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Exploring Existentialism and the Character Leanord in the Film, Memento

- Exploring Existentialism and the Character Leanord in the Film, Memento Although Christopher Nolan does not acknowledge any philosophical basis for Memento, the film provides a character, Leonard Shelby, who serves as an example of several aspects of existentialism. Through Leonard, Memento illustrates Soren Kierkegaard's idea of truth as subjectivity, Freidrich Nietzsche's notion that God is dead, and Jean-Paul Sartre's writings on the nature of consciousness. In Concluding Unscientific Postscript, Kierkegaard differentiates between the subject as the knower, and the world (object) as the known: the only way we know the world is through ourselves....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]

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The Hero's Journey in Cameron Crowe's Film Almost Famous

- The Hero's Journey in Cameron Crowe's Film “Almost Famous”      Almost Famous (2000) is a dramatization of writer/director Cameron Crowe’s real-life experiences as a teenage rock reporter for Rolling Stone. Based on thinly-veiled autobiographical material from the precocious beginnings of Crowe’s early career, the screenplay shapes sentimental memories into movie magic. But how did Crowe give his own coming-of-age tale such universal appeal. A closer look reveals that Almost Famous, like most films worth their salt, is yet another incarnation of the greatest and only mythological adventure, “The Hero’s Journey.” This relationship can be explained using the framework of Joseph Campbell’s ph...   [tags: movies film analysis]

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Use of Bathroom Scenes in the Film Pulp Fiction

- Bathrooms are filthy. They are grimy, soiled porcelain wastelands swarming with harmful bacteria and human waste. And they’re one of Quentin Tarantino’s favorite tools to use on the big screen. If one were to study the history of American media, he or she may notice that bathrooms are scarcely pictured. In fact, it wasn’t until the 1960 release of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho that a toilet was shown in cinema. The featured toilet caused quite a stir among critics, and became a symbol of American ethics....   [tags: Pulp Fiction Film Analysis]

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Cameron Crowe's Film Jerry Maguire

- Cameron Crowe's Film Jerry Maguire In his movie Jerry Maguire, director Cameron Crowe illustrates how failures and successes are all part of life and if you have love and are happy with your life then you will surely succeed. It is part of life to experience failure which propels one forward to take risks and make changes to find the answers on how to succeed in lives little games. Jerry Maguire is an inspiring movie based on this theme, demonstrating success and failure with business endeavors, love relationships, friendships and self realization....   [tags: Crowe Movie Film Jerry Maguire Essays]

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Intriguing Camera Work in Zeffirelli’s Film, Hamlet

- Intriguing Camera Work in Zeffirelli’s Film, Hamlet The three-dimensional camera work of Zeffirelli in Hamlet emphasizes the surveillance methods and intrigues carried out by the forces of good and of evil. In the opening scene, Elsinore Castle looms over the soldiers and people standing outside. The camera angle forces one to look up at the dark castle; then the camera surveys the people, revealing that the evil from witnhin the castle is not self-contained but looms over and affects everyone in Denmark....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]

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The Rise of Technology and Film throughout the Twentieth Century

- The Rise of Technology and Film throughout the Twentieth Century As time and people are continually changing, so is knowledge and information; and in the film industry there are inevitable technological advances necessary to keep the attraction of the public. It is through graphic effects, sounds and visual recordings that all individuals see how we have evolved to present day digital technology; and it is because of the efforts and ideas of the first and latest great innovators of the twentieth century that we have advanced in film and computers....   [tags: Film Movie Movies Technology Computers]

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Movie Essays - Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary on Film

- Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary on Film        The figure of Emma Bovary, the central character of Gustave Flaubert's novel, Madame Bovary, caused both cheers of approval and howls of outrage upon its publication, and continues to fascinate modern literary critics and film makers. Is she a romantic idealist, striving for perfect love and beauty in dull bourgeois society. Is she a willful and selfish woman whose pursuit of the good life brings about her own destruction and that of her family....   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast]

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Women in Film as Portrayed in the Movie, Double Indemnity

- Women in Film as Portrayed in the Movie, Double Indemnity Introduction American commercial cinema currently fuels many aspects of society. In the twenty-first century it has become available, active force in the perception of gender relations in the United States. In the earlier part of this century filmmakers, as well as the public, did not necessarily view the female“media image” as an infrastructure of sex inequality. Today, contemporary audiences and critics have become preoccupied with the role the cinema plays in shaping social values, institutions, and attitudes....   [tags: Movie Film Essays Female Stereotype]

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Gangs of New York, A Film Analysis

- Bill the Butcher was the ideal "bad guy" for a movie. He was a stubborn individual who would not change his ways of thinking for anyone. If you came off a boat and tried to settle in the United States you were automatically hated by Mr. Cutting. Bill was a tall man, very skinny, and he had long hair with a matching mustache. Bill and his party believed that the only rightful people to have jobs, families, and make money were people who were born in the U.S., not immigrants. Women and children are not even spared by Bill and his rugged party....   [tags: Film]

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Vendetta and the Ritualized Revenge Motif in Popular Italian Film

- Vendetta and the Ritualized Revenge Motif in Popular Italian Film Italian cinema is conventionally associated with neorealist films and their contribution to the international art film movement. However, while these films tend to draw on the ideas and artistic creativity of individual directors such as Fellini, Antonioni, and De Sica; there is also a strong tradition of genre cinema evident in more popularized examples of Italian film. Emerging in the post-war era, these filone, or formula films, were inspired by established American models such as the "sword and sandal" hero epic, the western, and the gangster film....   [tags: Italian Movies Film Films Essays]

