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Sexism in Film - ... Because men were ultimately in control of what went on the screen much of what the audience perceived were women from the male imagination or fantasy. Bernard Beck elaborates in his article Where the Boys Are: The Contender and other Movies about Women in a Man’s World that, “…women have been used to dress up a male story or motivate a male character” (Beck 15). Women were often insignificant and trivial characters. Although, Kathe Davis disagrees to a point. In her article, Davis offers a dissonant opinion to the fore-mentioned insignificance of the female character....   [tags: Film]
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“Dark Film” and Sunset Blvd. - ... These elements ensure that an audience regards the actors and the setting with equal importance. Oblique angled shots permeate many film noirs, naturally provoking anxiousness and apprehension in the viewer. In Sunset Blvd., these methods were used to great effect in order to deliver a sense of foreboding throughout, even though the climactic scene of Joe’s death was “given away” at the beginning. Every piece of imagery, down to Norma Desmond’s clutching, claw-like hands is geared toward eliciting an ominous and menacing feel....   [tags: Film] 1076 words
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Film Noir and Sunset Boulevard - ... It is this series of actions which eventually lead Joe up to the doorstep of this film’s femme fatale—a frequent of film noir stories. The typical guise of this notorious part is often recognized by her deceptive qualities and manipulative tendencies, all made possible by her sexual appeal. Again, the audience is not presented with a perfect copy of such a personality in the character of Norma Desmond; her “appeal” is arguable, considering her hefty age of fifty, and her deception is not exclusive to her victim, but has cast a much heavier net upon herself....   [tags: Film] 1129 words
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Film Noir: The Maltese falcon - ... There were only a few inhabitants on the sidewalks at one point in time; creating a deserted and mystifying scene; when characters walked on the rain-slicked ground, their footsteps could be hear echoing through the vacant city. When the characters were not outside they were in shabby and dimly lit apartments and hotel rooms. Spade spent the majority of his time in hotel rooms and apartments gathering his information about the Maltese Falcon, by visiting the people who knew anything about the falcon....   [tags: Film]
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The Creative Process in Film - ... After all that, a person needs to copyright ones work. There are two ways of copyrighting. One way is by using the Common-Law Copyright which means a person mails a copy to ones self via registered or certified mail. The second way is the WGA registration which a free form from WGA. After the copyright, a contract is made based on payment, contingent payment, credit, how many rewrites, and set visits. Next an agent is hired who is managed by the state as well as a manager who is not regulated by the state and a lawyer....   [tags: Film]
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The Hero's Journey in Modern Film - ... Jules is called to adventure when Marcellus Wallace instructs him and Vincent to collect his briefcase from Brett’s apartment. Interestingly enough, this occurs before the film even begins, as we are first introduced to Jules and Vincent in medias res as they make their way to the apartment. Usually the next stage is supernatural aid, where the hero receives help with their journey by some otherworldly force, but Tarantino chooses to switch this stage places with the first threshold. The first threshold is when the hero faces a “threshold guardian, standing for the limits of the hero’s present sphere, or life horizon....   [tags: Film] 1757 words
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Film Making - ... Mise-en-scene This is a term used in film production and that is concerned with the way the story is told in a film (Gibbs, p. 5-10). As such it refers to all the elements of visual styles used in the film. Mise-en-scene refers to all components of the film composition including the film composition, film framing, camera and character movement, film lighting as well as the sound used in the film composition. Three important attributes of the image of a film shot One of the attributes is luminosity, which results into range of tone between brightest highlight and deepest black....   [tags: Film Industry]
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The History of Film - ... Instead the viewer is engaged with the dramatization and is left to take in material along with the character. Rather than accepting the outlined narrative, as with classical narrative, the unpredictability and shifting structure of non-linear narrative forces the viewer to question and evaluate the sequence of events. Sudden shifts in scenes or stories keep the viewers concentration. Media, for example news headlines and YouTube, provide bursts of information in a very short period of time....   [tags: Informative, Film] 1287 words
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McCarthyism in Film - ... Columnist Ron Briley's description is quoted from his article "Asserting that action based on unsubstantiated charges was a danger to American democracy." This captures the buzzwords necessary for Murrow to build the framework used to target Senator McCarthy and the HUAC. Moving forward fifty years to 2005 and considering the modern threats facing our nation such as homeland security and terrorism you can see a similar chain of events. Liberal director George Clooney criticizes George W. Bush and his administration for their failed attempts to located weapons of mass destruction in Iraq (Briley 985)....   [tags: Film Analysis ]
