 13 percent in that same year. The author presents a discussion that includes comments from those who believe sex sells, e.g., even a classical label used sex to sell one artist's classical music, and those who believe it is not working at all. Bibliography lists 17 sources.

  • Resistance, Subculture, and Hip Hop

    A 4 page research paper on hip op. This examination of hip hop seeks to answer to basic questions on this music sub-genre. First of all, do the fans of hip hop constitute a subculture? Secondly, does this form of music in the early twenty-first century still offer modes of resistance to capitalism, such as those that have been identified in relation to punk? The following literature examination shows that the answer to both questions is definitely "yes, it does." Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Sixteenth Century Keyboard Instruments

    A 9 page research paper that discusses the manner in which the clavichord, harpsichord and organ were used in sixteenth century music. Typically, when one thinks of the history of keyboard music, the era recalled is the Baroque and the career of J.S. Bach. While the three most significant keyboard instruments of the Baroque era were the clavichord, harpsichord and organ, these instruments' origins considerably predate the age of Bach and were also very important to music during the sixteenth century. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Art Music Composers and Jazz's Influence

    A 7 page research paper that examines the influence of jazz on art music composers. This examination looks at how two art music composers were highly influenced by another musical traditional, which is generally considered to be outside of the realm of serious music--jazz. Examining certain works of Igor Stravinsky and the entire repertoire of George Gershwin shows that art music was enriched by this influx of "new blood" from the realm of popular music. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • The Case of Rap Music and Adorno's Mass Culture Theories

    This 5 page paper examines Adorno's theory of mass culture, with concepts such as the culture industry, standardization, pseudo individualization and the pacification of the masses with the creation of false needs leading to political apathy. This concept is applied to the development and presence of Rap music in modern society and argues that the theory is still valid, even where the music form is seen as differentiated. The bibliography cites 7 sources.

  • Romantic Musical Composer Robert Schumann

    A 5 page research paper that examines the music of Robert Schumann in regards to how it exemplifies the Romantic era. Music of the Romantic era differs sharply from that of the Classical period that proceeded it. While Classicism promoted reason and rationality, Romantic composers favored an emphasis on emotion. Musical philosopher Lewis Rowell offers an extensive list of Romantic features that collectively serve to define music from this era. Furthermore, Rowell offers an intriguing discussion of qualities in music that he refers to as "perception" and "values." Considering these points in relation to the work of nineteenth century composer Robert Schumann demonstrates that Schumann was a quintessential Roman composer. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Second Movement of Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto

    An 8 page essay that compares and contrasts two essays that evaluate the second movement from Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto. Owen Jander, in his essay, "Beethoven's 'Orpheus in Hades': The Andante con moto of the Fourth Piano Concerto," poses some premises that suggest interesting questions for musical interpretation. Specifically, Jander's observations cause the reader to ponder the significance of the composer's intentions to listener appreciation. Theorist Edward Cone challenges Jander's interpretation. The following examination of Jander's essay looks at both arguments and also offers personal assessment of this form of interpretation. No additional sources cited.

  • Production of 'Aida' by Giuseppe Verdi and Reaction to It

    A 5 page essay that discusses the writer's reaction to a production of Verdi's Aida. The impact of the set decoration, the pageantry and the drama of the narrative are discussed as well as the music. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Mariah Carey's Life and Musical Career

    A 7 page biographical paper which the diva’s popularity, continued success, and her influence on popular music. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • George Harrison's Life and Music

    An 8 page paper which examines George Harrison’s influential career as a musician, both as a member of The Beatles and as a solo artist and songwriter. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Drama and Religious Education

    An 8 page research paper that examines religious education as taught through children writing and producing their own plays. Today, religious educators face a formidable task, as it is their goal to present the Bible and its stories in a way that is not only memorable to children, but also meaningful. This description relates a method for accomplishing this task that utilizes the dramatic arts. Specifically, children were instructed within the context of a religious education class on how to write, produce and star in their own play productions. Analysis of this method shows it to be effective and innovative in regards to teaching children biblical truths. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Music Industry Survival and Development

    This 21 page paper provides an abstract, a table of contents and then a look at the history of the music industry and where it is headed. Sections include ideas about the specifics of the music business, inclusive of legal issues. Genres as well as the changes in popularity from decade to decade are issues discussed in this paper that also looks at the social problems caused by music. Violence, sex and other problematic aspects are part of the analysis. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Modern Music Industry and Subcultures

    This 8 page paper examines the music industry and how it has spawned various subcultures. Hip hop is the focus of the paper but other genres are explored. Marilyn Manson, Ozzy Osbourne and Connor Oberst and others, who seem to have made an impression on society, are each discussed. The music subcultures are analyzed. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Empire Records Cinematic Analysis

    A 3 page paper which analyzes the picture, and in particular, how the music fuels the plot, characterizations, and the audience reaction. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Downloading Music Legally

    A 3 page paper which examines the controversy surrounding downloading music from the Internet, discusses recent court rulings and mandates, and considers how the music industry will benefit from legally downloaded music. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • War Requiem by Jarman

    A 3 page research paper that discusses British director Derek's Jarman's War Requiem. The score of the film consists of Benjamin Britten's major sacred work of the same name. In 1961, Britten composed his War Requiem, which utilized the bitter anti-war poems of Wilfred Owen, alongside the "timeless and universal Latin text of the Mass for the Dead" (Headington 123). In War Requiem, Jarman does not merely interpret the music or Owen's poetry, but rather offers a fusion of the arts that integrates all the elements-- film, music and poetry. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Female Psychology in the Plays of Tirso de Molina

    A 14 page research paper that focuses on female characterization in the plays of Tirso de Molina (1572-1648), a playwright during the Golden Age of Spanish theatre. Examination of a variety of Tirso's plays demonstrates that--in regards to his portrayal of female characters--he was limited by the cultural standards in which he lived. In other words, women in Tirso's plays are largely relegated to subsidiary roles, which substantiate the prominence and importance of men as the pivotal focus around which everything in Spanish society revolved. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Southern Florida and Jazz Music

