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Film Review / Amadeus

  • 4 page paper

A 4 page essay reviewing and analyzing the film Amadeus. In this version of Mozart's biography, the story is told through a series of flashbacks as perceived by Mozart's chief antagonist, Salieri. Salieri's hatred and bitterness, which he harbors even after Mozart's death lead to the destruction of both men. No additional sources cited.

This paper explores Richard Condon's book and Frankenheimer's movie 'The Manchurian Candidate' in terms of conspiracy theory and McCarthyism of the era (1959-1960). There is a brief comparison of the two and a short biography of Condon. The book focuses on the psychological and political aspects of the story. Bibliography lists 4 sources. JVcondon.rtf

A 4 page research paper/essay that analyzes the use of sound in this film. Director Martin Scorsese's 1990 film Goodfellas (produced by Irwin Winkler; released by Warner Brothers) focuses on life is like as a member of the Mafia. Based on the real-life biography of gangster Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), the movie chronicles Henry's life ...

6 pages in length. The distinction between narrative and fiction is that narrative is derived from reality, whereas fiction is born of someone's imagination. That is not to say that either one presents a better form of documentary than the other, but rather to recognize that one's foundations is based in truth, while ...

Jeff Zucker

  • 6 page paper

The man who put together the NBC Thursday night lineup of Friends and Frazier is considered one of the giants of network television, yet with the end of those sitcom series in 2004, some are predicting that the giant will take a big fall. Others, say it won’t happen. Zucker has proved himself and will ...

This 10 page paper takes a look at this infamous inventor's stint in the motion picture business. Edison's life and times are explored. Eastman's role is duly noted. A section on the MPPC is included. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Management & Apollo 13

  • 5 page paper

A 5 page film report that examines the movie Apollo 13 from the perspective of a management consultant who has been brought in by NASA in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the management strategies employed by those involved as portrayed by the movie. No additional sources cite.

The Wedding Banquet

  • 7 page paper

The Wedding Banquet: This 7-page essay examines the themes relevant to courtship, marriage, homosexuality, and gender roles in the film, The Wedding Banquet, while also discussing the pertinent characters’ filial obligations from divergent perspectives. Through a counterfeit marriage, (born of the younger generation’s desire to get on with their disparate lives), a recognition of the ...

This 6 page paper explores the philosophies of Mihel Foucault in regards to power and knowledge and how it pertains to the study of human interaction. T. Kim Trang Tran's documentary of the plight of Cambodian women under the Khmer Rouge is examined in light of Foucault's theories. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A 5 page study of Orson Welles' film based on Kafka's famous novel. Special attention is given to the relationship between sexuality, impotence, and power. No bibliography.

In seven pages this paper examines reviews and religious commentaries on this film regarding what they reveal about its depiction of religion and its relationship to American culture. Five sources are cited in the bibliography.

A 5 page research paper/essay that examines a cultural product, in this case the book and movie adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, for religious themes. The writer argues that J.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece has a distinctly Christian orientation, despite its many aspects drawn from pagan myth. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

A 5 page paper which examines the role of religion in the films “The Gangs of New York” and “Far and Away.” Bibliography lists 6 sources.

A 4 page paper which examines religion in the 1960 film Inherit the Wind. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

A 5 page paper that describes how camera techniques, mise-en-scene, and imagery combine to underscore the theme of pessimism and the view that religion does not offer effective answers to life's problems. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

In three pages this reaction paper on the film Maria Full of Grace considers the manipulative aspects of the drug industry that has become almost like a religion for some and purely political for others, and discusses why Maria and other impoverished people like her would get involved in drug trafficking as mule in an ...

Dead Man Walking

  • 5 page paper

This 4-page paper examines the movie Dead Man Walking written and directed by Tim Robbins and how religion and capital punishment can be controversial. There are 2 sources cited.

Cape Fear

  • 3 page paper

A 3 page analysis of the film Cape Fear. The focus of the essay is justice and if either of the two male characters, Cady or Bowden, acted in a just and fair manner. Bowden may have acted against legal ethics but was his action just? No additional sources cited.

This five-page-paper is an in-depth discussion on the development of Method Acting and the man who invented it. Konstantin Stanislavski was an actor who developed a step by step process to acting that involved the use of the actor's own emotions as well as physical logic. Bibliography lists four sources.

In 2 pages, the author analyzes Robert De Niro's acting skill in "Awakenings" (19990). The style and effect of his performance are noted as well as what makes him believable. The question of whether his delivery is effective and convincing is answered, as well as whether he uses formalistic technique or method acting. ...

A 3 page paper which compares Kurtz, from the film “Heart of Darkness” based on Conrad’s novel of the same name, and the ancient character of Gilgamesh. Bibliography lists 1 source.

A 5 page paper which compares and contrasts how Vietnam War films Apocalypse Now and Platoon approach history by examining their use of visual images and manipulative techniques to tell their stories. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

This is a 9 page paper on television’s reliance on negative ethnic stereotypes and violence to depict its stories. “The Sopranos” is used as an example. Critics argue that much of television today seems to rely on negative ethnic stereotypes, violence or both to receive high ratings and in doing so portrays inaccurate distortions of ...

This is a 10 page paper discussing the program access rules for cable TV as originally enacted in 1992 in the Cable Consumer Protection and Competition Act passed by Congress. Since the introduction of the Act which was meant to spur competition but still contained many restrictions the cable industry has still remained dominant in ...