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Film Noir: A Style Spanning Genres - ... Having defined these structures, our next step is to determine what films noir are, by their defining elements. While there is no decisive list of these films, and critics tend to add or remove films from their own personal lists of films noir, those that are commonly classified as such share a common theme perhaps best described by Paul Schrader in his 1972 “Note on Film Noir”: There is a passion for the past and present, but a fear of the future. The noir hero dreads to look ahead, but instead tries to survive by the day, and if unsuccessful at that, he retreats into the past....   [tags: Film]
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Film History - ... These shots don’t further the narrative but highlight it by focussing audience attention. In Mary Jane’s Mishap an ‘insert’ enables us to clearly see her embarrassing moustache thus heightening the humour. D.W.Griffith uses an insert showing a close shot to highlight the war rations which in turn highlights the next scene of a food delivery being attacked which increases the tension and importance of the scene. Secondly, the ‘true close-up’ (Salt, 1990, pp38) which should further the films narrative, an example of this is when in a wide-shot Mary Jane is pouring an unknown substance into the oven....   [tags: The Silent Era of Film] 1649 words
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The Evolution of Film - ... Secondly, the ‘true close-up’ such as in this shot which enables the narrative to be furthered by using this close up or medium close up. It allows the viewer to see what Mary Jane is pouring into the oven. In big bold letter ‘PARRAFIN’ the flammable oil. Without this shot the viewer would be perplexed as to why she exploded and allows the narrative to flow as it could be water or any other fluid for all they know as cleverly Smith used this mise-en-scene to explain the narrative instead of an intertitle before the explosion which would have removed all suspense, tension and mystery especially after she moved to the cameras to show her gesturing a bright idea....   [tags: History, Trick Film] 1197 words
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Surrealism and Film - ... These modern patterns of thought, in the eyes of surrealists, were influenced by social doctrine (surrealism lecture) and thus needed to be undermined in order to discover the true unconscious perception of reality in raw human thought. It is this exploration of the subconscious that truly set off the art of the surrealists, and split the movement into two distinct groups with differing ideas of the meaning of unfiltered thought. The automatists were focused on the lack of form, and thus traditional artistic disciplines represented the lack of freedom, as well as the intolerance of free expression of thought associated with modern society....   [tags: Art History, Film] 1651 words
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Violence on Film - ... Yet, this transition proves impossible, as his notoriety evokes challenges from wild young cowboys, with the same unbridled passion of a once-young Jimmy Ringo. Furthermore, his apparent history of violence, is a heavy cross to bare on the morally sanctified school teacher, and her son Jim, who already appears to be skilled in juvenile delinquency. Accordingly, although Ringo attempts to repent his life as a gunfighter, he is subject to the consequence of his violent past, and in a dramatic twist at the end of the film, is killed by Hunt Bromley, one of the young, irrational cowboys out to make a name for themselves....   [tags: Film Review, Hollywood, Gunfigther] 2300 words
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The Art of Film Watching - One of our favorite past times in America is going to the movies. The United States has the oldest film industry, and the largest in terms of revenue (All Art Schools, 2010). The film industry is big business. Every week new movies come out in the theater or on Digital Video Disc (DVD), and when you talk to anyone about their weekend they usually say, they went to see or watched a movie. As we watch the film we become our own critics, by analyzing and attempting to explain what we’ve seen. Watching a film can bring out an unlimited amount of emotions and an overwhelming sense of reality....   [tags: Film Analysis]
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The Correlation of Film and Television - Film and television have become a major medium for information distribution across the world. According to Berger (2008), “Images generally are visual, often are mediated—carried by the mass media—and are connected to information, values, beliefs, attitudes, and ideas people have” (Seeing Is Believing, p. 61). Although film and television are in themselves separate mediums, they correlate with each other and have many similarities History of Film The first device to record and watch film, called a kinetoscope, was created by William Dickson, an employee of Thomas Edison....   [tags: Film History]
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A Career in Film Production - My entire life I have been fascinated with film and commercials. As a kid, I would stop what I was doing to watch a commercial. This has not changed through the years. My goal in life is to work in the film industry and work with video. This may have developed from my brother’s short term love for the video arts. Like most little brothers I followed in his footsteps through a lot of things and most of them would not stick. As I grew older I developed my own different ideals and likes. But, video just stuck with me....   [tags: Film Production] 503 words
