Research Papers on Film & Television

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Films Chinatown and Raisin in the Sun and Ethnicity

    This 5 page paper discusses these two films and analyzes the role which ethnicity plays in both. African Americans are depicted in Raisin in the Sun and Asian Americans and African Americans are depicted in Chinatown. Bibliography lists no 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Analysis of 2 Horror Films

    A 5 page essay that discusses the X factor, that is, the "horror" component, in Psycho (1960) and Frankenstein (1931), looking at the elements of the cinematic art. Bibliography lists 2 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Slapstick Masters Woody Allen and Charles Chaplin

    A 5 page research paper that examines the work of Charles Chaplin and Woody Allen, specifically, Chaplin's 'Modern Times' and Allen's 'Sleeper' as ideal representations of the art of slapstick comedy. Emphasizing the use of visual gags in both films, the writer argues that Allen's film is a tribute to the humor of the silent era.

  • 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.

  • Music in Martin Scorsese's Film Casino

    A 6 page research paper that explores the functions and use of music in the 1995 Martin Scorsese film 'Casino.' Bibliography lists 6 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.

  • 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.

  • Television Violence and Its Influences

    (5 pp) Victims of violence in America today are most likely to be between the ages of 12 and 24. According to 1999 MTV: Music Television research, violence is the number one concern overall among ts viewers. And, in a recent American Psychological Association poll, 40 percent of youth say they have been concerned about a potentially violent classmate Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • TV Sportscasting

    (12 pp) This discussion exams the role of television broadcasting in sports, through the personality of the sportscaster and through the game itself. The sports of figure skating, golf, and basketball are examined for their impacts in this media. The possibility of a new network entering the picture in these sports areas is also reviewed, as are recommendations for such a possibility. Bibliography lists 8 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.

  • Apocolypse Now

    (6 pp) Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 film, Apocalypse Now, is the embodiment of the film genre called "The Lure of the Exotic: Hollywood Abroad." This discussion will examine the genre from the traditional aspects of theater principles, technology, and resolution . 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A Film Review of 'Salaam Bombay'

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Child Sexual Abuse and a Film Review of PBS' Innocence Lost The Verdict

    A 5 page overview of the film. The author of this paper relates the major events of the film and compares it to the HBO docudrama “The McMartin Trial”. In each film the subject is the alleged sexual abuse of children. In “Innocence Lost” the accused, Robert Kelly is found guilty despite the existence of practically no hard evidence. In “The McMartin Trial” the members of the McMartin family are absolved of guilt. This paper emphasizes the relative worth of the documentary verses the docudrama format and concludes that while Kelly serves his consecutive life sentences in jail, the McMartin’s serve theirs in an environment in which they will never be able to fully escape societal suspicion and disdain despite their proclaimed innocence. No sources are listed.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Eat Drink Man Woman, To Live, and Survival of the Asian Family

    This paper compares and contrasts the two films in terms of the favorable family aspects depicted in the films, the different ways the families are destroyed or threatened, the different styles of expressing intimacy and death, and the different ways of suggesting there is hope for the traditional family. Bibliography lists 4 sources. JVChinaf.rtf

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Overview of Music Videos

    This 6 page paper explores some of the issues surrounding this popular entertainment form. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sports Psychology in “Rocky”

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Argumentative Essay: Avatar's Script is Same Old Same Old

    This 5 page argumentative essay explores the script as an extension of a hundred similar storylines in the film genre, first parodied in "Forbidden Planet" in 1956. The argument specifies that the film's only redeeming feature was the technology. Bibliography list 2 sources.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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