    A 3 page paper which examines the popularity of Jazz music in Southern Florida. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Music School Application Letter Sample

    A 3 page example letter from a student applying for admission to a music school. The writer emphasizes the benefits to be gained from musical education. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Criss Cross Album of Jazz Legend Thelonious Monk

    A 4 page music review of the new release of Monk's Criss-Cross album for Columbia, originally released in 1963. The writer discusses Monk's style and eccentric behavior, as well as the genius of his music and the selections on this album. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Medieval Drama and Its Messages

    A 14 page paper discussing the means that medieval guilds used to promote political and religious ideology using plays as the medium. There was only a single church, and it sought to provide plays to act out important events described in the Bible. Plays grew in scope and size and were obliged to move outdoors where laymen took over the production duties, those laymen generally were members of the various guilds operational in local areas. Guilds were dedicated to business among the merchants and high quality among the craftsmen, and their leaders came to be highly involved in local politics. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Andre Young and 'Dr. Dre's' Musical Success

    This 3 page paper provides biographical information about André Young and traces his successful path in the music industry. Why he is different and why he is successful is the focus of this paper. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Comparative Analysis of Music in the Czech Republic and the US

    A 5 page paper which compares and contrast the music in the United States with the music in the Czech republic during the 18th century, a time often associated with the Classical Era of music. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Social Change and Rock Music

    A 3 page paper discussing the paradox of popular music's ability to shape the culture that creates it, focusing on the 1960s and 1970s. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Music Addressing Racial Prejudice and its Political Implications

    This 7 page paper examines the implications of using music to "discuss" racial discrimination, with particular emphasis on the Billie Holiday song "Strange Fruit." Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Overview of Ethnomusicology

    This 4 page paper looks at what is meant by the term ethnomusicology and how it is studied along with the way it has developed. The paper then looks at the difficulties and challenges that might exist for a western student studying the music of the Tibetan monks, using an interpreter. The bibliography cites 5 sources.

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'The Music of the Night' from Phantom of the Opera

    A 4 page research paper that analyzes "The Music of the Night" from Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera. The writer relates the lyrics and structure of the song to the manner in which Webber uses it to underscore the characterization, set the mood and subtly propel the plot. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Complexities of Ethnomusicology

    An 11 page discussion of the complexities of ethnomusicology. This paper defines the term and provides insight into how it provides insight on a culture's lifeways and origins. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Musical Representations of Various Eras

    A 6 page research paper that consists of 2 separate 3-page papers. The first paper discusses how Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom fits within the context of the history of Broadway music. Bibliography lists 3 sources. The second 3-page investigation briefly looks at 3 different works and relates them to the era's in which they were composed and how the composer expressed emotion. These are Beethoven's Fifth Symphony (classical); Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet (romantic) and Schoenberg's Five pieces for Orchestra (contemporary). Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Debussy and Chopin

    A 5 page research paper that compares and contrasts the Romantic era with the Impressionist, but focuses primarily on contrasting Chopin with Debussy. The Romantic and Impressionist eras in music history are quite different in their repertoires. However, an examination of the music of Impressionism, and specifically, a comparison between the piano styles of Chopin and Debussy, illustrates the connections between the Romantics and the Impressionists and shows that there were features of Romanticism that the Impressionists adopted and then emphasized rather than abandoned. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • John Philip Sousa, Jean Sibelius, and Nationalistic Music

    A 4 page research paper that discusses nationalistic music and specifically Sibelius and Sousa. In expressing his own personal view of life, the artist necessarily also expresses the "hopes and dreams" of a cultural heritage. In the nineteenth century, political conditions encouraged the growth of nationalism and this occurred to such a degree that it became a driving force within the context of the Romantic movement in music history. National tensions, "the pride of conquering nations" set against the "struggle for freedom" of the subjected countries, game rise to emotions that their most perfect expression in music. Two composers that are associated with nationalism are Jean Sibelius, who personifies his homeland of Finland, and John Philip Sousa, whose rousing marches personify American nationalism. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • African American Hip Hop and its Influence

    A 6 page paper which examines how African American hip hop music has influenced today’s youth culture. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Trumpet Music and 20th Century Composer Karl King

    A 3 page research paper/essay that analyzes 2 composition by turn-of-the twentieth century composer Karl L. King (1891-1971), an American composer famous for his march music (Karl King). A self-taught musician, King began his career playing in and directing circus bands (Karl King). During this long career, he wrote and published more than 300 works, which includes 188 marches. A contemporary of the "March King," John Philip Sousa, it should be noted that King out-wrote Sousa by over 50 marches (Karl King). Some scholars have argued that it was the superb musicality of King's compositions that limited his success compared to Sousa (Karl King). This examination of his compositions, A Trumpeter's Prayer contrasted against Emblem of Freedom, indicates the scope of his considerable musical talent as these are two very different compositions. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • The Relationship Between Music and Magic

    This 5 page paper traces a brief history of magic, and some of the music magicians use in their acts. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Homosexuality and Family Acceptance

    A 6 page essay/research paper that looks at Gloria Feliciano's play "Between Blessings," which is a poignant account of a twenty-eight year old Puerto Rican son, Diego, finally telling his proud, macho, traditionalist father that he is gay. In this work, Feliciano's use of language and dramatic devices serves to expand the scope of the play beyond the immediate domestic situation between father and son and, in so doing, brings up issues of culture and religiosity, specifically the stand of the Roman Catholic Church on homosexuality. This factor of the play is achieved by framing the confrontation between Diego and his father within scenes that feature a family friend, Father David, a priest who is also homosexual. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • 'Praxial Music Education' According to David Elliott

    This 7 page paper discusses David Elliott's concept of musicianship, which he calls "praxial music education." Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Korea and Jazz Music