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A Clockwork Orange – A Film Analysis - ... In the movie with the last chapter being omitted, we do not see Alex maturing and being offered a government job. There seems to be a positive change in his character whereas the movie doesn’t give us this sense of closure. Kubrick claims that he did not read the complete, original version of the novel until he had almost finished writing the screenplay, and that he never considered using it. Kubrick felt that the original edition was too blandly optimistic and unrealistic. "I think whatever Burgess had to say about the story was said in the book, but I did invent a few useful narrative ideas and reshape some of the scenes" (Bugge)....   [tags: Film Analysis]
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Valkyrie – A Film Review - ... Mainly the events that resulted in Hitler switching meeting places slightly diverted from the path of history. In history, the meeting place was switched to a more open conference room instead of Hitler’s personal bunker, which was under repair at the time. Conversely, in the film the meeting place was only changed because of the warm weather and not because the bunker was undergoing repairs. Altogether, the minor changes the director makes does not harm the plot’s integrity and the ability for the film to incorporate the multitude of accurate events makes the plot the film’s strongest feature....   [tags: Film Review]
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The Romantic Notion of a Film Director - ... The script was also written to display the semiotics and aesthetics of traditional film noir narratives thus encompassing natural low-key lighting and enclosed surroundings. The Prestige, based on the novel by Christopher Priest, displays the rivalry between two magicians Angier (Hugh Jackman) and the divided Borden (Christian Bale) against one another. The story is told in three acts, fuelled by grief and revenge between two friends (defined by Nolan’s signature of identity), through the aesthetics of negative memories thus leading to an ultimate division....   [tags: Film Analysis ]
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The Destruction of the Film Genre - When something is created it is a given that it will be picked apart, dismantled, will evolve into something even greater. It has become the norm in film-making to play by these rules of deformation. Movie makers have stretched the definitions of genre to encompass the given criteria set up by the very people who created these staple types of films that movie goers are used to. Today we can watch romantic comedies that take place in outer space, or horror where no one is killed. It seems as though as soon as you find a clear definition of what a specific genre is, someone comes along and reinvents the category....   [tags: Film] 377 words
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Dancer in the Dark Film Review - If I was to reduce my description of "Dancer in the dark" to one word, it would be daring. Its immediate effect on me was stronger than that of maybe any other film I've ever seen. It shook me, stirred my emotions, made me think and reflect, it disturbed me in the most positive sense of the word and it still does. Its radical make, boldness and consistency exceeds all expectations and probably everything that's come before. This is the perfect example of a director's vision uncompromisingly realized....   [tags: Film] 1952 words
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The Use of Symbolism in the Film "The Piano" - Screen and Visual images are important in the film; The Piano directed by Jane Campion. The screen and visual images are represented by Motifs. They are related to the dominating characters which makes them important. Firstly, Fingers as signifiers. The films very first image is a point-of-view shot looking through Ada's fingers as if they frame her world. They are signifiers of expressiveness. Ada is mute and her fingers are her tools of communication. She communicates using sign language with her fingers....   [tags: Film] 458 words
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Analysis of the Film Good Will Hunting - ... He is all alone in a filthy apartment with dishes everywhere and Sean is seated at the kitchen table, drinking alcohol (Van Sant & Bender, 1997) . Van Sant cuts to an elegant shot in which he uses a more elevated angle, placing Sean in the right segment of the screen and the glass of whiskey in the left. In this way, he uses the angle to make the glass of whiskey look dominant over the character (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2011). This shot produces the idea that Sean is an alcoholic, or at the very least he drinks frequently enough that it is starting to have power over him....   [tags: Film Analysis ]
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Hamlet Film Response - Hamlet, one of the most intricate and influential plays by Shakespeare, debatably of all time. It has inspired not only appreciative readers and writing critiques but continuous generations of people. The inspiration led to the fabrication of many great movies, which wasn’t achievable until the 20th century. Before cinema was the prevalent method of sharing appreciation and spilling emotion for a specific subject, art portrayed what would fly through our minds such as the many interpretations of Ophelia’s death....   [tags: Film Review] 1225 words
