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Identifying a Comedy Film - Identifying a Comedy Film There are many different ways in which I can identify a comedy film. For instance, most comedy films would involve some other sort of genre with it such as Horror or Romance, maybe involving both or more. These genres also involve a story plot such as falling in love or an ambition to do something. Most comedy films usually end with a happy ending. It is unlikely that a comedy film will end with an unhappy ending as a comedy film is supposed to make the viewer enjoy themselves and have a laugh....   [tags: Film Analysis] 297 words
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Analysis of Racism in the Film Novia que te vea - Analysis of Racism in the Film Novia que te vea Novia que te vea is about two Jewish girls named Oshinica (Oshi) and Rifke that live in Mexico. The movie paints a picture of the Jewish community in the city of Mexico as it tells the story of the struggle of these two girls to find their identities. The movie starts out with Oshinica (Oshi) and her Sephardic conservative family coming to Mexico from Turkey. Even from the moment they step off the ship, the feeling of not belonging is very obvious....   [tags: Film Analysis] 298 words
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Function of Montage in the Film, The Night of the Hunter - Function of Montage in the Film, The Night of the Hunter In The Night of the Hunter various montages are utilized throughout the plot to capture the literal and figurative messages of the movie. The director uses montages to basically allow the audience to grasp the ideas that are being put forth. For instance, when the widow and Icy are talking about marriage plans with Harry Powell, clips of a train interrupt the seemingly continuous conversation. The two women discuss the joyous plans for the marriage and ironically this conversation gets interrupted by a runaway train....   [tags: Movie Film Essays] 346 words
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The Farce of the American Dream in Hawkes’ Original Film, Scarface - The Farce of the American Dream in Hawkes’ Original Film, Scarface In film, many times the auteur often uses the medium to convey a moral or make a social commentary. In the case of Howard Hawkes’s original version of Scarface, there is more being portrayed through the characters then merely the story. Hawkes makes a statement about the façade of organized crime, and the farce of the American Dream. Organized crime has developed a stigma regarding its power and influence, especially during its hay day in the 1930’s....   [tags: Movie Film Essays] 363 words
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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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Use of Doubles in the Film, Shadow of A Doubt - Use of Doubles in the Film, Shadow of A Doubt The film Shadow of A Doubt uses doubles, a film concept in which a shot is created and then later exposed once again in another frame. There are various scenes in the movie where doubles are used to imply different ideas. Three concrete examples of this effect include the scenes where Uncle Charlie and young Charlie wake up, the scenes where both Charlie’s say that telling Emma about Uncles evildoings will be hurtful, and the scene of the trains going in opposites directions of each other....   [tags: Movie Film Essays] 378 words
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The Use of Myths in the Film Scarface - The Use of Myths in the Film Scarface When I began thinking about the use of myths in the Howard Hawks film, Scarface, my first thoughts were about the portrayal of the myth of the American Dream. I started to write about it but then I began thinking about how I could relate this film to Greek Mythology. I thought of some interesting parallels between this story and the story of Icarus. In mythology Icarus is the son of the craftsman, Daedalus. King Minos of Crete imprisons Icarus and his father in a labyrinth that Daedalus, himself, created....   [tags: Movie Film Essays] 388 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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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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Response to the Film William Faulkner, a Life on Paper - Response to the Film William Faulkner, a Life on Paper My first response in general to the film is how utterly scary many of the people interviewed were. Coming from Central Florida, I can honestly say I am not from the Deep South, as there were several instances where someone was speaking in the film and I simply could not figure out what they were saying through their accent. Of the people interviewed who were not locals from Mississippi, many of the Hollywood representatives were decidedly more intelligible yet no less intimidating, many of them men I would not want to be stuck talking to in a party....   [tags: Movie Film Essays] 458 words
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Effective Use of Montage in the Film, The Night of the Hunter - Effective Use of Montage in the Film, The Night of the Hunter In the film The Night of the Hunter, director Charles Laughton uses montage on multiple occasions to create a variety of visual and emotional effects. Montage is used to slow time and create tension, as a foreshadowing device, and as a symbolic depiction of the film’s conflict. Towards the end of the film, when John and Pearl Harper escape from Preacher Harry Powell via the river, montage is skillfully utilized to slow time, thus enhancing the drama of the moment....   [tags: Movie Film Essays] 468 words