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Tension and Suspense the Novel and the Opening Scene of the Film Jaws

- Tension and Suspense the Novel and the Opening Scene of the Film Jaws Peter Benchley wrote "Jaws" the novel before it was made into a film directed by Steven Spielberg. "Jaws" is a thriller with the main aim being to build up suspense and tension. In the novel Peter Benchley uses many variations of language techniques to emphasise important points that build up suspense. He also uses sentence and paragraph structure to affect the reader in many different ways. Steven Spielberg on the other hand uses different camera angles and shots alongside lighting effects to create atmosphere and tension....   [tags: Jaws Film Novel Suspense Essays]

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Movie Essays - Romanticism in the Film Version of The Big Sleep

- Romanticism in the Film Version of The Big Sleep        In Raymond Chandler's novel The Big Sleep, he presents two sisters, Vivian and Carmen. These women become the central characters, aside from Philip Marlowe, and they control much of the action in the novel. The 1946 film version of The Big Sleep, however, manipulates Chandler's characters considerably. Aside from playing with the dialogue of the novel, the screen-writers change the very essences of Vivian and Carmen. Perhaps it is the casting of the film which forces changes from the novel, or perhaps the Production Code keeps the writers from developing the women in the way that Chandler does; either way, the film version...   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast]

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Two Film Versions of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

- Romeo and Juliet is a timeless, classic love story written by the incomparable William Shakespeare. Many of Shakespeare’s works are considered literary classics, but none are more loved than Romeo and Juliet. This play masterfully tells the love story of two teenagers in Elizabethan England. The title characters Romeo and Juliet are members of two feuding families, Romeo is a Montague and Juliet is a Capulet. There are different stylistic ways of portraying Romeo and Juliet, and the two most popular film versions portray two very different styles of this one play....   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast]

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Women Portrayed in Horror and Film Noir Films

- Women Portrayed in Horror and Film Noir Films Works Cited Not Included Horror films have always been more attractive to the male viewer than to the female viewer. Why is that. Usually horror films mainly present the audience with very graphic mutilation and the raping of females, more so than their male counterparts. Horror films have always depicted females as either objects or as the victim of a horrible act....   [tags: Film Movie Noir Females Essays]

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Comparing Novel and Film Version of Snow Falling on Cedars

- Comparing Novel and Film Version of Snow Falling on Cedars It is no easy task to create a work - through writing or film - that has an impact on society. In writing, one must discuss and analyze a relevant topic that will have an impact on the readers. One must also present stunning sensory images through words in order to create a complete understanding for the reader. In filmmaking it is not much different, but there must be striking visual imagery in combination with a fitting musical score in order to give the viewer of the film the full experience....   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast]

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Choreographer Busby Berkeley’s Contributions to Film

- Choreographer Busby Berkeley’s Contributions to Film Berkeley’s creations were not meant to focus on dance. He envisioned an overall moving pattern, which he created by using moving bodies. He made the art of choreography a technique of design and visual mathematics, and combined this with his knowledge of film to bring his vision to life on the big screen. The skill of this multi-talented man brought Hollywood musicals to their full potential, creating a high demand for dance in films. William Berkeley Enos was born November 29, 1895, in Los Angeles....   [tags: Arts Movie Film Dance Essays]

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Love and Hope in film Life is Beautiful and novel Night

- Love and Hope in film Life is Beautiful and novel Night "Through love, through hope, and faith's transcendent dower, we feel that we are greater than we know."- William Wordsworth. As stated in this quote, when we have something to hope for, and someone showing us love, we are capable of many things. In the movie Life is Beautiful and the book Night love and hope are the only things that keep the characters alive....   [tags: Film Novel Night Life Beautiful]

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The Hero’s Journey in the Film: The Hobbit

- Heroes are present in many of the films produced today and these heroes generally follow both Campbell’s “Hero’s journey” and “Heroic Archetypes”. Some of Campbell’s tenets for a hero are that he must be called to a quest, he will face trials and tribulations, face temptation, complete a task, and eventually return home. The hero must also fit an archetype and its quest, fear, dragon, task, and virtue. Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is in fact one of the aforementioned heroes....   [tags: cinematography, film analysis]

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Observation of Characters in the Film Shawshank Redemption

- Shawshank Redemption is about two men, Andy and Red, who are both imprisoned at Shawshank prison and end up bonding and finding redemption together through random acts of kindness. It begins in 1947, with a man named Andy Dufresne being convicted of murdering his wife and her lover. Even though Andy was innocent, he was given two life sentences and was to serve them at Shawshank prison. Reflective Observation 1 The first night Andy and other new inmates first arrived at the prison, one inmate was being hysterical and refused to not stop talking, this led to one of the guards (Hadley) to viciously beat him to a pulp (he would die later that night)....   [tags: Behavior, Prison, Film]

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Contrast of Literature and Film

- The wonderful world of media never ceases to amaze me with its constant advances in technology and infallible tendency to ruin all that is good in the world of the written word. Every day we are confronted with advertisements for movies. Some of these happen to be based on what, in my opinion, is our greatest achievement as a species: the written word. When modern directors endeavor to transform the book into easily digestible entertainment for the masses, the story is often butchered. The plot gets rewritten and mangled into what is often an unrecognizable, unintelligent string of pointless action....   [tags: Censorship, Creative Liberties, Book vs. Film]

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The History of Film, and the Film Industry Today

- In 1867 William Lincoln patented a contraption that would revolutionize the entertainment industry. Lincoln’s first film capturing camera was called the “zoopraxiscope” or the “Wheel of Life.” Later on, in the 1890’s people began creating their own versions of portable cameras, whereas Lincoln’s camera was always mounted to a tripod, to prevent moving pieces from breaking. There is no way they could have known what an impact they would have had on the world. Film throughout the ages has created many incredible people, styles, and technology....   [tags: movies, cinematography]

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The Film "O brother, where art thou?"