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Elephant, a Film Analysis - The Tragedy of Columbine was caused by the social injustices inflicted upon two students; Alex Frost and Eric Deulen. This is the message Gus Van Sant portrays in his movie `Elephant.' These two characters are not part of the `in crowd' and are picked upon in school to the point that they come to school with guns. Present day schools are treating this issue incorrectly by not trying to relinquish the social injustices of high school. Many schools today now completely cut off the school from the outside world in order to stop tragedies like Columbine from occurring....   [tags: Film] 641 words
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Race, Ethnicity, Art and Film - ... Majority of Irish people living in immigrated populations are of mixed populations and most of the people have mixed with other immigrants. There ethnic tension seems to exist between the indigenous and the exotic populace. It should be noted that ethnicity occurs in form of a political action. This includes: Ethnic mobilization and manipulations by elites and the state, ethnic cleansing which may turn violent or non-violent, ethnic competition for political power and economic resources for survival....   [tags: Film Studies]
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Representations of Childhood in Film - Childhood is represented in the media as a special time in life. A ‘walled, protected garden ‘with adults patrolling the outside to keep the innocents within safe from the hostile world outside. This image of childhood has been reinforced by a number of films churned out by the Hollywood movie machine to reinforce the romanticized view that the life of children is somehow more innocent, simpler and full of wonder. There are some films, however, that challenge these nostalgic visions of childhood and instead represent a view that childhood is a complex and challenging....   [tags: Film Review]
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Film Review: 50/50 - ... Kubler-Ross pointed out that, during the course of an illness, individuals tend to go back and forth among the various “stages” and may experience different stages at the same time (DeSpelder and Strickland, 8th edition) and they do not occur necessarily in that order in the movie either. Adam is a risk adverse young man who is also very preconscious about his health. He doesn’t drive and he doesn’t have a driving license. He was raised by a very protective mother and is very conscious about the right diet and exercise....   [tags: Film Review ]
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Analysis of Film "Einstein's Letter" - The film titled “Einstein’s Letter” depicts the historical events that took place beginning the summer of 1939; world renowned physicist Albert Einstein agreed to sign a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt that would change the world forever. He was visited at his Long Island home by Hungarian physicists Leo Szilard and Eugene Wigner in order to get his help in urging the President to build a nuclear bomb; they felt that the building of this atomic bomb and the treat of its detonation would save the world....   [tags: Film Review]
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Film Critique: The Red Violin - ... Girard uses the appropriate language for each country, uses the appropriate scenery and architecture portraying the era of time and the country of origin. The clothing worn in each narrative also adds to the believability of the movie. Many scenes contain reddish, brown hues as if to symbolize the blood Bussotti used from his dead wife to varnish the violin. The psychic reading Rudolfi received before her death told her she was going to live a very long life and travel far, leaving one to surmise her ‘soul’ from her blood on the violin was what the psychic really saw in the card readings similar to that of the Jehovah Witness population believing the soul is found in the blood....   [tags: Film Analysis ]
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Film vs Literature - ... Mulvey says that the mise en scène is where “the ‘unsaid’ and ‘unspeakable’ find cinematic expression” (Mulvey 146). The “unsaid” and “unspeakable” are undoubtedly the minute details of the scene that may only become apparent after multiple viewings or through pausing. She goes on to say that the mise en scène “[contributes] a kind of cinematic commentary or description, inscribing into the scene significance that goes beyond the inarticulate consciousness of characters” (Mulvey 147). For Mulvey, the key is for viewers to find meaning in a film through the details of the scene, which may not be evident the first time....   [tags: Technology, Film, DVD] 993 words
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Exploring the Film, The Outsiders - In films, film-makers make deliberate use of certain techniques to influence views to make a certain viewpoint. In the film ‘The Outsiders’, the director Francis Ford Coppola believes nothing gold can stay when it comes to teenagers. He believes that the strength and beauty in teenagers can never stay concrete because it is ruined by adulthood. In the film Coppola shows and represents two groups, the "socs" and the "greasers". "Soc" is pronounced like society, and means just that: money, nice cars, nice homes and a bright future....   [tags: movies, film analysis] 639 words
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Accuracy of the Film "Inherit the Wind" - Inherit the Wind (1960) is a film directed by Stanley Kramer that is based on the play of the same name that debuted in 1955. The play was not intended to be an exact historical account of the famous 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial in Tennessee, and so the movie also contains various differences from what actually happened. The film allows the viewer to understand the basic concepts and outcomes of the trial, but there are many inaccurate details which make the trial of Inherit the Wind significantly different from reality....   [tags: Movie Review, Film Review] 1018 words