    This 7 page paper discusses jazz in Korea in general; how paraxial music education could be used to develop school curricula; and how it impacts jazz itself. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Poetry, Art, and Music Creativity

    A 9 page research paper that investigates the topic of artistic creativity. The standard cultural myth about creativity is that "Only artists have creativity and creativity is rare" (Epstein, 1996, p. 41). Creativity is part of human existence. Rather than being rare, creativity seems innate to human experience as every human culture, throughout history, has devised its own art, music and storytelling traditions, either oral or written. Empirical research verifies what insightful people appear to have realized throughout the ages, which is that creativity is the result of education and work, learning and building on the creations of others, and then filtering that knowledge through the prism of personal experience and individuality. In short, this discussion proposes that creativity is a distinct cognitive process that is common to all endeavors, which includes music, art and poetry. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • The Jazz Music of the Alex Blake Quartet

    A 4 page research paper that describes the music of the Alex Blake Quartet, which specializes in jazz. The writer first discusses what makes jazz popular music, then discusses Alex Blake's biography and concludes with a brief analysis of one of his songs. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • 2 Very Different Popular Songs

    A 4 page research paper that discusses 2 different popular songs. The term "popular music" encompasses a huge range of music, written for a variety of purposes for use by a broad range of performers and intended for an equally varied audience. At what might possibly be considered as opposed ends of the popular music spectrum are Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff," which incorporates Caribbean rhythms into a song that expresses the frustration of marginalized people against the often arbitrary power of authority, and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! from their 1943 musical. One song is an underground protest against authority; the other is a song meant to celebrate the mythos of mainstream culture. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture

    A 4 page research paper/essay that discusses the various parts of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. The writer describes each section, its music and its symbolism. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Golden Mean, Irrational Numbers & Fibonacci Series

    A 3 page research paper that discusses the interrelated nature of the Golden Mean, irrational numbers and Fibonacci series numbers. The writer defines these concepts and then discusses them in regards to music. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • History of the Guitar

    In ten pages this paper offers a history of the guitar and how it has changed the face of music from classic to modern times. Five sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Violent Song Lyrics/Teen Aggression

    A 10 page research that investigates the effect of violent music lyrics on aggressive behavior in young people. This examination shows that research has confirmed the detrimental emotional and psychological effects that this type of music has on young people. However, besides examining the surface "symptom" of this music's popularity, this discussion will also examine commentary on possible reasons for why this dark music is embraced by so many young people. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Impressionism/Music & Art

    A 5 page research paper that discusses the relationship between impressionist music and painting. Art and music have always developed in parallel with one another throughout the course of history (Impressionism). The impressionism of the late nineteenth century, which originated in France, exemplifies this principle as impressionist music and art are closely related. This examination of impressionism in music demonstrates the close relationship that the development of this genre of music history had with painting of the same era. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Non-Western & Western Music

    A 3 page research paper that contrasts and compares Western and non-Western music. The writer also discusses how music preserves cultural identity and how it cross-pollinates to produce new genres. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • The 24th Annual Arkansas Bean Fest and Annual Outhouse Races

    This 4 page paper discusses some of the music played at the Arkansas Bean Feast and Outhouse Race. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Evolution Of Gospel Music In America

    A 7 page paper that presents the history and evolution of gospel music beginning with music created by slaves. The name of this music also changed from anthem to spiritual to gospel over the years. The essay comments on the separation of white gospel music and black gospel music and identifies some of the pioneers in this field as well as more contemporary performers as gospel transitioned to mainstream. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Jimi Hendrix, the Counter Music Revolution, and the 1960s

    In thirteen pages this paper examines the impact of Jimi Hendrix and the counter music revolution on the American culture of the 1960s. Twelve sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Mainstream Society, Underground Music, and African American Culture

    In five pages this paper examines the concept of underground music as it relates to African American culture and urban history with go-go music and soul among the topics of discussion. Four sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Similarities between Classical and Popular Music

    This 12 page paper discusses the similarities between classical and popular music, and argues that in effect, there are very few. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Anthropology of Rock Music

    This 3 page paper examines rock music in terms of effects on culture as well as its alliance with different cultures. Many examples are provided. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • The Music Industry

    This 6 page paper looks at the industry and the changes it has gone through. The Internet is noted as something that has altered it to some extent. Economic factors are considered. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Calypso

    This 5 page paper examines the social and cultural development and context of calypso music from the slave trade to the 20th century, as well as the style of the music. The paper traces the development and the evolution of the style, looks at the content the motivations of the musicians and then considers the patterns seen within the music. The bibliography cites 4 sources.

  • John Cage/His Impact on Music

    An 11 page research paper that discusses the career and contributions of composer John Cage, whose impact on electronic and experimental music has been substantial. Particularly during the 1940s, his experimental works pointed contemporary art music in new directions, while also exerting a significant influence on a variety of "avant-garde composers," both in the US and abroad (Machlis 632). Examination of Cage's music shows a consistent move toward more extreme experimentation, while also developing his own musical style and vocabulary. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Scott Joplin & George Gershwin

    A 5 page research paper that contrasts and compares composers Scott Joplin (1867-1917) and George Gershwin (1898-1937), who were born a generation apart, but their music is intimately connected, in that jazz arose out of the legacy of ragtime, which was highly influenced by Joplin and jazz was the natural medium for the music of Gershwin. The two composers also bear other similarities. Each man had ambitions of writing art music, that is, music that would be taken seriously by music critics. Both Joplin and Gershwin enjoyed fame within their lifetimes, and their music has proven to be highly influential on subsequent composers. However, both men had difficulty having their classical works receive the due notice that these works deserved because of their association with the realm of popular music. However, ironically, both men are remembered today for the ways in which they advanced the art of popular music, taking it into new realms. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Comparing 3 paintings & painting/music

    A 6 page essay that discusses three paintings and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. “The Abduction of the Sabine Women” by Nicolas Poussin (1634), “The Death of General Wolfe” by Benjamin West (1770), and “The Raft of the Medusa” by Theodore Gericault” (1818) are each representative of a specific period in art history. Comparing the three works illustrates the way in which the Romantic era reconnected with the emotionality and vibrancy of the Baroque. However, it should be noted that Neoclassical works were not without emotion, as Beethoven’s striking Fifth Symphony exemplifies, rather it indicates that comparison between the periods illustrates that in the Neoclassical era, emotion was controlled within the confines of rationality. A bibliography is not offered.