- The Film "O brother, where art thou?" The film O brother, where art thou. is set in the Great Depression of the 1930’s and emphasizes the struggle between the upper and lower classes by using a variety of cinematic devices. Through the use of these cinematic devices and comedic relief the realities of the Depression are viewed without creating a stark, melancholy, documentary-styled film. Examples in this film of these cinematic devices used to show these realities include: bleak colors, contrasting of light and dark colors, long shots, high-angle shots, and spherical camera lenses....   [tags: Film Movies Movie Art Thou Essays]

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Criticism of the Western Genre in Jim Jarmusch’s Film Deadman

- Criticism of the Western Genre in Jim Jarmusch’s Film Deadman Jim Jarmusch’s Deadman is a complex interweaving of the rough and tough world of cowboys mixed with blatant criticism of the Western genre as well as the American lifestyle during those times in history. The separate scenes in the movie seem be collected and stringed together allowing the director to bounce between making fun of the whole Western idea to completely embracing the genre. The movie focused on William Blake (an accountant from Cleveland) and his transformation from being an ordinary man to an outlaw....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]

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Film Analysis of Bowling for Columbine by Michael Moore

- Film Analysis of Bowling for Columbine by Michael Moore 'Bowling for Columbine', directed by Michael Moore, deals with the problems of gun crime in America. The main purpose of this film is to persuade American people to change their ideas about guns and gun laws. Moore constantly refers to other countries such as Canada and their gun policies to back up his arguments for increased gun regulation....   [tags: Michael Moore Columbine Movie Film Essays]

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Analysis of German Film Run Lola Run

- Analysis of German Film "Run Lola Run" Run Lola Run, is a German film about a twenty-something woman (Lola) who has 20 minutes to find $100,000 or her love (Manni) will be killed. The search for the money is played through once with a fatal ending and one would think the movie was over but then it is shown again as if it had happened ten seconds later and changed everything. It is then played out one last time. After the first and second sequence, there is a red hued, narrative bridge....   [tags: Movie Film Style Run Lola Essays]

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The Truth About War Revealed in the Film, The Thin Red Line

- The Truth About War Revealed in the Film, The Thin Red Line Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line (1998) is a film that examines the Guadalcanal Battle of World War II, looking past the physical results of the violence, in order to uncover the deeper truths and ramifications of war. The film conveys themes and ideologies that are somewhat uncommon to war films, especially WW II films. In this dark, surreal, journey, Malick takes us inside the minds of soldiers experiencing this battle to capture a remote pacific island from the Japanese....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]

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Film Analysis: Te film Bridesmaids

- Bridesmaids: Finding Desire in Humor For as long as there have been jokes, there have been people saying that women can’t tell them. For over a century figures in popular culture have publicly peddled this claim of misconception. In 1884 Richard Grant White, one of the most powerful cultural critics of the 19th century, wrote, “a sense of humor is the rarest qualities in a women”, to Jerry Lewis in 1998 stating he “cannot sit and watch a lady diminish her qualities to the lowest common denominator”, and more recently in 2012 Adam Carolla, arguing, “The Reason why you know more funny dudes than funny chicks is that dudes are funnier than chicks” (Moss)....   [tags: pop culture, feminist perspective]

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Communism and Mise-en-Scene Technique in the Film Yellow Earth

- Communism and Mise-en-Scene Technique in the Film Yellow Earth As one of the earliest films to come out of communist China’s new film schools in the 1980s, director Chen Kaige’s Yellow Earth reveals much about the Chinese communist party’s interpretation of the years before 1949 (the year of the Communist victory in China). Yellow Earth takes on the appearance of Communist propaganda films as the plot and themes develop. The minimalist mise-en-scene technique effectively illustrates the activities and rituals of daily rural Chinese life throughout the film....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]

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Effective Use of Sound Techniques in Fritz Lang’s Film, M

- Effective Use of Sound Techniques in Fritz Lang’s Film, M M was directed by Fritz Lang and was released in Germany in 1931. M follows the story of a strand of child murders in a German city. In a hunt for the murderer the police as well as the organized criminal underground of this German city search rapidly for the killer of these innocent children. The specific elements that Fritz Lang uses to express his view of what the sound should be are, how particular sound techniques shape the film, and how the sound affects the story....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]

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Elements of Western, Comedy and Thriller in Jarmusch’s Film Dead Man

- Elements of Western, Comedy and Thriller in Jarmusch’s Film Dead Man Released in 1995, the film “Dead Man” is set in the West in the latter half of the 19th century. The film is a genre-combining work. Although “Dead Man” is a Western, it brings in many elements from the Comedy and the Thriller. The movie is set in the west, yet the audience finds themselves laughing at many comical incidents as well as anticipating what will happen to Blake next. The film is a Western in many ways, but is also a satire of the genre....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]

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Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now: A Comparative Analysis of Novel and Film

- Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now: A Comparative Analysis of Novel and Film In the opening scenes of the documentary film "Hearts of Darkness-A Filmmaker's Apocalypse," Eleanor Coppola describes her husband Francis's film, "Apocalypse Now," as being "loosely based" on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Indeed, "loosely" is the word; the period, setting, and circumstances of the film are totally different from those of the novella. The question, therefore, is whether any of Conrad's classic story of savagery and madness is extant in its cinematic reworking....   [tags: Compare Contrast Novel Film]

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Comparing the Novel and Film Adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

- Comparing the Novel and Film Adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein “Horror and science fiction tend to present radically opposite interpretations of what may look like comparable situations.” (Kawin, 1981.) Bruce Kawin helps the reader to understand how a story in the genre of science fiction could be adapted, or bastardized if you like, into a horror. This is similar to the film adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Both “Frankenstein” (1931) and “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935) portrayed characters and events differently than Shelley would have desired....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]

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Hitchcock’s Use of Technical Signatures in his Film Vertigo

- Hitchcock’s Use of Technical Signatures in his Film Vertigo The films of Alfred Hitchcock provide some of the best evidence in favor of the auteur theory. Hitchcock uses many techniques that act as signatures on his films, enabling the viewer to possess an understanding of any Hitchcock film before watching it. His most famous signature is his cameo appearance in each of his films, but Hitchcock also uses more technical signatures like doubling, visual contrast, and strategically placed music to create suspense....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]

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Scene Analysis of Alfred Hitchcock’s Film Shadow of a Doubt

- Scene Analysis of Alfred Hitchcock’s Film Shadow of a Doubt Alfred Hitchcock’s film Shadow of a Doubt is a true masterpiece. Hitchcock brings the perfect mix of horror, suspense, and drama to a small American town. One of the scenes that exemplifies his masterful style takes place in a bar between the two main characters, Charlie Newton and her uncle Charlie. Hitchcock was quoted as saying that Shadow of a Doubt, “brought murder and violence back in the home, where it rightly belongs.” This quote, although humorous, reaffirms the main theme of the film: we find evil in the places we least expect it....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]

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Father-Daughter Relationship in the Film, William Faulkner: A Life on Paper

- Father-Daughter Relationship in the Film, William Faulkner: A Life on Paper While the relationship between fathers and sons has been documented at length, the father/ daughter dynamic figures less prominently in literary tropes; in fact the last canonical piece I can recall reading was Euripedes’ Electra in high school. The tenuous relationship between Daddy and his little girl, however, harbors depths more personal and tangible than Greek tragedy and psychological analyses invoking the Electra complex....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]

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Inner Evil Revealed in Film and BBC Productions of Shakespeare’s Richard III

- Inner Evil Revealed in Film and BBC Productions of Shakespeare’s Richard III     All the passions of the irascible rise from the passions of the concupiscible appetite and terminate in them. For instance, anger rises from sadness, and, having wrought vengeance, terminates in joy. --  St. Thomas Aquinas        In Richard III, Shakespeare creates evil personified.  The wicked protagonist conspires against kin, plots political takeovers, woos widows, sets assassins against children, and relishes each nefarious act.  We watch Richard's bravado with wicked glee and delight in each boasting comment sent our direction.  Once the bad guy becomes seductive, even amusing, in his blatant cruelty...   [tags: Movie Film Essays]

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Movie Essay - The Film Based Upon of Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club

- Joy Luck Club - The Movie. "I am waiting like a tiger in the trees, now ready to leap out, ready to cut her spirit loose." The Joy Luck Club, an Oliver Stone production, depicts four women and their strife bringing up their American born daughters. Directed by Wayne Wang, this rated R movie featured actors and actresses such as Ming-na Wen, Rosalind Chao, Russell Wong, and Lisa Lu. The Joy Luck Club is an emotional tale about four women who saw life as they had seen it back in China. Because the Chinese were very stereotypic, women were treated as second class citizens and were often abused....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]

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White Man’s Prejudice against Native Americans in the Film, Dances With Wolves

- White Man’s Prejudice against Native Americans in the Film, Dances With Wolves The Movie "Dances With Wolves" shows the stereotypical view of American Indians as uncivilized savages who murder innocent settlers, but most Indians are kind, caring people who were driven from their homes and land as discovered by John Dunbar, the film's main character. John Dunbar was stationed at a small abandoned fort located in the Great Plains where he was to monitor the activity of wildlife and Indians. He first encountered the Indians attempting to steal his horse while he was bathing, and then later again that evening....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]

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Untypical Western Genre in Jim Jarmusch’s Film Deadman

- Untypical Western Genre in Jim Jarmusch’s Film Deadman In the film Deadman by Jim Jarmusch we follow the character of William Blake, who shares his name with a nineteenth century British poet, as he travels on a train to the town of Machine where he has promise of work. Upon arriving Blake finds that his accounting job is already occupied and when he tries to confront the boss he is greeted with a shotgun. Deciding that leaving with his life is more important than leaving with a job, he quickly leaves the office, though not the premises as he gets lost in the many twists and turns of the building....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]

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The Importance of Family Tradition in the Film, William Faulkner: A Life on Paper

