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Edwin S. Porter, D. W. Griffith, and George Melies Film Techniques - Edwin S.Porter Edwin S. Porter contributed the following editing styles and techniques to film. He used a dissolve between every shot just and he frequently had the same action repeated across the dissolves. According to Filmrefrence.com “Edison Company’s new Vitascope projector in Indiana and California, and Porter worked with them as a projectionist in Los Angeles and Indianapolis. Later that year he went to work for Raff & Gammon in New York but left after the Edison Company broke with Raff & Gammon....   [tags: film, movies, camera setup]
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Comparing Orwell's Novel 1984 And Gilliam's Film Brazil - There are awfully similar moments between George Orwell's novel 1984, and Terry Gilliam's film Brazil. The perspectives of governments in both plots are surprisingly similar because both stories have fascist governments. Both governments are similar in their ways of controlling their citizens, solving their problems and both can connect to a real life growing concern of government control in Europe. Orwell's government is one of which is purely fascist but their only goal is thought control. To the Ingsoc party, nothing but the control of thought matters....   [tags: George Orwell, Terry Gilliam, Film Analysis]
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Film Review Mona Lisa Smile - Mona Lisa Smile. Dir. by Mike Newell. Columbia Pictures, 2003. In the movie, Mona Lisa Smile directed by Mike Newell, a new art history professor at Wellesley College teaches her female students alternatives to their seemingly preordained futures as wives and mothers. In this paper we will examine women's roles in the 1950's through Mona Lisa Smile and compare this film to actual experiences of Wellesley collage graduates. In 1953, a time when women's roles were rigidly defined, free-spirited, art history professor Katherine Watson (Julia Roberts) begins teaching her dream job at Wellesley College....   [tags: Movies Film] 1056 words
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The Film Swades by Ashutosh Gowariker - Swades After the international success (including an Academy Award nomination) of Lagaan (2001), writer-producer-director Ashutosh Gowariker’s follow-up is at first glance a very different film: whereas Lagaan gave new life to the Hindi “historical” film by being located entirely in 1893 and in Champaner, an imaginary Indian village, Swades opens with a shot of the globe that zooms down into contemporary Washington DC, where its hero, so unlike the earlier film’s simple villager Bhuvan, is a manager working on NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement project....   [tags: India Indian Film Movies Cinema]
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The War Experience in Italian Film - The War Experience in Italian Film The experience of war as it is presented throughout the history of Italian cinema is a uniquely composite display of historical reverence and cultural consecration. An analysis of this experience in all of its manifestations can be discerned from the evaluation of one or several works from the post-World War II period within the corpus of the Italian cultural signification. It follows from this approach that the essence of the results of this analysis will then represent an appreciative grasp of the aforementioned corpus....   [tags: Italian Italy Cinema Movies Film]
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Film Review: Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington - In Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, a naïve Jefferson Smith sets off for Washington D.C. as a United States Senator, where he learns that politics is not as transparent as it may seem. Released in 1939, one of the most successful years for film, Mr. Smith became a smash hit, easily becoming the second largest blockbuster of that year. However, 1939 was also the year World War II had started, and coupled with the war’s association with the Great Depression, the hit film was bound to cause conflict and controversy among the viewing public, which included global audiences....   [tags: Film Studies, Cinematography]
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The Quiet American- Film and Novel - Philip Noyce's adaptation of Graham Greene's novel The Quiet American to film was a large success. It stayed true to the script, and kept the basic essence of the characters; pulling them from the pages of the book and creating them visually into marvels on screen. The earlier film made on the book was made in 1958 by Joseph Mankiewicz. Fowler was played by Michael Redgrave, with Audie Murphy as Pyle. This version was forced to reverse Greene's political stand taken in the book however, meaning it had no-where near as much impact as Noyce's production....   [tags: Film Movie Novel Compare Contrast] 1060 words
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Analysis of film Shakespeare in Love - Analysis of film Shakespeare in Love The film 'Shakespeare in Love' shows that even in the 21st century Elizabethan drama impacts its audience as it did in the 1500's. The film captured England and the important influence of Elizabeth I during the Renaissance period. Even though Queen Elizabeth didn't have a major role in the film, her characteristics were displayed through the main heroine, Lady Viola. Lady Viola and Elizabeth were both courageous, well-educated women of the upper class....   [tags: Film Movie Shakespeare Essays Papers]