  • Medieval Christianity: Music and Sculptures

    A 6 page paper which examines how the Medieval philosophy of Christianity influenced music and sculpture of the time period. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • The Recording Ban and Other Issues in Music History

    This 3 page paper examines the 1942 ban and other issues that plague the industry. Problems concerning radio stations and recording companies are explored. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Traditional Music in Pakistan

    A 3 page overview of traditional Pakistani music. This article provides a brief glimpse of the diversity of this music. Bibliography lists 3 sources.


    This 5-page paper focuses on various methods by which a teen consumer can download music for free. The paper focuses on pros and cons of this. Bibliography lists 3 sources.


    This 7-page paper points out "gangsta" rap as a form of music that provides more than demaning lyrics and images. It shows how it can switch behaviors among adolescents, particularly African-American females. The paper also examines non-gangsta rappers who are trying different forms of music. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony/An Analysis

    A 4 pages research paper that offers a detailed, analytical description of the four movements of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, which is drawn from Joseph Machlis’s text The Enjoyment of Music. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Beethoven, Life, Music and Romanticism

    A 5 page research paper that outlines the life and music of Beethoven in the first four pages and then focuses on Beethoven’s contribution to Romanticism. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Herbie Hancock

    A 5 page research paper that offers a discussion of the career and music of Herbie Hancock, the jazz pianist and composer. The writer discusses his influences and music. Bibliography lists 4 source.

  • Brazilian Samba Music

    A 3 page essay on Brazilian Samba. The writer describes the music, concentrating on its evolution and history. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Monteverdi, Handel and Baroque Opera

    A 5 page research paper that contrasts and compares the music of Monteverdi and Handel and their innovations with the context of Baroque music, with a particular focus on opera. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • The Dissemination and Marketing of Music from Tin Pan Alley to the Modern Day

    This 8 page paper looks at the way music has been distributed and marketed from the latter part of the nineteenth century and the role of Tin Pan Alley up until the model day of the internet and the iPod. Included in the paper is consideration of the impact of technology including records, cassette tapes, CD's and MP3 files as well as the role of the media. The bibliography cites 4 sources.

  • Sexuality and Gender in David Henry Hwang’s Madame Butterfly

    In seven pages this paper analyzes Hwang’s 1988 play by examining how social constructivism contributes to attitudes about sexuality and gender as represented by the relationship between French diplomat Rene Gallimard and cross-dressing Chinese opera star Song Liling. Three sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Burning CDs/Ethical Issues

    A 3 page research paper/essay that analyzes the ethical issues involved in downloading music illegally from the Internet or burning an illegal copy of a CD obtained from a friend. Utilitarian and deontological positions are discussed. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Music as a Reflection of Society

    This 6 page paper takes a look at the history of music from the 1960s through the present day. The paper argues that popular music reflects society. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Jazz as Modernism

    A 5 page research paper that offers a discussion that, first of all, examines the philosophy of art that characterizes the modern period and, then, demonstrates how jazz, specifically the music of Jelly Roll Morton and his "King Porter Stomp," embodies this aesthetic. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Lerner and Lowe's Brigadoon

    A 3 page essay that offers suggestions to a student on how to analyze a video of this production, in regards to the music. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Music History, Classical Era to the 20th Century

    A 4 page essay that offers a concise summation of music history from the classical period in the eighteenth century through the twentieth century. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Sonata Form, Haydn and Mozart

    A 6 page research paper that, first of all, discusses what is meant by "sonata" and "sonata form," illustrating why the sonata form is considered synonymous with classical music. Then the writer addresses this topic in reference to the music of Haydn and Mozart. Bibliography lists 4 sources.


    This 3-page paper discusses how music impacts American culture. The two examples used are hip-hop/rap and disco. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Structure in Music

    A 3 page research paper that addresses the topic of structure in music. The writer, first of all, describes what is meant by structure in music and then discusses whether or not all music has structure, which the writer argues in the affirmative, even in regards to the music of atonal and abstract modern composer John Cage. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Digital Music - Blog Entries

    This 8 page paper looks at different aspects of digital music. Written in the style of blog entries the development of digital music formats, the influence of iTunes on the industry, piracy and measures to prevent piracy, music and cellular telephones and the opportunities offered to unsigned bands. The bibliography cites 10 sources.

  • African American Music

    A 3 page paper which examines aspects concerning the influence and evolution of African American music. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Funk Music

    This 10 page paper discusses various aspects of funk music. Bibliography lists 5 sources

  • Ragtime Music as a Societal Phenomenon

    In five pages this paper examines the societal phenomenon of ragtime music in an analysis of why this genre became so popular. Five sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Music and Society

    A 5 page paper which examines how music affects society. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Themes in the Gothic

    This 3 page paper discusses the Gothic ideas that are common in architecture, music and art. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Beat Goes on for Cuba's Rhythmic Culture of Music

    In three pages this paper presents an overview of Cuba’s musical culture, and considers its transmission to the United States, and examines how the musical culture has been transformed. Six sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • A Look at Notre Dame Organum

    This 3 page paper examines this type of music. Historical information is relayed. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • The Internet as Distribution Medium for Music

    This 3 page paper is written in two parts. The first part looks at the supply and value chain comparing the internet and the bricks and mortar distribution medium. The second compares the costs associated with each medium. The bibliography cites 3 sources.