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The Futuristic Film, Bladerunner - The Futuristic Film, Bladerunner In this futuristic film, Harrison Ford is a Bladerunner, a man who by using an eye scanning machine and asking questions can determine if a person is really human or is rather genetically created. In the meantime, three of these non-humans find out they only have a four year lifespan and try to find a way, through foul means more than fair, to extend their lives. This culminates in a rather disturbing fight between the leader of these non-humans and Harrison Ford’s character....   [tags: Movie Film Essays] 480 words
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Pro-allied Elements in the Film, Casablanca - 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 Analysis, Movie Analysis] 483 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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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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Portrayal of Women in the Movie (Film), Metropolis - Portrayal of Women in the Movie (Film), Metropolis Women were represented in different ways throughout the movie Metropolis, but the underlying theme was women were seen as purely sexual. Maria was seen as the nurturer in the film, but also as a sexual object. She was the one who preached for peace and harmony down in the catacombs to the workers. Maria was also the nurturing maternal figure that was seen walking into the garden with all of the poor children. The vamp, on the other hand, was portrayed blatantly as a sexual object....   [tags: Movie Film Essays] 510 words
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Film Analysis: King Kong - King Kong was a revolutionary film, in the aspect of the music score it accompanied. Max Steiner known as “the father of film music,” was responsible to writing the legendary score for King Kong. Steiner made a revolutionary move in the way sound is presented in a movie by introducing “Mickey Mousing.” This concept is where the sound matches what is going on in screen, such as when the leader is walking towards the lady in the beginning of the movie; the music matches his footsteps. What is also interesting in King Kong was some scenes had action that did not require music—the fighting scene with the dinosaur....   [tags: film music, emotions] 523 words
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film - The film, El Norte, is a believable portrayal of a Guatemalan family’s struggles in the 1980s. The story is divided into three parts. The first part of the story takes place in a village in Guatemala. The Xuncax family is in danger when the father, an activist leader, helps organize the local workers. Because of the father’s activism and his attempt to preserve what rightfully belongs to them, he is murdered. The mother is then taken away by the army, never to be seen again. The brother, Enrique, and the sister, Rosa, are left behind in the village....   [tags: essays research papers] 529 words
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War Film Genre: Platon - ... The first and third narrative elements, the suspension of morality during times of war and the rivalry between men, while displayed throughout the film, becomes prevalent when his platoon discovers a food and weapons cache in a village. While searching this village, Taylor harasses and taunts a handicapped boy found hiding with his mother under the floorboards. Taylor, while tempted to go further, stops after harassing the boy, but another member of the platoon beats the boy to death with his rifle....   [tags: film analysis, battles, prisoners, training]
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Douglas Sirk´s Film - The peeling away of the honey-glazed aesthetic of Sirkian Melodrama to thoroughly examine the true core beneath is the task. Douglas Sirk’s films are expressive and suggestive in their examination of female sexual and emotional relationships. It must be considered what exactly a melodrama is and what type of audience the genre demands. Known worldwide to be part of a female cultural domain, the genre deals with the woman’s film from the early 30’s right up until the Sirkian territory of the 1950’s and 60’s....   [tags: film analysis, melodrama, female sex] 534 words
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Jim Jarmusch’s Film Deadman, as a Manipulated Western - Jim Jarmusch’s Film Deadman, as a Manipulated Western Director Jim Jarmusch’s film Deadman displays many of the accepted conventions for Western genre films, but manipulated in such a way as to create a revisionist, rather than a classical, western. The most obvious example of this manipulation are the characterizations of the hero, William Blake, and his Native American partner, Nobody. Blake is an awkward easterner who travels westward unaware of the different rules governing western life, instead of the rugged, knowledgeable outdoorsman who “does what he has to do” to defend justice and honor....   [tags: Movie Film Essays] 549 words
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Mike Nichols' Film, Wit - Mike Nichols' Film, Wit In the film Wit, directed by Mike Nichols, Emma Thompson (Vivian Bearing) is portrayed as a woman professor who had dedicated her life to teaching and studying John Donne and his sonnets. She was about 48 years old and was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer. This film showed us some of the hard decisions that Vivian had to make such as when she agrees to the radical and painful chemotherapy. The film showed us the changes she went through like in her body and mind (hair, weakness, weight, color etc.)....   [tags: Film Movies] 560 words