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Irish Autobiographies Adapted for Film - Irish Autobiographies Adapted for Film This image of mid-twentieth century Ireland embodied in the themes of emigration, cultural isolation, economic depression, literary censorship and religious conservatism have become a fixed concept in the collective imaginative and cultural production. At the start of the twenty-first century, far from seeking to exorcise such associations, Joe Cleary has noted that "the period is repeatedly evoked because it serves as the definitive image of the anti-modern which a modernizing Ireland needed both to define itself against and to transcend" (114)....   [tags: Film Movie Cinematography Video Ireland]
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Michael Mann's Film Ali - "You can order this fully poseable 12' Muhammad Ali action figure with removable white trunks & cloth robe at Hasbro Collectors.com" (Advertisement Muhammad Ali Action Figure) [1] Starting Lineup molded a Muhammad Ali action figure from visual images of Ali in his prime. Everything -- from his body shape to boxing trunks -- was analyzed, recreated, and repackaged by the company. Basically, Starting Lineup took the "real" Ali and made a physical three-dimensional image out of him. The final product is the smiling world champion known to millions around the world, but there are many limitations to the recreated toy....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]
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The Film Inception: Is It Possible to Control and Manipulate a Dream or Someone Else’s? - “What is the most resilient parasite. Bacteria. A virus. An intestinal worm. An idea. Resilient... highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it's almost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed - fully understood - that sticks; right in there somewhere.” (Inception. Christopher Nolan. Emma Thomas. Film. Warner Bros Pictures.) And who can deny the ideas put into everyone’s mind that watched “Inception”. Begging the question, Is it possible to control and manipulate a dream or someone else’s....   [tags: film analysis, dream, idea]
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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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Review of the Film, A Beautiful Mind - This was a superb movie although it was not original from the standpoint of being the first movie about schizophrenia, it was first the time I have seen this sickness manifest itself like that. The movie was based on a true story about a brilliant mathematician John Nash, who was suffering from a very severe case of schizophrenia for many years un-noticed, it began in his teenage years. He believed that he was secretly working with the government to break Russian codes. Eventually, the situation got out of control....   [tags: Movie Film Beautiful Mind Essays] 909 words
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Feminism In The Crime Film Genre - Feminism In The Crime Film Genre Throughout motion picture history, women have experienced more transition in their roles, as a result of changing societal norms, than any other class. At first, both society and the movie industry preached that women should be dependent on men and remain in the home, in order to guarantee stability in the community and the family. As time passed and attitudes changed, women were beginning to be depicted as strong willed, independent minded characters, who were eager to break away from convention....   [tags: Women Females Movies Film Essays] 2065 words
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Technology in the film Tron - Technology in the film Tron Introduction The purpose of my project is to discover how technology is represented within the film Tron. To answer this research question, I viewed and analyzed the movie and incorporated information from the text and various websites. While studying this film, I took into consideration factors such as images and language used, how technology is related to society, and what symbols the creator used to convey certain qualities of technology. In this research paper, I will begin by explaining the significance of this project and my areas of research....   [tags: Film Movie Tron Technology Essays]
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A Long Time Ago in a Film Format Far, Far Away - With a majority of moviegoers not even realizes that the film that is going to be projected could be a print film reel or a digital copy of the film on a disc, should it be wrong to have one format completely replace the other. Since 1892, 35-milimeter celluloid print films was the dominant form of technology in the film industry for making and distributing movies (Alan). As time went on and technology grew, the format of digital cinema became more popular due to the accessibility of buying a digital camera and ease of filming and editing a movie more efficiently....   [tags: digital movie making, traditional film ] 969 words
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Chinatown as Film Noir - 'Chinatown' as Film Noir      Films that are classified as being in the film noir genre all share some basic characteristics. There is generally a voice-over throughout the film in order to guide the audience's perceptions. These movies also involve a crime and a detective who is trying to figure out the truth in the situation. This detective usually encounters a femme fatale who seduces him. However, the most distinctive feature of the film noir genre is the abundance of darkness.             Roman Polanski's 1974 film, 'Chinatown', revolutionized the film noir genre....   [tags: Film Noir Chinator Analysis Essays] 853 words
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Film Festival Start Ups - Film Festival Start ups Silicon Valley fairly bursts with life and energy. Everywhere you look new companies, ideas and innovations are on the move and on the rise. Welcome to the land of start ups; small companies with a dream who survive and thrive by skill, luck and sheer tenacity. While the term usually describes high tech concepts, start-ups abound in the Valley - from the small catering company on the comer to the neighborhood printing shop down the street to the local film festival. Yes, that's right - film festival....   [tags: Movies Films Film Festivals Essays]