  • 40 Year Old Virgin

    A 5 page paper which examines the role, and realism, of sexuality in the film The 40 Year Old Virgin. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Was the Introduction of the Digital Economy Act 2010 Wise Legislation?

    This 9 page paper examines the UK's Digital Economy Act, which came into force in June 2010, looking at the reason for the introduction of the legislation, or text achieve as well as examining the reasons driving those who are in favor and those who oppose the legislation with particular attention paid to the music industry. The bibliography cites 12 sources.

  • "Sometimes in April" - The Value of Narrative Nuance

    This is a 4 page paper that provides an overview of the film "Sometimes in April". The paper explores the use of character, music, and setting in conveying a theme. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Paul Taylor - Interpreting Works of Modern Dance

    This is a 3 page paper that provides an overview of the works of Paul Taylor. His works "Esplanade" and "Black Tuesday" are analyzed to show how the choreography of dance can convey a theme, in conjunction with music. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Music During the Romantic Era

    A 4 page research paper that discusses the nature of music composition during the Romantic era, focusing on individualism, nationalism and program music. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Moulin Rouge (2001) and Setting a Cinematic Mood

    In three pages this paper examines how director Baz Luhrmann uses cinematic elements to create the mood of his 2001 film, and considers atmosphere (mood), décor/clothing, setting (geographical, historical, and social milieu) and music. Two sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Southern and South African: Power of Christian Music

    A 12 page research paper that offers an overview of the influence and history of Southern Christian music in the US, and its role in the Civil Rights Movement, and the influence and history of Christian Music in South African, looking at its role in the anti-apartheid movement. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Comparative Musicology, An Overview

    This; 6 page research paper offers reflection and an overview of the evolution of the field of musicology as it moved from the perspectives of comparative musicology to ethnomusicology. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Music as Symbolic Behavior/Alan P. Merriam

    This 6 page paper summarizes than analyzes chapter 12, "Music as Symbolic Behavior," in The Anthropology of Music by ethnomusicologist Alan P. Merriam. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Issues in Ethnomusicology, Agawu and McClary

    This 6 page essay summarizes and analyzes two articles in ethnomusicology: Kofi Agawu:'s "Representing African Music" and Susan McClary's "Reshaping A Discipline." Only these 2 sources are cited.

  • Indian and Sikh Music

    A 20 page research paper that reports on the features of Indian music, with a particular focus on Sikh music. The writer describes, melody, harmony, tempo, rhythm and its use in regards to Sikh religious services. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Music Element Analysis of Aaron Copland’s Ballet Billy the Kid

    In four pages this paper presents a brief biographical consideration of Aaron Copland’s life and compositional contributions and then concentrates on an analysis of the music elements (such as melody, rhythm, meter, and texture) of his 1938 ballet, Billy the Kid. Four sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • The Music of Mozart

    A 19 page research paper that offers analysis of Mozart’s Piano Sonata in A Minor (K.310) and his Sonata in D Major (K.311). This paper is a longer version of khmozson.rtf, as it has 5 added pages that discuss Mozart’s life and music in more detail, drawing on Joseph Machlis’ text The Enjoyment of Music. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Music of Mississippi John Hurt

    A 5 page research paper that describes the life and music of Mississippi John Hurt, an African American blues musician. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Music Licensing and Creative Commons

    In four pages this paper examines music licensing and copyright issues in a discussion of the Creative Commons nonprofit organization that offers various licensing methods for holders of music copyrights. An analysis of various licenses and their implementation impacts are also presented. Two sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Edgard Varese

    Despite living and working in the first half of the 20th century it may be argued that Edgard Varese, a composer born in France in 1883 is a significant founder of electronic music. This 9 page paper looks at his work and contributions to this genre of music. The bibliography cites 7 sources.

  • Stand By Me as a Model of Male Friendship

    This 4 page paper explores the psychology of male friendships and how they are formed using the film “Stand by Me” as an example of such relationships. Bibliography lists 5 sources.


    This 3-page paper examines the ethics of downloading music from a peer-to-peer arrangement, similar to Napster. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Eminem's Music

    A 5 page research paper/essay that discusses and analyzes the music of rap star Eminem. Marshall Mathers, who is known by his stage name of "Eminem," is one of the world's most famous rap artists (Eby 289). Even his critics acknowledge that he is highly creative, a "musical and lyrical genius" (Eby 289). However, while this is true, Eminem's music is also highly controversial due to the various themes embodied in his songs, as they "pulsate with vulgarity, adolescent sexuality, hatred, misogyny and violence" (Eby 289). This examination of Eminem's music will consider its possible effect on listeners, as well as the possible reasons for his popularity with teens and the antagonism of mainstream critics. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Creativity is Stifled by the Music Curriculum

    This 7 page paper discusses creativity, and why the usual school curriculum stifles it. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • The Recorded Music Industry In The UK

    This 5 page paper looks at the recorded music industry in the UK. The sales for 2007 are given with the break down between physical sales, digital sales and performing rights, the way in which royalties are paid to songwriters/composers and performers is discussed, and a 2008 Top 10 Pop Chart is provided. The bibliography cites 4 sources.

  • John Cage, “Winter Music” (1957)

    A 7 page research paper that profiles the music and technique of John Cage, focusing on his work “Winter Music.” Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Falasha Liturgy and Indian Cassette Industry, Reflection on these Issues

    A 6 page essay that summarizes and reflects on the 1980 article "''Historical Ethnomusicology': Reconstructing Falasha Liturgical History" by Kay Kaufman Shelemay and Peter Manuel's 1991 article "The Cassette Industry and Popular Music in North India." No additional sources are cited.