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Pointless Violence in the Movie (Film), Natural Born Killers - Pointless Violence in the Movie (Film), Natural Born Killers Daily, the public is bombarded with violence, not only on television, but also in other media, such as newspapers and tabloids. Natural Born Killers, a prime example of violence in the media, is a movie about two lovers, Mickey and Mallory Knox, who go on a killing spree across the Southwest. The movie takes a satirical look at how the media romanticizes violent crimes. Natural Born Killers has sparked a lot of controversy, as seen in the opposing views of Richard Corliss and Richard A....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]
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Jim Jarmusch’s Unique Western Film, Deadman - Jim Jarmusch’s Unique Western Film, Deadman In Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man, he pays homage to the classic style of western films while taking his own eccentric take that puts the film in a league of its own. With a combination of elements related to the western genre and a genre Jarmusch creates all on his own, the viewer can begin to explore and appreciate the unique film, Dead Man. Although the scenery of isolated towns, mystic rivers, and endless forests is consistent with the western genre, the philosophical tone of the movie is not....   [tags: Movie Film Essays] 570 words
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Finding Friendship in the film Finding Forrester - Finding Friendship in the Film Finding Forrester In Finding Forrester a movie that takes place in the Bronx, there are two main characters, William Forrester and Jamal Wallace who find friendship in an unlikely way because of their passion for reading and writing. Though both are very different from each other they are drawn together by similar interests. The characters are different in many ways; Forrester is a male Caucasian in his mid seventies who graduated from Columbia University and lives by himself....   [tags: Papers Movie Film Essays Comparison] 573 words
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George Roy Hill's Film, The Sting - George Roy Hill's Film (Movie), The Sting      The Sting is a classic story of revenge for the death of a good friend. Instead of the revenge being an eye for an eye, Hill has the leading characters get their revenge by coning the ,man responsible for the death, out of his money. Within the first ten minutes you are grabbed into the film. Hill breaks the conformity of other films by making the leading characters con-men. This is very different from other films because these men should not be looked at as the good guys but just the opposite....   [tags: Movie Film Essays] 575 words
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Film - Everyone lives in a different reality, that is why people enjoy watching movies. It gives insight into the world’s of others. Film directors strive to portray their characters’ lives as believable as possible. Many help set up the authenticity with costumes and such. In The Governess Goldbacher sets the historical reality with subtle elegance. In the scene where Rosina enters the dining area to inform her employers of her departure, all are dressed in attire associated with the English Victorian era....   [tags: essays research papers] 587 words
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Mike Nichols' Film, Regarding Henry - Mike Nichols' Film, Regarding Henry Life can change in an instant. One second you are a successful and ruthless lawyer, the next you’re a simple man with absolutely no memory of who or where you are. The film “Regarding Henry” shows this perfectly as it travels through the life of a man named Henry Turner. The main focus of the film is how important family life is. Before the accident, Henry hardly even knew his daughter and almost never spoke to her. At the start of the film the father-daughter relationship was very weak, he would never speak to her when he came home from work because he didn’t have time, but when he did he lectured to her - like when she spilled grape juice on his “prize...   [tags: Film Movies] 593 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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Fact vs. Fiction in the Movie (Film), Jurassic Park - Fact vs. Fiction in the Movie (Film), Jurassic Park In Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park, dinosaurs come to life on the big screen for audiences' worldwide.  Millions have watched this film, but what number of them have halted to wonder at the truth behind the story?  How many have stopped to think whether the dinosaurs are portrayed correctly within a scientific aspect?  Unbeknownst to many, there are a number of mistakes in Spielberg's film regarding the dinosaurs, from how they were recreated to their common names....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]
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Japanese Samurai Film Genre - ... This could be related to past situations of the katana resembling war or even power. Another example was when kyuzo the samurai killed another samurai with one strike of the katana. This resembled its power and could also influence the audience in showing how powerful the weapon is. When the sword is featured in scenes its characteristics are that the sword looks long and sharp. The setting of the film also makes the katana look powerful. The samurai have the katana and the peasants that have nothing but homemade spears and themselves....   [tags: film analysis, seven samurai] 599 words