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A Comparison of Two Film Adaptations of Hamlet - "I was raped," the girl said to me overtaken with tears. I was taken by surprise and was at a complete loss for words. She had just taken one of the darkest secrets of her life and brought it out to the splendid light for just me to gaze upon. A little apprehensive, I responded, "I'm sorry." What is one to say at the revelation of such a horrid thing. Anything else I thought of saying sounded stupid and insensitive, so I opted for silence and hugged her to comfort her to the best of my ability....   [tags: Film] 749 words
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Carter's Transformation in the Film The Hurricane - In the film "The Hurricane" directed by Norman Jewison, an interesting character was Rubin Carter. Carter is an interesting character because of the changes he goes through throughout his life in prison until he is freed in 1988. Carter is aggressive and angry at first but has developed into a calmer and wiser man when he meets Lesra, a young African-American boy inspired by Carter's story. From the time of his meeting with Lesra to the end of the film, Carter begins to realize the importance of trust and eventually, this is what sets him free....   [tags: Film Analysis, Movie Analysis] 597 words
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The Classical Film Grease - ... These all require that males recognize love much more quicker then females (Kanin pg. 71). Evolutionary history effects more than just genetic behaviour level. It also effects how society socializes its members. Males –despite having the innate behaviors and perspectives on relationships— experience socialization that, in essence, reinforces gender differences in perspectives and behavior. From early childhood up until adulthood, the individual is bombarded with a plethora of advertisments that portray males as more aggressive (Henslin p....   [tags: Film Review, Love] 1638 words
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Film Analysis of Under the Moon - ... Her mother was a homemaker, appearing to have issues with her health, took care of Carlitos. Carlitos was a nine year old little boy who assisted his godmother in smuggling immigrants to the United States; eventually he became one as well. What is the Culture of this Family. The culture of this family is in line with the traditional Mexican culture; according to Taylor, family is “one of the strongest areas of the Mexican life” (R. Taylor, Minority Families in the United States, p. 93). The extended family included grandparents, uncles, aunts and god parents all of whom take an active role in caring for children....   [tags: Analysis Movie Film]
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American Dream in the Film, The Pursuit of Happyness - ... American film has also shown to act as a detractor of this same idea as well. With this potentially false American dream endorsed in some films the actual propagandist view can act both as a proponent and a detractor of these ideas. The Pursuit of Happyness is a great example of a film that promotes the American dream that our founding fathers were proposing. It is a story of a man that spent his life savings in a very unreliable product and is struggling to get his family by. His wife leaves him and he eventually is thrown out onto the streets, where he and his son move from homeless shelter to homeless shelter....   [tags: Film Analysis ]
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Film Analysis: "Scarface" vs. "The Departed" - ... Director Martin Scorsese references Scarface: The Shame of the Nation in several allusive scenes throughout the film The Departed. There are three scenes in Scarface in which a shot of an illuminated sign can be seen from Tony’s apartment window displaying the words, “The World Is Yours”. In fact, the film ends with a close-up of this shot as if it were a tribute to the ironic conclusion of the life of a gangster, in Tony’s case, death. This statement is also symbolic of the ambition and drive of the criminal to achieve wealth and success, and in many cases, the power that is a component of that lifestyle....   [tags: Film Analysis ]
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Film Review for Coal Miner's Daughter - The Coal Miner’s Daughter, an influential film, first shown in 1980, was voted an Academy Award Winning Motion Picture. This film depicts a young girl’s life who lived in a coal mining town, had a journeying life, and become a famous country singer. This motion picture was not produced purposing pure societal entertainment, but rather the accurate portrayal of Loretta Lynn’s personal life. The film Coal Miner’s Daughter, illustrates Loretta Lynn’s life’s obstacles of family struggles, influential friends, and emotional tactics of life’s exertion....   [tags: Film Review]
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Film/Viewer Interaction in Apocalypse Now - “The horror... the horror...”- Colonel Kurtz are the last lines of Apocalypse Now, the Francis Ford Coppola directed war-film masterpiece, which truly explores horror. Typical war films, like Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket or Boulle’s The Bridge on the River Kwai, follow the camaraderie of a protagonist and his unit and their struggles that build up to a violent and climactic confrontation where both sides sustain losses to illustrate the tragedy of war. Apocalypse Now is different; there are only two moments of brief violence that the main character participates in and he rarely talks with anyone else....   [tags: Film Critique] 1530 words