  • Listening to Music in an Active Fashion

    This is a 3 page paper that provides an overview of listening to music. Techniques for actively listening to and interpreting music are explored. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • A Short History of Reggae Music

    This 3 page paper looks at the history and the meaning of Reggae. The paper includes many facts. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Movie Music Analysis

    A 4 page research paper that discusses and analyzes the effects of music in three films: Psycho, Jurassic Park and the Harry Potter movies. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Scott Joplin/Maple Leaf Rag

    A 4 page research paper/analysis that offers a biography of Scott Joplin's life and the influence of his music, which is followed by an analysis of his most famous composition "The Maple Leaf Rag. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Mariachi Music of Mexico

    5 pages in length. Mariachi music is as much of Mexican heritage as is the overall cultural mystique that surrounds its haunting melodies. The various sones typically associated with this particular type of music is what separates – sometimes almost indistinguishably – the unique musical attributes that each son projects. Realizing the subtle differences between such sones as huasteco, jalisciense and jarocho provides the student with a significantly better understanding with regard to the history of Mexican music. No bibliography.

  • Uses of Digital Audio Technology

    A 4 page paper current use of digital audio technology, particularly as it applies to the creation of current popular music. Digital audio technology allows the electronic creation of any number of combinations of people or effects, without the need for having all contributors present at the same place or at the same time. In some respects, the artistic influence in much of today’s popular music can be seen to lie more with mixing technicians than with performers. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Eminem and Elvis Compared

    This 8 page paper examines the similarities and differences between these two musicians and uses specific songs from each artist as examples. This paper details their music in terms of lyrics, the technical aspects of the music, their cultural impact, and more. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • National Identity and Ethnic Music

    A 6 page research paper that explores the use of ethnic music by political ideologies in the construction of national identities. The writer also discusses the use of ethnic music to preserve the cultural identity of an ethnic minority within a larger diverse society. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • The Brief Life of Actress and Singer Aaliyah

    This 2.5-page paper examines the brief life of singer/actress Aaliyah Houghton, her contribution to the music industry and why she was able to connect with her fans, although she died young. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Impressionism/Music & Art

    An 11 page research paper that is an expansion on a previous essay khimmuar.rtf. This essay discusses how impressionist painting is related to impressionist music in more detail and draws more heavily on the sources cited in the previous paper. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Leisure Music

    This 7-page paper focuses on house/dance music, its history, its current status, some information about demographics, and its evolution. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Women and the Impact of the Media

    This 8 page thesis paper looks at various forms of media including print advertising, commercials, television programming, films, music videos and more to discuss how media's images affect women's self-esteem. While part of the effects of media are blatant in terms of images presented, others are less obvious such as the subservient or otherwise stereotypical roles women play. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Handel, Back, Monteverdi and Josquin

    A 5 page research paper that, first of all, compares the music of Josquin des Prez and Claudio Monteverdi, and then looks at the careers of later Baroque artists, Bach and Handel. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Giuseppe Verdi and His Life's Influence on His Music

    A 7 page research paper that explores the life and music of Giuseppe Verdi, the renown Italian opera composer. Verdi lost his wife and 2 children within 2 years of each other. The writer argue that Verdi never got over the loss and that this highly influenced his work, particularly the operas that feature father/daughter duets. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Latino Music Genre Known as Salsa

    A 5 page research paper that demonstrates the evolution of this genre and the tremendous impact that this musical expression has had not only on Latino music, but on practically every other musical genre. This "spicy" expression of the Latino zest for living has won adherents worldwide and continues to expand rapidly in popularity. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Syncretic Music

    A 3 page research paper that discusses the definition of “syncretic music” and then offers examples, first drawing on Malaysian music and then relating this genre to music to American popular music. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Society, Communication, and Music

    An 18 page research paper that argues that studying music provides a great deal of information not only about how human beings communicate, but also how musical communication works within the context of societal frameworks. The writer examines research on musical cognition, such as the Mozart Effect, how music is used to enhance communication with autistic children, and in regards to ethnomusicology. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • An Examination of Baroque Musical Forms

    This is a 4 page paper that provides an overview of Baroque musical forms. Forms such as the madrigal, motet, and concerto grosso are examined. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • 'The Old Guard' versus 1920 Avant Garde Music

    A 10 page paper which examines how the music of the European and American avant-garde illustrated the rebellions they and their supporters wished to stage against the ‘old guard.’ Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Necessity of Music Education

    A 6 page research paper that discusses the advantages offered to students by music education. Research shows that music should be regarded as a crucial component in childhood development that promotes discipline, self-esteem and responsibility. Examination of the importance of music education shows that it should be a part of every school curriculum as it is through music that society has the hope of producing a happy, mentally-healthy, productive citizenry. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • A Comparison between a Classical and a Romantic Symphony

    This 4 page paper contrasts and compares the Fifth Symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), as an example of the music of the Classical era, to the Third Symphony of Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), as an example of Romantic music. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Musical Instruments and Acoustics

    An 11 page research paper that, first of all, considers the various forms of excitation employed by musical instruments. String, woodwinds, brass, and percussion instruments are discussed. The second half of this paper focuses on the piano: how the strings are excited, how the acoustics of the piano differ from the classical model, etc. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Music As Sedation for Children

    A 3 page research paper that summarizes the effect of music in a study conducted by Loewy, et al (2006), which utilized a sample group of 60 pediatric patients who ranged in age from 1 month through 5 years in order to compare the effects of chloral hydrate to music therapy in regards to sedating children while they underwent EEG testing. This study showed music therapy to be a safer and more efficient means of sedation for young children undergoing diagnostic testing. No additional sources cited.

  • Overview of Music Videos

    This 6 page paper explores some of the issues surrounding this popular entertainment form. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Reflecting on Two Ethnomusicology Articles

    This 6 page essay reflects on, summarizes and analyzes two articles in ethnomusicology. The first is "Drum-Making Among the Bala (Basongye)," by Alan P. Merriam and the second is "The Challenge of 'Bi-Musicality" by Mantle Hood. Only these sources are cited.