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Hayao Miyazaki and Animated Film - ... The company manufactured parts for warplanes that were used during World War II. Miyazaki had three brothers which also worked for Miyazaki Airplanes. Miyzaki’s mother, Dola suffered from spinal tuberculosis for about nine years, which of course caused a distant relationship and led to his mother being admitted into the hospital for long periods of time. Something that has always upset Miyazaki was that his family profited from Japan’s efforts in the War, his intense dislike for violence and militarism have been displayed in a few of his films as well....   [tags: notorious Japanese film directors, producers] 605 words
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Gothic Elements Illustrated in the Film, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” - What gothic features help develop the dark and mysterious nature of the film “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”. There are a number of gothic aspects of “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” that help to develop the dark and mysterious nature of the film. Examples of this can be found in the characters and how the dramatic contrasts between good and bad are displayed through gothic personality traits, their physical appearances and mysterious pasts. This type of gothic can also be found in many locations in the text that portray an essence of the unknown, and also possess a dark emptiness that creates fear and therefore building gothic potential....   [tags: movies, film analysis] 607 words
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The Evolution of Digital Film - ... (1) However it wasn’t actually Parkes that patented celluloid. John Wesley Hyatt an inventor and his brother Isaiah who actually patented their material as celluloid. So celluloid originated from New Jersey in the United States. Celluloid was actually created to become a replacement for the use of ivory in many products. However is made its way into film industry later on. This was primarily down to the work of John H. Stevens. “John H. Stevens was a chemist at the Celluloid Manufacturing Company” ....   [tags: celluloid film, digital cinema] 619 words
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Japanese Samurai Film Genre - ... The katana is the main weapon that samurai use and they carry it on them no matter what they are doing, eating, sleeping and most importantly when they are in battle. In the film you never see any of the samurai without their swords and at the end there is a long shot of the four samurai’s graves showing the katana sticking out of each grave. This shows that all samurai carry their katana with them, dead or alive; they take tradition very seriously and never part with their swords. There is a scene in the film where Kambei draws his katana out from under his clothes when the farmers say that they are not going to help, when Kambei pulls out his sword the villagers cower and run back into...   [tags: film analysis, katana, sword] 632 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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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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The Classic ‘Lighting’ of the Era of the Film Noir - ... Norma desires herself as a queen in her head and reality with the usage of her wealth, this passion is emphasized. Max, the butler & ex-husband will protect the queen. When Joe and Norma are dancing on New Years Eve, Norma’s veil irritates Joe. Norma tosses it aside but Max is quickly to retrieve it from the floor (Veil = Crown). Another thing that I noticed was Norma’s resistant to change in film, when she finds herself sitting in the directors seat in the Paramount Pictures studio, as microphone moves towards her, Norma pushes it away thus showing us how she feels about the new-age film as she is a star of the silent era....   [tags: expressionism, desire, film analysis] 642 words
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The Experimental Film, Fallen Angels - The Experimental Film, Fallen Angels This experimental film makes use of a variety of camera shots to create a unique story that is at times funny, at times violent, and at times sad. It follows a man and a woman who are business partners; he is a hit man and she tells him the target. They are attracted to each other, but he does not want to start a relationship for fear it will destroy their business relationship. He finds another girl and in the end decides to end the business relationship because his partner can not get over him....   [tags: Movie Film Essays] 644 words
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Cleo 5 to 7 as a New Wave Film - Cleo 5 to 7 as a New Wave Film Agnes Varda is not only one of the few female directors of new wave cinema; she is also credited as having helped create the genre. Her short film La Point–Courte is considered by some as the first new wave film. Her first full length movie, Cleo 5 to 7 falls within this genre as well. It is the story of a young woman dying of cancer and how she sees the world in the context of time. We follow the singer Cleo as she changes into the woman Flora and as she does so she begins to look at time in a different manner....   [tags: Movie Film Essays] 649 words
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My Start in the Film Industry - In High school, my musical theater teacher, Ms. Renee Bucciarelli said to me during a rehearsal, “Matthew, don’t worry about the details around you-focus on your performance.” But I enjoyed the process of overseeing a production until its completion. When I performed I did not feel the same passion as I felt during the process it took to produce the actual project. Ms. Bucciarelli would always tell me, “I can see you have a production company some day.” I understood that I enjoyed creating projects, but I did not understand the premise of being a producer....   [tags: multi-media, production, film, television] 667 words