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Franco Zefferelli's film Hamlet - Franco Zefferelli's film Hamlet Franco Zefferelli’s film, Hamlet, adapted from Shakespeare’s text, Mel Gibson’s Hamlet, struts and frets his life in Denmark, convincing almost everyone that he is “mad.” The film bases the question of whether or not Hamlet is actually insane almost solely on Gibson’s acting interpretations, but Zefferelli’s editing choices assist in making the point that Hamlet is not insane, but either in a fog of confusion and anger from his grief, or pretending to be mad to manipulate others....   [tags: Film Movie Hamlet Zefferelli Essays] 949 words
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An Evaluation of the Three Most Prominent Scenes in the Film The Color Purple - In in 1985, Steven Spielberg directed a film adaptation of the Alice Walker’s award winning novel, The Color Purple. The story follows young black woman by the name of Celie throughout the duration of her life. It follows her through the births of her two children, both of which were taken from her. It continues on as she loses what little family she had considered herself possessing, and it watches as she tries her best to gain the support of those around her in order to build that family back up once again....   [tags: Steven Spielberg film adaptations of books] 977 words
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Portrait of a Lady - From Novel to Film - Portrait of a Lady - From Novel to Film Jane Campion's most recent film, Portrait of a Lady (1996), offers a distinct departure from her previous work, The Piano (1993), with which some critics have found fault. In her 1998 article, for example, while commending Campion for introducing two characters able to renounce the gender warfare that characterizes Western culture, Diane Long Hoeveler criticizes Campion for celebrating marriage, the idea that women cannot survive without a man at the center of their lives (Hoeveler 110, 114)....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]
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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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Power and Perception of Africa in the film Yeelen - Power and Perception of Africa in the film Yeelen       As the sun is the giver of life and sometimes the taker, light has come to represent life, death, rebirth, along with both good and evil. In the film Yeelen (1987) it is no surprise that the title carries the most important theme of the movie. Yeelen in English means brightness. Throughout the film, images of light appear, ranging from the most obvious manifestation of the word, the sun, to other, more abstract forms, such as eggs. These images of luminosity highlight the film's major ideas about existence, righteousness, and the circular nature of life....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]
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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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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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New Classics of the Horror Film Genre - Dracula. Frankenstein. Godzilla. These monsters no longer strike fear into the hearts of viewers as they once did. Formerly the villains of the classic "monster movie," these relics, who now represent all that is archaic in horror film history. The monster movie of the past makes way for the thriller or slasher movie of the present, while the monster villain gives its role to the deranged, psychotic serial killer. Friday the 13th series, Nightmare on Elm Street, Copycat and Seven have become the new classics in the genre of the horror film....   [tags: Pleasures of Horror Film Viewing]
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Avoiding the Use of Terrorism in American Film - Avoiding the Use of Terrorism in American Film With the events of September 11th, 2001 still heavy on our minds, many wonder what will become of the violent entertainment that we as a culture have so recently enjoyed. Many audience members cheered for the mass destruction of major landmarks as witnessed in such special effects extravaganzas as Independence Day (1996), Armageddon (1998), and Deep Impact (1998), but now watching those images is difficult after seeing it for real. More difficult will be watching films in which acts of violence are committed by terrorist groups, especially those of Arab affiliation....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]
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Themes, Symbols and Characters Depicted in the Film, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - The feature film, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, directed by Andrew Adamson is a fantasy film which relates the adventures of the four Pevensie children in a mystical land. The film explores the Christian theme of sacrifice and the ideals of family love, loyalty and the triumph of good over evil. Aslan, Peter and Edmund Pevensie function to develop these themes. Through the filmic language used to construct the characters Adamson reveals the importance of being brave, unselfish and loving....   [tags: movies, film review, movie review] 1222 words
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Comparing Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and Michael Radford's Film, 1984 - Margaret Atwood’s depiction of the future in The Handmaid's Tale is extremely bleak and forlorn; this oppressive atmosphere has been created by the development of an independent nation - Gilead - inside the U.S, which is governed by a totalitarian fundamentalist Christian sect. This dystopian text is the brainchild of a series of experimental social ideas which have given birth to a science-fiction novel, which satirises mainly the folly of human characteristics rather than the misuse of technology....   [tags: Compare/Contrast, Film Analysis, Movies] 1191 words