  • Designing Research; Why Do Music Users Download from Illegal Sources?

    This 10 page paper shows how research can be designed. Using the example of a music company that wants find out what music users download tracks illegally so they can devise a marketing strategy to encourage legal downloads. The paper identifies the potential sample, considers what data should be collected and how the sample may be most effectively approached and how the information should be collected and presents an outline for a questionnaire. The bibliography cites 5 sources.

  • Singer and Songwriter Ani DiFranco

    A 7 page research paper that discusses the career and talent of singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco. The writer argues that Ani DiFranco is not quite like anyone else in the highly commercialized music business, as she is an artist of extraordinary talent who also produces her own music. This gives DiFranco a degree of freedom enjoyed by few artists and allows her to keep making the intimate connections with her fans that make her music so important to her young cohort. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Classical versus Romantic Music and Meaning

    A 6 page research paper that contrasts and compares the music of the classic and romantic periods. The writer discusses how the boundaries of these eras are imprecise, but also outlines the general characteristics of each era and how they are differentiated, concentrating on the music of Haydn, Beethoven and Wagner. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Mass Messa di Gloria by Puccini

    An 11 page research paper that examines in detail one of Puccini's first compositions, the Mass Messa di Gloria. The writer discusses Puccini's biographical background and how this relates to the work profiled. While Puccini is best known for his operas, his heritage, as a member of the Puccini family, was in religious music. Therefore, it can be seen that it is logical that one of his first serious compositions was the Mass that is known as Messa di Gloria. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Music of Guide D’Arezzo

    A 3 page research paper that discusses the biography and contribution to music of Guido D’Arezzo, the monk who invented present-day musical notation. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Musical Offering to Frederick the Great by Johann Sebastian Bach

    An 8 page research paper that analyzes the two ricercars that are part of Bach's "Musical Offering" to Frederick the Great. A form of fugue, the writer offers a detailed musical comparison of the two. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Bach and Handel, Their Musical Languages

    A 6 page research paper that contrasts and compares these 2 great composers. It is interesting that George Fredric Handel and Johann Sebastian Bach were both born in the same year, 1685, but their musical languages are very different. As Joseph Machlis points out, "If Bach represents the subjective mysticism of the late Baroque, Handel incarnates its worldly pomp," which is a fact that is primarily due to the fact that Handel's "natural habitat was the opera house" (Machlis 303). The following examination of the music of Bach and Handel offers a general overview of each composers' musical language, putting their music within the context of their lifetime, while focusing on the contributions of each composer to the music of their era. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Music Industry Changes Resulting from Digital and Analog Music

    An 8 page paper which examines how analog and digital music has both changed the music industry as well as how music is made. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • The Financing of Opera in London in the 1730’s

    This 7 page paper looks at the financing of opera in London during the early 18th century and whether or not opera was self financing. The way opera was financed is discussed, focusing on Heidegger and Handel and the second Royal Academy of Music, but also discussing the Opera of the Nobility and fringe opera. The paper also considers the way in which profits would have been distributed and performers paid. The bibliography cites four sources.

  • India, Africa, and the Effects of European Music

    A 5 page research paper that examines the impact of European musical traditions on Indian and African music. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Analyzing Milos Forman's Film Amadeus

    A 5 page paper which examines how the director uses Mozart and Salieri’s music as an additional protagonist, the film’s driving conflict, discusses the acting, directing, set design, and costumes as they contribute to the overall quality and also considers if there are any weaknesses in the production. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Confucianism and 'Peony Pavilion'

    A 4 page research paper that analyzes the 400 year-old Chinese opera, The Peony Pavilion, in regards to how it reflects Confucianism. Also the writer discusses the music and style of this work. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Franz Liszt/The Romantic Concerto

    A 4 page research paper on Liszt. Born October 22, 1811 to an Austrian mother and a Hungarian father in the village of Raiding, Franz Liszt was consistent throughout his lifetime in laying claim to his Hungarian heritage and as Hungarian (Walker 48). However, the primary way in which to view the life and music of Liszt is not as a Hungarian, although much of his music draws on that heritage, but rather to view Liszt as a Romantic. This brief discussion of Liszt focuses on Liszt within the overall context of the Romantic Period, as exemplified by the Romantic concerto. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Lanza/Elevator Music

    A 5 page book review on Joseph Lanza's history of Muzak and easy listening mood music. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Life and Music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    A 5 page research paper that offers a comprehensive look at Mozart's life, his educational background, parental influence, etc., as well as his career, its focus and his considerable talent. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Music of Composer Ruth Crawford Seeger

    A 4 page research paper that examines the music of American composer Ruth Crawford Seeger. The writer discusses this composer's influence and focuses on the technical details of her use of harmony. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • An Analysis of the Film, Training Day

    A 4 page paper which examines how such techniques as time compression, setting, cinematography, arrangement of people, and music enhance the film’s dramatic appeal. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Distinguishing Between Musical Genres - Messiah, Dies Irae, and Sicut Cervus

    This is a 3 page paper that provides an overview of musical genres. Various baroque and Gregorian works are compared. Bibliography lists 0 sources.