- The Importance of Family Tradition in the Film, William Faulkner: A Life on Paper William Faulkner’s life was defined by his inability to conduct himself as a true Southern gentleman. He never achieved affluence, strength, chivalry or honor. Therefore, the myth of Southern masculinity eluded him. Faulkner shied away from violence, he never proved himself in battle. He was not a hard worker, nor was he an excellent family man. Seemingly worst of all, he did not follow in the footsteps of his father and the “Old Colonel.” The code of Southern gentility highly praises family tradition....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]

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Faulkner’s Relationship with his Daughter in the Film, William Faulkner: A Life on Paper

- Faulkner’s Relationship with his Daughter in the Film, William Faulkner: A Life on Paper William Faulkner: A Life on Paper presents Faulkner as a struggling writer, father, and human being. He was moody, a periodic alcoholic, often in debt, affected in manner, and seemingly unable to make and retain significant relationships. Yet despite his apparent failings as a man (or perhaps because of them), Faulkner is perhaps the most successful and influential American literary artist of the 20th-century....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]

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How Mise-en-scene and Cinematography are Used in an Opening Sequence to an Action Adventure Film

- How Mise-en-scene and Cinematography are Used to Position the Audience and Create Effect in an Opening Sequence to an Action Adventure Film In Entrapment the opening sequence plays a key role in captivating the audience and setting the plot for the rest of the film. Mise-en-scene and cinematography are vital in positioning the audience and creating a sense of mystery which will attract the audience to keep watching. Mise-en-scene refers to everything put in front of the camera during filming, this includes, location, characters, body language, costume, props, character positioning, colour and lighting....   [tags: film, movies]

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The Film of Nixon

- ... How can say someone is not allowed to testify because of national security. The C.I.A, national security agency (N.S.A), and the national safety council (N.S.C) are not in the Constitution, but were created by congress to help make us safer as a nation, but are used by the president to make him more powerful. The directors of these programs have used executive privilege to hide details about illegal operations, or even not to testify. Even though they have no rights as an organization given to them by the Constitution, they still act like they do, and they act like their better than it because they work for the president....   [tags: Anthony Hopkins, cinematography]

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Movie Essays - Loncraine's Film Production of Shakespeare's Richard III

- Loncraine's Film Production of Shakespeare's Richard III Loncraine's film brilliantly furthers Richard III's role as the diabolical genius. His use of economy and symbolism in portraying Richard gives completeness to the character that the text in some ways lacks. The short but intriguing stable scene in the film makes this clear. The first thing I noticed about the stable scene in the film was the monochromatic color scheme. As Donaldson noted, the muted browns, grays, and beiges are reminiscent of the several death scenes....   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast]

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Movie Essays - Comparing the Novel and Film Version of Joy Luck Club

- Comparing the Novel and Film Version of Joy Luck Club    Wayne Wang's adaptation of Amy Tan's Joy Luck Club combines literary and cinematic devices by adopting the novel's narrative techniques and strengthening them through image and sound. The adaptation exemplifies not a destruction or abuse of Amy Tan's novel, but the emergence of a new work of art, not hindered but enhanced by the strengths of its literary precursor.              Incorporating her family's own experiences as Chinese immigrants to the United States, Amy Tan tells the story of four Chinese mothers (Suyuan Woo, An-mei Hsu, Lindo Jong, Ying-ying St....   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast]

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Applying Showalter’s Idea’s to Branagh's Film of Hamlet

- Applying Showalter’s Idea’s to Branagh's Film Version of Hamlet       Elaine Showalter begins her essay, Representing Ophelia: Women, Madness, and the Responsibilities of Feminist Criticism, by criticizing analyses of Shakespeare's Hamlet that have virtually ignored the character of Ophelia in the past. The feminist critic argues that Ophelia is an important character in her own right, not just a foil to Hamlet. Further, she says that Ophelia's story is important to tell from a feminist perspective because it allows Ophelia to upstage Hamlet, and that this re-telling can be done by tracing the iconography of Ophelia in visual art, theater, movies, and even psychiatric theory....   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast]

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Movie Essays - Jane Campion's Film of Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady

- Jane Campion's Film Version of Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady Jane Campion's film version of Henry James's novel, The Portrait of a Lady, offers the viewer a sexually charged narrative of a young naive American girl in Victorian era Europe. James's novel focuses on "what an exciting inward life may do for the person leading it even while it [a person's life] remains perfectly normal" (James 54). James could not or would not place into his narrative the sexual thoughts, suggestions, and actions of his characters beyond the first flush of the experience....   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast]

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Analysis of the Film Good Will Hunting

- Set in South Boston, Good Will Hunting is about Will Hunting (Matt Damon), a young man who immerses himself in books, drinking and friends to escape his anger and frustration stemming largely from his past experiences with abusive foster families. Will and his best friend, Chuckie Sullivan (Ben Affleck), hang out together with their small group of friends in impoverished areas of Boston, drinking and occasionally fighting down in Southie. Will works menial jobs, hiding his incredible genius (such as a talent for memorizing facts and an intuitive ability to solve complex math equations)....   [tags: Film Analysis]

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12 Angry Men Film, Directed by Sidney Lumet

- Juror #3: In many ways, he is the opponent to the basically composed Juror #8. Juror #3 talks about the simplicity of the case and the obvious guilt of the defendant as soon as he enters the jury room. He loses his temper easily and flies off the handle when Juror #8 and other jurors disagree with his opinions. He believes that the defendant is absolutely guilty until the conclusion of the movie. His poor relationship with his own son may have been a factor in his resistance to the reasonable doubt issues that were brought up....   [tags: film review and character analysis]