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Film - Film Legalization: A Debate In the United States today, there is much controversy about the legalization of certain drugs. In a book written by Eliot Marshal entitled Legalization: A Debate, he talks about such circumstances. Not only does he just talk about the U.S., but the laws on drugs around the world. “Laws regulating drug use vary widely from country to country. In Malaysia, for example, substance abuse is a violation of religious law and drug trafficking is automatically punished by death....   [tags: essays papers] 707 words
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The Power Sruggle in the Film, Matewan - The Power Sruggle in the Film, Matewan The film Matewan brings to life the workings of a small West Virginia coal-mining town in the 1920's. Stone Mountain, as the town was called, existed for mining exclusively. Every resident of the town worked for the Stone Mountain Coal Company. The company was the dominant force in the community, acting as a feudal lord. It owned all the land, residential areas and restaurants. In this particular town residents had no other choice than to work for the Coal Company because it had monopoly control over all the resources thus creating a feudal economic system....   [tags: Film Movies Business Management] 727 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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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 Analysis, Movie Analysis] 750 words
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Taking a Look at Photographic Film - ... It is a strip of transparent plastic material that is coated on one side of it with a gelatinous emulsion. It is a light sensitive colloid that contains microscopic sized particles of silver halide. The sensitivity, contrast and the resolution of the particular film is determined by these crystals that are present in the emulsion. This type of emulsion is not actually a true emulsion. It is a suspension of light sensitive crystals of silver halide in a solution usually made up of gelatin. The silver halides can be either one or a mixture of chloride, bromide or iodide....   [tags: negative film, transparencies] 760 words
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Silent Film Meets the Talkies: A Brief History - Silent Film Meets the Talkies: A Brief History A gambling man, Governor Leland Stanford of California needed visual proof to win a bet he had eagerly placed. Governor Stanford firmly believed that at some point in their stride, horses had all four hooves off the ground at the same time. After hiring a photographer who was to no avail, the Governor brought in John D. Isaacs, the chief engineer for the Southern Pacific Railroad, to have a look at the situation. Isaacs decided to rig up a system of magnetic releases to trigger a series of cameras, twelve total, as the horse ran down the track (Everson, 17)....   [tags: Film Movie Movies Technology]
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Analysis of the Film Good Will Hunting - Good Will Hunting The movie Good Will Hunting shows a dramatic relationship between a teacher and student and also relationship's between fellow teachers. The film helps you grow with the characters in order to anticipate and acknowledge the ways in which they interact with one another. It also incorporated the way that egos develop and arise due to relationships and how they can interact with the daily lives of people. The teacher – teacher relationship between Dr. Sean Maguire (played by Robin Williams) and Professor Gerald Lambeau (played by Stellen Skarsgard) is an old friendship that has picked up after a long separation....   [tags: Film Analysis] 762 words
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John Pilger's film The Secret Country - John Pilger's film The Secret Country 1. Australia was regarded as empty land by the British because when the Europeans came to Australia they believed that because Aborigines didn't cultivate the land and were not seen to use the land in a normal, proprietarial sense and also because the Aborigines believed that they didn't own the land and they belonged to the land, the land therefore regarded as void. The law also states that Aboriginals didn't exist in 1788 and therefore no treaties could exist because the Aboriginals didn't exist....   [tags: Secret Country Movie Film] 817 words
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The Portrayal of Female Athletes Athletes in Film - The Portrayal of Female Athletes in Film Images of women in sport, and the cultural ideals of women have moved somewhat synchronously through time. As notions of women's roles and perceptions of women change, so too did the portrayal of female athletes, and the acceptance of female athleticism into cultural norms. Likewise, as women began breaking the gender barriers in sport, the perceptions of women's roles changed and the change in portrayal and perception, led to increased acceptance of women as athletes....   [tags: Film Movies] 834 words
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Race, Ethnicity, Art and Film - This paper tries to analyze race relations, ethnicity and how art and film relates to these social issues in their cultural context. Art and film have played vital roles in advocating for a society free of ethnicity and racism. Using vivid descriptions and evidence of both text and a movie this paper seeks to relate accordingly the concerned issues and factors affecting these social vices. It will demonstrate race and ethnic tendencies in diverse cultural contexts. As a demographic phenomenon, ethnicity is belonging to a specific ethnic group possessing distinct culture and common origin....   [tags: Film Studies]
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