This 6 page report discusses the 1972 movie “The Godfather” and the ways in which the movies of Francis Ford Coppola’s “Godfather” epic serve as an example of the ways in which the style and form of a movie often follows the most basic of classic storylines. In them, modern audiences experiences the journey of ...

A 5 page paper which examines the history and evolution of documentary film. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

A 4 page paper which examines the history of Mexican Broadcast History. Bibliography lists 1 source.

This 8 page paper discusses the concept of the auteur director; movie genres; and Cronenberg's handling of the film "A History of Violence." Bibliography lists 10 sources.

This 3 page paper summarizes the plot of the film “American History X” and argues that we still think of people of other races in stereotypical terms. Bibliography lists 1 source.

This 8 page paper looks at the way the aboriginal people of Australia have been represented in the media. The paper starts with the initial reports from some of the first visitors to Australia including Capitan William Dampier and Captain Cook and traces the images and representations looking at the written word and films such ...

A 10 page paper which traces how gender identity is critiqued in the films “Girls in Uniform,” “Triumph of the Will,” Germany, Pale Mother,” Marianne and Juliane,” “Orlando,” “Antonia’s Line,” and “Bend It Like Beckham.” Also considered through cinematic analysis is how these films speak to a common theme of women’s experience and take ...

This 5 page paper considers the views of Andrew Higson that "histories of national cinema can only be understood as histories of crisis and conflict, of resistance and negotiation" in the context of British cinema in the 1980's, a time when there was a resurgence in heritage films. The bibliography cites 6 sources.

6 pages in length. Meant more derogatorily than complimentary, Oliver Stone's reputation as an historical revisionist speaks to the writer/producer/director's tendency to rewrite history according to a less biased and more truthful depiction. According to the tenets of historical revisionism, the very notion of history is that which is part actual fact and ...

A 3 page review of the movie. Provides a brief plot summary and examines the question of whether or not the movie accurately represents the history of the time period it depicts.

A 3 page review of the movie in which the writer provides a brief plot summary and examines the question of whether or not the movie accurately represents the history of the time period it depicts.

Women in Film

  • 15 page paper

A 15 page paper tracing the role of women on screen. The writer describes the history of the portrayal of women from the 1930's to present day and concludes with a look at 'Waiting to Exhale.' Bibliography lists 8 sources.

This 5 page report discusses the fundamentals of science fiction or “Psy Fi.” Using examples from H.G. Wells, Franz Werfel, and Richard Matheson, the writer shows how certain ingedients are fundamental in the development or history of the psy fi genre. All psy-fi classics have evolved around characters who find themselves in a situation ...

An 8 page paper which analyzes the cinematic style of auteur director Stanley Kubrick by first providing a brief background and history of the filmmaker, considering thematic and stylistic consistencies which characterize him as an auteur, an examination of how these consistencies manifest themselves in "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968) and "A Clockwork Orange" (1971), ...

This 5 page paper explains how the plays, Zoot Suit, Bandido! and I Don't have To Show You No Stinking Badges, by Luis Valdez, encompass the conflict over time and place, race, gender and class that helped to define the history of the American Southwest. No additional sources are listed.

Racism comes in many forms, from anti-Semitism to 'queer bashing' and racial prejudices such as segregation and discrimination. This 6 page paper asserts that The films, American History X, Higher Learning and Remember the Titans all focus on racial and, or, ethnic issues, specifically discrimination and 'retaliation' and explores the causes and consequences. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

A 5 page essay that argues that the classic comedy, Monty Python and the Holy Grail could be used as a springboard for classroom discussion on a variety of subjects. The writer summarizes specific scenes and argues that these scenes could facilitate discussions in history, political science, physics, etc. No additional sources are cited.

United Artists

  • 5 page paper

The birth of the company is discussed in a 5 page paper. Background information, political climate, reasons for the formation of the studio that was created by Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith, are all included. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

A 4 page comparative of these three actor/directors. The writer posits that the three compare in performing their own stunts, and perfectionist preparation of scenes. Their personal lives vary somewhat, but their intent is to perform their art. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

An 8 page paper discussing avant-garde film's grounding in the visual arts rather than in the traditions of narrative cinema. Without question, the process of filmmaking remains the same between the two categories, but each has very different points of focus from which they originate. Casual movie-goers expect to be told a story ...

A 5 page essay on the movie of the same name and what it shows about life in the period . The writer details the place of women, social mobility, changing rights, and facets of everyday life. No bibliography.

A 5 page paper which discusses various aspects of the novel "Heart of Darkness" and the movie "Apocalypse Now." The movie was based on the novel, and although there are several ways in which the two are different, the essence of the stories as they involve discovery and enlightenment are the same. No additional sources cited.

A 5 page research paper that examines the parallels and differences between Joseph Conrad's nineteenth century novel, 'Heart of Darkness,' and Francis Ford Coppola's twentieth century film, 'Apocalypse Now.' The writer explores how the differences in setting (Conrad, the Congo; Coppola, Vietnam) affected the works. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

This 5 page paper examines the many definitions of art cinema and discusses these elements in terms of the British film, When In London. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

This 3 page paper considers Stanley Kubrick's film 'Spartacus' and the way in which, despite its historical inaccuracies it can be seen as an informative as well as entertaining portrayal of attitudes in Ancient Rome towards slaves, their military as well as entertainment and their general lifestyle. The bibliography cites 4 sources.

A 5 page paper which discusses Sartre's "Nausea" as it involves existentialism and then presents an examination of the film "Taxi Driver" as it applies. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

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