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Movie Essays - Shakespeare's Henry Plays - A Comparative Study of Falstaff on Film

- Shakespeare's Henry Plays - A Comparative Study of Falstaff on Film The Character of Sir John Falstaff is an integral part of any adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry" plays. The treatment of this character effects the way the production will be taken by the audience as the treatment of Falstaff is directly related to the understanding of the character of Prince Hal (later Henry V). Kenneth Branagh's Henry V, the BBC versions of parts one and two of Henry IV, and Orson Welles' amalgamation Chimes at Midnight all show Falstaff in different lights, producing three different takes, not only on the character himself, but also on the interpretation of Prince Hal, and the entire workings of the...   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast]

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Comparing Love in the Film, Secrets and Lies and Toni Morrison's Beloved

- Possessive Love in Secrets and Lies and Beloved      The word “freedom” is subject to various degrees of interpretation in the sense that it can be used in more than one context.  One definition of freedom is the idea of having your own sense of self without the control of others.  On the other hand, a lack of freedom is the idea of feeling trapped and smothered in a situation one has no control over.  Freedom can relate to school, relationships, or even within oneself.  A lack of freedom can have nothing to do with other people but with the ball and chain that can be placed on by oneself.  Of course the outside world will be involved, but the pain of feeling trapped comes from the frust...   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast]

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Film Analysis of King Kong Produced by Merian C. Cooper

- Film Analysis of King Kong Produced by Merian C. Cooper A classic adventure-fantasy film in the earlier talking films is King Kong (1933). King Kong was conceived by director/producer Merian C. Cooper. Cooper tells the story of an attractive blonde woman and a frightening gigantic ape-monster who are immersed in a Beauty and the Beast type tale. A major section of the film is the struggle on Skull Island between the filmmakers, the islanders, and the other resident of the island. The other resident being a mutant creature who must also fight civilization when it is brought to New York City for display....   [tags: Film Analysis Movies King Kong Essays]

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Creating a Film

- The process for creating a film requires many people and a lot of time dedicated to the project, from development to pre-production, production, post-production, and to marketing and distribution, the steps that go into making a film are more complicated than one may think. The entire process begins in the development phase before actual filming, with the backbone of any film project being the screenplay, chosen by those who want to create the movie, the producers. It is the cheapest part of making the movie as well as being the most important aspect, telling the story (Tomaric 5)....   [tags: Development, Production, Marketing]

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Spike Lee Kevin Smith and Alfred Hitchcock as Film Auteurs

- Spike Lee Kevin Smith and Alfred Hitchcock as Film Auteurs In the film industry, there are directors who merely take someone else’s vision and express it in their own way on film, then there are those who take their own visions and use any means necessary to express their visions on film. The latter of these two types of directors are called auteurs. Not only do auteurs write the scripts from elements that they know and love in life, but they direct, produce, and sometimes act in their films as well....   [tags: Smith Hitchcock Auteur film Movies Essays]

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Sound in Film

- What is sound. What gives us the ability to listen to our favorite songs in the first place. The low tones that surround our ears and give songs that sense of emotion, the high tones that seem to pierce our very souls during the most emotional parts of the saddest songs. What is it and how does it play a part in making a film whole. And how were we able to capture this invisible phenomenon and put it into a film in the first place. Sound is created through a range of vibrations of air molecules....   [tags: cinematography, sound recording]

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The Importance of Individuality in the Film "The Dead Poets Society"

- “Boys, you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, ‘Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.’ Don't be resigned to that. Break out!”—John Keating (Robin Williams) As the above quote says, one should never be resigned to dullness, but instead you should break out and try something new. It is our differences that make us great. However, one cannot expect to be different if they never express themselves or speak up....   [tags: Film Analysis, Movies, Movie Analysis]

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Masculine and Authoritarian Leadership in the Film "The Devil Wears Prada"

- In the movie, “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006), Miranda Priestly, the editor in chief and CEO of “Runway” fashion magazine, played by Meryl Streep. Miranda uses masculine and authoritarian ways to do leadership; she is competitive, surly, vindictive, impatient, dominate, direct, task-oriented, meticulous, demanding, and brilliant. She is viewed as a devil boss partly because she is a woman. She manages by intimidating, “Does she have to manage her staff in that manner. Is being nasty an effective leadership style?" This is not about being nasty or nice – it is entirely about being achievement oriented by focusing on performance and organizational goals....   [tags: Movies, Film Analysis, Movie Analysis]

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Baz Luhrmann's Modernized Film Version of Romeo and Juliet

- What is the impression that comes to you when you think of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. I’ll tell you, you think of men in tights prancing around with their pointy swords but you are wrong, because an MTV director has now revitalised it with a new action- packed thrilling movie. He indulges the audience straight away with his music video background talents. You wonder what I mean by this well he uses cutting edge camera techniques and dynamic music setting. Baz Luhrmann’s opening sequence truly passes its expectations that we all expected, by creating a teeth gripping atmosphere and using effective and dramatic real life camera scenes....   [tags: Film Analysis, Movie, Movie Analysis]

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Precious: The Film

- The 2009 film directed by Lee Daniels, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, tells a story about the life of a 16-year-old, Claireece “Precious” Jones, who grew up in Harlem during the late 1980s. Precious lives a life that includes many sociological issues that have unarguably caused her great pain throughout her young life. Having endured poverty, sexual abuse, and verbal abuse her life has been far from perfect, but she realizes the need to defeat these negative sociological factors to achieve a life that seems to her as only a fantasy....   [tags: Cinema]