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Film Analysis of High and Low - Film Analysis of High and Low Film 1010 Mise en scene is a stylistic form of filming that is French for “staging the shot”, which is referring to everything in front of the camera. Director Kurosawa understood this style and used it in High and Low (Kurosawa, 1962). He used several Mise en scene techniques such as closed composition, space manipulation, and lighting to compliment the crime thriller story. Closed composition is one of the main themes that Kurosawa uses throughout the movie....   [tags: Film Analysis Movies High and Low Essays] 1204 words
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Emotion in Japanese Film Fireworks - Emotion in Japanese Film Fireworks "He shows no sign of joy or anger" -- phrase used to describe a samurai (quoted in Nitobe 94). Bushido is a Japanese term for the samurai code of behavior that includes the ideal of self-control. Central to this ideal is the consideration that it is "unmanly" for a samurai to display his emotions on his face (Nitobe 94). This traditional aspect of behaviour penetrates deep into contemporary Japanese culture. By examining Fireworks, a Japanese film of the 1990s, we can observe how the idealized image of the samurai transplants itself into a contemporary gangster film (jakuzza-geki)....   [tags: Film Movies Movie Films Fireworks Japan Essays] 1613 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 of All That Heaven Allows - Film Analysis of All That Heaven Allows Chosen sequence: Golden Rain Tree/Cary's bedroom scene. Before the emergence of 'auteur theory' the director Douglas Sirk was a renowned exponent of classical Hollywood narrative, particularly in the genre of romantic melodrama, of which his film All That Heaven Allows is a classic example. However, he is now regarded as a master of mise-en-scene, one of the few tools left to a director working within the constraints of the Hollywood studio/institutional system who is now thought to have been highly critical of American mainstream culture and society in this prosperous era....   [tags: Papers Movie Film Cinematography]
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Film Analysis of Jaws by Steven Spielberg - Film Analysis of Jaws by Steven Spielberg The film Jaws was directed by Steven Spielberg from the best selling novel by Peter Benchley. The film was set in Massachusetts resort town of Amity Island in the height of the beach season. When the resort was terrorized one summer by surprise attacks from a great white shark. John Williams created the score to Jaws, which has since become a well-known theme to in depending doom. The film is generally considered one of the scariest movies ever made....   [tags: Movie Film Papers] 2100 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 Film My Girl - The 1991 movie My Girl tells the story of 11-year-old Vada Sultenfuss who, having lost her mother at birth , lives with her dementia-ridden grandmother and her job-oriented father in the funeral parlour that he owns and operates. The story follows Vada, an extreme hypochondriac who has many strange misconceptions about death, through a variety of life-changing experiences, including the engagement of her father and the devastating loss of her best friend, Thomas Jay. Through these experiences, the audience witnesses Vada’s social, emotional, and intellectual growth, as well as her changing views of death....   [tags: Film Movie Analysis My Girl] 1939 words
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Gender Confusion in Hitchcock's Film, Vertigo - Gender Confusion in Hitchcock's Film, Vertigo Post World War II America was a society full of anxiety. In the late 1950s Americans were deeply troubled by so many social shifts. Major changes were occurring both internally and externally. They were in the midst of the Cold War, and were vastly approaching the atomic age. There was a communist scare and fear of Russian expansion. Joseph McCarthy was hunting down major celebrities for their communist involvement and the 'Red Influence' seemed to be everywhere....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]
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Hustler - Censoring a Film about Censorship - [1] The People vs. Larry Flynt celebrates America for “being the strongest country in the world today only because we are the freest,” as Flynt once said. The problem is, that while the film triumphantly exhibits the (seemingly obvious) “evils of censorship,” it hypocritically censors out the most controversial parts. The film champions free speech yet is not able to visually depict the potentially harmful material that the First Amendment defends. The content in Flynt’s Hustler magazine absolutely, positively, requires the protection of the First Amendment....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]
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Love and Death in Cocteau's Film Orpheus - Love and Death in Cocteau's Film Orpheus In Jean Cocteau's Orpheus, death is personified through the character of the Princess. The Princess is an extremely powerful figure, although she ultimately succumbs to the power of love. Cocteau uses her actions, clothing, and dialogue to show her as a contradictory mix of being both very powerful, yet still very vulnerable to the power of love. The main tool used by Cocteau to demonstrate this are her actions. Although she claims that she is not allowed to love, she is in fact in love with Orpheus....   [tags: Movie Film Essays] 915 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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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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Cross-Cultural Film Analysis - Gattaca - Cross Cultural Film Analysis - Gattaca Film Summary Vincent is destined to be a second class citizen, conceived naturally, rather than in a laboratory. He is born into a world which discriminates against genetics, rather than religion, race or gender. In order to gain access into the Gattaca Corporation and reach his dream of going to Titan he takes on the identity of Jerome Morrow, a person with ideal genes but crippled from an accident. He uses Jerome’s hair, blood, urine and skin to pass all tests and is set to reach his lifelong desire when the mission director is murdered....   [tags: Film Movie Analysis] 1219 words