  • Music of Ireland and the Chieftains

    A 15 page research paper that examines the career and music of the Irish traditional music group, the Chieftains. In connection with this, the writer also explores the characteristics, dance features, and instruments of traditional Irish music, analyzes some of the Chieftain hits and discusses the future of Irish music. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • World Music of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

    This paper supports the thesis that with infiltrations of Western missionaries into various parts of the world during the 19th and 20th centuries, the world's music has become homogenized. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Listening to Music

    This 3 page paper describes five pieces of music, including those from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Music Licensing and Technology

    This 7 page paper provides an overview of the use of technology and the problem of music licensing. This paper considers the reasons why music licensing has come up as a major issue in the midst of significant changes in technological access. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Dr. Dre and Hip Hop Culture

    A 3 page research paper that discusses the music and career of hip hop artist, Dr. Dre. The writer also discusses his influence on hip hop culture. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Dvorak and Brahms' Piano Quintets

    An 8 page research paper that examines Brahms' Piano Quintet in F minor (Opus 34) and Dvorak's Piano Quintet in A major (Opus 81), which are two exemplary examples of chamber music, in which listeners hear a classical musical form interpreted along romantic lines. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Punk Rock and Heavy Metal Music

    This 3 page paper provides an overview of rock music from the 1970s through today. Punk and metal are compared and contrasted. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Trinidad and Tobago and Chutney Music

    This 5 page paper examines the Chutney music that is popular in Trinidad and Tobago. Local customs in respect to this music are noted. The popularity of the genre is discussed. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Censoring Rap Music Because Freedom of Speech Has Gone Too Far

    In five pages this paper examines why this musical genre should be banned in an assessment of pros and cons and also discusses whether or not such censorship is detrimental to society. Eight sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Die Walkure and Richard Wagner's Influences

    This 12 page paper examines Wagner's well known opera. Attention is focused on the third act. Specifics related to the music of the third act is discussed but the paper embraces the idea that the composer was driven by his own personal dilemmas. Much about the personal life of Richard Wagner is included. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Overview of Hindustani Music

    This 3 page paper discusses various aspects of Hindustani music. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • 'Classical' and 'Pop' Gap That Was George Gershwin

    A 7 page research paper that examines the music of composer George Gershwin. The write argues that while Gershwin's career was short, he accomplished the task of bridging the gap between "pop" and "classical" or serious art music. The writer focuses primarily on Rhapsody in Blue. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Music Education, Performance Skills

    A 3 page research paper that discusses the areas of performance instruction that should be covered by a musical educator in regards to ensemble performance. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • British Soap Opera Coronation Street and Transsexuality

    A 3 page overview of the issues revolving around the inclusion of a transsexual character in the classic British soap opera “Coronation Street”. The author suggests that this inclusion is a reflection of the change which society is undergoing in regard to our perceptions of gender and sexuality. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Comparison of Maurice Ravel's Bolero and Claude Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

    This 3 page paper compares the musical works "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" by Claude Debussy and "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Handel/2 Operas

    A 5 page research paper that examines the life and music of George Fredric Handel, with a particular focus on Handel's operas. The writer profiles Handel's operas, Tamerlano and Giulio Cesare. Musical analysis is offered in regards to Giulio Cesare. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Teens and Negative Influence of Music

    This 8 page paper looks at contemporary music in the twentieth century and suggests that it is bad for today's youth. Many genres and bands are referenced. Misogyny and violence are discussed as is safety issues at rock concerts. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Lute in Renaissance Music

    A 3 page research paper that discusses the lute as used in Renaissance music. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Aristotle, Avenue Q, Joe Turner's Come and Gone

    A 3 page essay that discusses Avenue Q, a Broadway play that is as study in pop culture. Aristotle's six elements of drama are plot, character, diction, music, thought and spectacle (McManus, 1999). While Aristotle wrote in relation to the ancient Greek theater of his time, his observations are still extremely applicable and can be used to address the dramatic elements of modern theater. For example, they provide a framework for analyzing the contemporary plays Avenue Q and Joe's Turner's Come and Gone. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Music and Poems

    A 5 page research paper that offers lines from four poems and then describes the features of music that might be composed to express the poetry with each section of the paper representing a different era in music history. Eras included are the Baroque, the Classical, the Romantic and the Modern. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Music of Samoa

    A 5 page research paper that discusses Samoan music. Samoa, unlike many societies exposed to Western influences, as clung tenaciously to their own culture and their own ways. Samoan music is a vibrant entity that exists in two forms, traditional and contemporary. As the name suggests, traditional Samoan music draws on the ancient Samoan heritage while contemporary Samoan music represents the assimilation of Western influences, particularly in the introduction of Western instruments, such as the guitar. Both forms of Samoan music have contributed to maintaining the vibrancy of the Samoan language and culture. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Thinking About Music, An Introduction to the Philosophy of Music by Lewis Rowell

    A 10 page book review that summarizes and critiques Lewis Rowell's Thinking About Music, An Introduction to the Philosophy of Music (1983). The writer points out that a careful reading of the title suggests that the author does not limit himself to music, but rather places music within a philosophical framework that encompasses the entirety of Western art and culture. No additional sources cited.


    This 4-page paper discusses business models used by The Doors and the Dave Matthews Band, music distribution and building an iconic band.

  • Analyzing John Cage's Changing Music

    This 5 page paper looks at this composer's methods of writing. The I Ching and his Zen practices are duly noted. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Rap Music: Social Meaning

    6 pages in length. The writer discusses the social and cultural impact of rap music by using Tupac Shakur's "Against All Odds" as an example. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Being a Man in the 1999 Film Boys Don’t Cry

    In five pages this paper discusses how this film’s theme of how masculine identity is defined can be applied to courses in public health and psychology. Three sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Early 20th Century's Neoclassical Music and its Anti Romantic Elements

    A paper which looks at the development of neoclassical music, such as that of Stravinsky, in the early twentieth century, with particular reference to the rejection of the Romantic movement and the socio-cultural changes brought about by the First World War. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Richard Wagner’s Theories of Music

    This 6 page paper discusses Wagner’s theories of music and why he had such an impact on music in general and opera in particular. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Preface to Musical Experience in Tumbuka Healing by Steven Friedson

    This 6 page essay offers summation and reflection that focuses on the Preface from Friedson's text. The writer explains Friedson's thesis in the text and relates this to modern practices. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Life and Music of Composer Oliver Messiaen

    A 15 page research paper that explores the life and music of French composer Oliver Messiaen. The writer discusses Messiaen's biographical information, as well as his use of rhythm, harmony, tonal color and use of birdsong in his music. Bibliography lists 8 sources.


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