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Film: The Prestige

- ... That is why the prestige is the most important part of a trick, as mentioned in the movie. Taking Borden’s ‘The Transported Man’ as an example. In his trick, when he steps inside the door at one side of the stage, he can immediately come out from another door at the other side of the stage. In this case, what the audiences see is Borden stepping in a door and he stepping out from another door, as compared to a piece of solid wax and a piece of melted wax, they are both the truth. He accomplishes this by using a double, who is his look-alike twin brother....   [tags: summary, perception, truth, identity]

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Female Film Directors and the British Film Industry

- In this essay I will be discussing whether female filmmakers in Britain find it easier to make a documentary feature than a fiction feature film in the current British film industry. I will be referring to the opinions and films of Kim Longinotto, Carol Morley, Clio Barnard and Alison Stirling. I will also be looking at the statistics from film festivals and the British Film Institute, and interviews with various British female filmmakers. I will argue that documentaries are easier to make due to them being less expensive to make and not requiring a large crew....   [tags: female filmmakers in London]

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Faulkner’s Contradictory Roles as Father and Artist in the Film, William Faulkner: a Life on Paper

- Faulkner’s Contradictory Roles as Father and Artist in the Film, William Faulkner: a Life on Paper After viewing the film William Faulkner: a Life on Paper it would be easy to attempt a pseudo-psychoanalytic interpretation of Faulkner’s relationship with his daughter and the other women in his life, but I think that would do a disservice to him. The film focused on the contradiction between Faulkner’s personal life, especially his relationships with women, and his professional life as a writer....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]

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Film Analysis: The Film Bound written and directed by The Wachowskis

- How would mankind communicate to each other without names. Names are what describe people in terms of personality, traits, and association. That’s why names are immensely important and thus, used in films such as Bound, in order to create a deeper meaning in a character’s actions and personality. The film Bound is written and directed by The Wachowskis. The film is about two lesbians: ex-convict Corky, and lesbian prostitute Violet who is in a relationship with mob money-launderer Caesar but decides to escape from Caesar after meeting Corky for she fell in love with her the moment she sow her in the elevator....   [tags: femme, lesbians, names]

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Why the Film The Man of Steel is a Classical Hollywood Film

- The Golden Age of film or the Classical Hollywood way of storytelling contains five rules which are prevalent throughout the 2013 film, “Man of Steel.” These rules can be supported by connecting them with examples from the movie. In this film there are several examples and situations which reflect the entirety of a classical Hollywood film. In my opinion, I believe “Man of Steel” would be completely classified as a classical Hollywood film. Starting with rules one and two which presents actor Henry Cavill aka Clark Kent, a psychologically developed character who struggles with an interpersonal conflict along with obstacles he faces in the real world....   [tags: conflict, rules, resolution, plot]

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Faulkner’s Relationship with his Daughter as Displayed in the Film, William Faulkner: a Life on Pap

- Faulkner’s Relationship with his Daughter as Displayed in the Film, William Faulkner: a Life on Paper In William Faulkner, a Life on Paper, Faulkner seemed to be more a father to the literary works he produced than he was to his true daughter (or to the niece/ward who appeared in the film). His daughter Jill Faulkner Summers spoke of him in much the same manner as did the other people interviewed in the film. From the residents of Oxford, Mississippi to Lauren Bacall, everyone seemed to have some interesting or entertaining anecdote to relate about Faulkner and his eccentric ways....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]

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Racism in the Film Remember the Titans

- In the movie "Remember the Titans" there are many lessons that every person should learn in their life. One of the most important lessons is that of racism. In this day and age some people believe that racism is over because there are no longer any slaves, some people believe that there is still racism but that it is ok. I believe that those people would benefit a great deal from seeing this movie. I know that there is still racism, I also know that it is not ok. There is a scene in this movie where the coach takes the team on a long run in the middle of the night....   [tags: Movie Film Football Race]

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Film Essay - Cultural Turmoil in Francis Ford Coppola’s Movie, Apocalypse Now

- Cultural Turmoil in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now The era of the 1960’s was one of change, just like so many of the enduring songs say. With words like revolution and freedom being used to promote movements that changed our society forever. The most important being the Civil Rights movement, and arguably the most influential: the sexual revolution. While great new ideas and beliefs were starting to take root, morals and social constructs that had been established were endangered of being lost in the mix....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]

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Bias In Twelve Angry Men (Film)

- ‘It's very hard to keep personal prejudice out of a thing like this. And no matter where you run into it, prejudice obscures the truth.' [Juror 8, page 53] Perhaps this best sums up the basis of ‘Twelve Angry Men' by Reginald Rose. This play is about a young delinquent on trial for the murder of his abusive father. The jury must find him guilty if there is no reasonable doubt, and in turn, sentence him to death. ‘I don't envy your job. You are faced with a grave responsibility.' [Judge, page 1] People's bias and predispositions can affect their opinion of different circumstances and different people....   [tags: Movies Film]

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Film Review of Crash

- Mixed reviews on the Internet, big cast, multi-angled story, to me it sounded like a few other movies that have treaded the same ground but still very interesting. The talents of Paul Haggis and the exciting casting of Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, et al, attracted me to this movie and I am thankful that I ignored what the critics have said. The movie is a group of stories of different people that all connect through each other and all relate in some way. It's a strong story, and quite a controversial one....   [tags: Crash Movie Film Review]