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Film Report On 'American Me': A Therapeutic Perspective - Film Report on American Me: A Therapeutic Perspective "American Me" is a fictional film having a factual basis, starring and directed by Edward James Olmos. Released to the national theater circuit in 1992, "American Me" depicts the life of Rodolfo Cadena, a ranking Carnal (gang member) in the prison gang La Eme, also known as the Mexican Mafia. To therapeutically approach the salience and pervasiveness of gang membership, including its allure and reinforcers, would be a challenging task for any human service practitioner involving accuracy of assessment and effectiveness of treatment....   [tags: Movies Film] 1263 words
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Blade Runner as a Classic Film Noir and a Science Fiction Film - Blade Runner as a Classic Film Noir and a Science Fiction Film Blade Runner, a well known 80’s science-fiction film, begins in 2019, set in the industrial city of L.A., the scene lit only by the many neon lights and molten guisers. We draw in from a panoramic long shot to Deckard, ‘ex-cop, ex-killer, ex-blade-runner’, who is at the heart of this film. Blade Runner is, definitively, a science fiction film, but the traits of Film Noir are the bread and butter, bringing it the dark, desperate atmosphere that is the very beauty of the film....   [tags: Blade Runner Movie Film Essays] 1045 words
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Depiction of Latinos in 20th Century Film - Depiction of Latinos in 20th Century Film Graphs Not Included Over the course of this past century, the depictions of assimilated Latino characters has improved a great deal. Early portrayals of Latino assimilation generally proved to be a montage of unrealistic caricatures which seemed to convey the filmmaker's creativity more so than true representations. This formed the manner in which the American people at large viewed not just Latino characters attempting to assimilate, but also those who were not....   [tags: Latino Portrayal Film Movies Essays] 2420 words
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Discrimination and Misrepresentation of Minority Races in Film - Discrimination and Misrepresentation of Minority Races in Film Racists often believe that alternative races are inferior. Stuart Hall, an expert in the field of cultural studies who is also interested in media studies, believes that it is difficult to completely eliminate race as a "floating signifier" because it is impossible to remove the obvious physical differences of distinct races. These distinctions are made increasingly aware by filmmakers to their audiences in such films as West Side Story, Birth of a Nation, Gringo in Mananaland, and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse....   [tags: Movies Film films Cinema essays] 2450 words
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Miami Film Noir - MIAMI NOIR We have much to learn from Mike Davis, CITY OF QUARTZ (Vintage, 1992) who discusses the paradoxical effects that the representations of Los Angeles in hardboiled novels and their translation into film noir cinema had on the image and myth of that city. Together they radically reworked the metaphorical figure of the city, using the crisis of the middle class (rarely the workers or the poor) to expose how the dream had become nightmare. . . . It is hard to exaggerate the damage which noir's dystopianization of Los Angeles, together with the exiles' [European intellectuals living and working in L.A.] denunciation of its counterfeit urbanity, inflicted upon the accumulated ideologica...   [tags: Film Cinema Movies]
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Trainspotting Film Analysis - Trainspotting presents an ostensible image of fractured society. The 1996 film opens, famously, with a series of postulated choices—variables, essentially, in the delineation of identity and opposition. Significant here is the tone in which these options are delivered—it might be considered the rhetorical voice of society, a playful exposition of the pressure placed on individuals to make the "correct" choices, to conform to expectation. As such, the introduction might be read as contributing to the formation of two narrative constructs: that of "normality"—or at least that considered "normality" by prevailing ideology—and that of "subnormality," the remainder....   [tags: Film Movie Analysis] 1226 words
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Review of film Amadeus - Review of film 'Amadeus' Amadeus is a movie based on the career and the death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Viennese during the 18th century. Throughout the film Antonio Salieri tells his story of his growing hatred for Mozart that eventually led to his ?murder?. Through out the rest of the movie you can see where Salieri is getting even more jealous of Mozart. Although Salieri was inspired to become Gods instrument the music of that time ?classical era. did not revolve around the church or God unlike the Medieval and Baroque periods....   [tags: Movie Film Composer Mozart Music Essays] 1003 words
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