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Technology & Film - Technology & Film Technology has had a huge impact on the world, especially the film industry. It has had a long past and as the technology advances, it becomes more and more realistic. It all began with the first machine patented in the United States that showed animated pictures or movies. It was called the “wheel of life” or “zoopraxiscope” and was patented in 1867 by William Lincoln. Moving drawings or photographs were watched through a slit in the zoopraxiscope. However, modern motion picture making began with the invention of the motion picture camera....   [tags: Film Cinema Movies] 860 words
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History in Film - History in Film Introduction [1] Who owns history. When portraying a historical figure, specifically a female figure (of which there is a distinct lack due to either scarcity of existence or insufficiency of acknowledgment in society), film has a responsibility to accurately represent the historical figure whose reputation is at stake. As a medium relating past to present, film possesses the incredible capacity to take ownership of history; the director holds the key to making history real or reel....   [tags: Movie Film Movies History Essays]
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Casablanca: Pro-allied Elements in the War Film - Audience members, when seeing Casablanca, would associate it as a war film, and I agree with that, but to be more precise, it is a pro Allie war film. The literary elements in the film are the reasons why it can be viewed this way, with the emphasis on the plot and characters. The timing of when the film was released also supports the idea of it being an anti Axis film. Although it was set in 1940, it was made a year after Pearl Harbor and America entering the war, but it was released right before the Allies had a meeting in Casablanca, so the filmmakers seemed to have wanted the audience to empathize with the Allies....   [tags: Film] 483 words
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The Phantom of the Opera: Why the film is so popular with Americans - Popular Film Analysis: The Phantom of the Opera Americans want to experience, feel and relate to situations that aren't always possible. Theatre and movies allow the audience to escape from everyday anxieties and stress, to imagine what life would be like if viewed or taken from another perspective. However, there are other things beyond the obvious that relate to and help determine how the audience will react to a film. Such things as the genre that the film is placed in help to set expectations that will draw in a specific crowd of people expecting certain things....   [tags: Film] 750 words
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame, An Analysis of the 1939 Film - In the 1939 film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, adapted from the novel written by Victor Hugo, the themes are obvious in numerous scenes of the film; however, in other scenes themes are hidden to eyes of the audience and revealed in significant images or actions. The themes are observed in various forms through Gothic characteristics such as, extreme contrasts, death, grotesque forms, and religious associations. These themes provided a breakdown in rule to a previously calm society. Extreme contrasts were portrayed in the two brothers, one was a priest, and the other brother was a high judge....   [tags: Film] 416 words
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2005 Version of "The Legend of Zorro": Film Review - The Legend of Zorro is a continuation of the 1998 film The Mask of Zorro which is probably the best Zorro film ever made I say probably because I haven't seen all of the 13 Zorro films. One thing that can't be denied is that the character of Zorro is a silver screen favorite. The Mask of Zorro features an older Zorro Anthony Hopkins intensely training a young thieve Antonio Banderes molding him into the dashing and heroic Zorro that he is in this film. The new Zorro marries Elena played by the gorgeous Catherine Zeta-Jones....   [tags: Film] 492 words
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Examining the Musical Score of the Film Pitch Black - A film concerning a futuristic universe, Pitch Black, directed by David Twohy, was scored using an arsenal of techniques that imbued a futurist connotation. The composer Graeme Revell used a wide variety of electronic tactics that screamed modern use of MIDI, as in the use of electronic drums and percussions. Much of the underscoring is as dissonant and eerie as the film itself. The only score that might have fit Pitch Black better would have been no score at all, for Revell seems to conjure silence through low, menacing sounds....   [tags: Film] 1535 words
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Film Industry: Then And Now - Film: Then and Now The film industry has always been somewhat of a dichotomy. Grounded firmly in both the worlds of art and business the balance of artistic expression and commercialization has been an issue throughout the history of filmmaking. The distinction of these two differing goals and the fact that neither has truly won out over the other in the span of the industry's existence, demonstrates a lot of information about the nature of capitalism. The modern film industry was born around the beginning of the twentieth century....   [tags: Movies Film] 1103 words
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