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The Likelihood of Becoming a Film Editor

- Have you ever thought of what career path you would like to follow when you grow older. Everyday young people inch closer and closer to the time of decision for the career they would like to pursue for the rest of their life. This one decision can often be influenced by the current economy condition, your career of choice, amount of money and likelihood of actually being successful in your career choice, and the choices you may need to make to pursue you career path. The Recession and its’ effects In 2008 many people were changing and choosing to take a different career path due to unstable economic condition....   [tags: career, success, economy, recession]

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The Likelihood of Becoming a Film Editor

- ... The reason this debt occurred was because people were consistently splurging on items because the economy was doing so well but in the end failed to pay off their debt. So now as a result of that people tend to live within their means in order to stay out of debt. My career choice After much deliberation I have decided to pursue a career in film editing. A film editor is a mechanic who removes the unneeded and fits pieces of film together to make a finished movie. They work with cinematographers and sound editors to bring sight and sound together within a movie....   [tags: career, economy, money, recession]

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Sleepy Hollow: The Film and The Story

- Washington Irving’s short story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” was adapted into a movie titled “Sleepy Hollow” directed by Tim Burton nearly two centuries after the original publication. When the story was adapted as a film, several extensive changes were made. A short story easily read in one sitting was turned into a nearly two-hour thriller, mystery, and horror movie by incorporating new details and modifying the original version of the story. The short story relates the failed courtship of Katrina Van Tassel by Ichabod Crane....   [tags: Literary Comparison]

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Comparing The Lorax Book and Film

- Quite a while before “green” was the new black; Dr. Seuss wrote a cautionary story about trees. The Lorax, originally published in 1971 by Dr. Seuss, became a classic children’s book. The classic was recently turned into an animated film. In 2012, The Lorax film was made by directors Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda (“The Lorax”). The book and the film have the same basic storyline; however, there are a few differences. The Lorax film is more in depth than the book. The book, The Lorax went through many changes to become a film....   [tags: Dr. Seuss]

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Analysis of The Film Lone Survivor

- Based on a true story, the movie ‘Lone Survivor’ features four Navy SEALs that set out on a mission to Afghanistan with orders to capture and kill Taliban leader Ahmad Shah. The Navy SEALS are detected by villagers and the mission was compromised. Ultimately, the mission had been discovered and the men found themselves surrounded by dozens of Taliban soldiers. One of the Navy SEAL soldiers managed to dispatch to base and retrieve assistance but the Taliban shoot down the helicopter. During battle, three of the Navy SEAL soldiers were killed leaving one still alive....   [tags: navy seals, afghanistan, taliban leader]

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Film: Still The Better Choice

- The first photograph was taken by Joseph Niepce in 1814. This image required eight hours of light exposure and later faded shortly after (Bellis). Now, 200 years later, just about everyone has access to the technology required to take high resolution photographs instantly with the push of a button, but is this new technology really better than film. Digital cameras have made photography much simpler and more popular, but their convenience comes at the expense of photograph quality. Since there are so many different people, each with different ideas of what good photography is, who have access to cameras, there are countless different styles of photography and each one of these photographer...   [tags: Professional Photography, Digital Advancement]

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The Art of Film Making

- A film relies on the way directors have adapted their visions to the screen. When film first began there became a standard on how the film was filmed, and how the story was told. This led to the beginning of alternative practices in cinema. Stylistic devices that are found in alternative cinema led to the deconstruction of the classic Hollywood practice. These alternative film styles come about because of the extension of meaning. In alternative film every aspect of the film was put there for a meaning, and purpose....   [tags: movie techniques]

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The Process of Film Making

- The Process of Film Making Offering the unique ability to visually and audibly convey a story, films remain a cornerstone in modern society. Combined with a viewer’s desire to escape the everyday parameters of life, and the excitement of enthralling themselves deep into another world, many people enjoy what films stand to offer. With the rising popularity of films across the world, the amount of film makers increases every day. Many technological innovations mark the advancement of film making, but the essential process remains the same....   [tags: editing, footage, script]

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Film During the Great Depression

- During the Great Depression, people went to the movies to get their mind off things and to forget about things temporarily. Life was portrayed a few different ways during the Great Depression. Different genres of film gave different perspectives on what life was like. The three genres compared are comedy, gangster, and musical films. Room Service and Modern Times are two films in the comedy genre and they portrayed a worry-free lifestyle. The Public Enemy is a gangster film and it had a dangerous lifestyle....   [tags: movies, money, genres]

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The History of Film Making

- The History of Film The history of film making and how it’s important in today’s society. As a high school student, there are only so many ways things can interest you. Without proper entertainment in today’s society, viewers can be harder to grab on attention. There are things you need to know about the interest in the subject, what needs to be used, and everything in between. The history of film and photography go way back. It was much harder to create perfect shots or movies without edits. Over the years different people began to invent new ways to make films look better....   [tags: importance of movie edition]

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Film in a Digital Era

- It's strange, after being such an enthusiastic early adopter of digital cameras, I've found myself returning the the very first film camera I ever used. It was long before digital had caught on that I was lucky enough to own one of the first consumer grade digital cameras available. Although, it was a little out of date when it was given to me by a relative, I couldn't afford a digital camera at the time new or old. Not a lot of people bought them at the time, even if they could. I remember someone stopping me, asking "where's the viewfinder?" They were thinking it was some kind of dangerous device until I showed them pictures via the LCD screen....   [tags: Photography]

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