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Unformatted text preview: Final Examination Write an essay in which you compare and contrast any t_w_o_ of the films screened in class this semester. The first paragraph of your essay should clearly state the thesis (main points) around which your essay is structured. Example: I intend to compare and contrast the Howard Hawks’ The Big Sleep (Hollywood “Realist Film) with Roman Polanski’s Chinatown (an Anti-realist film)....At least three (3) of the following categories must be used in writing your essay. Don’t recount the entire narrative of the two films. One or two sentences should be sufficient. You can use events in both films to support your point of View. Make sure your essay includes a final statement/conclusion. A. Narrative: How is the story told? From whose point View? Is there narrative resolution? Are flashbacks used? If so, how? What is the tense of the film? Are certain events repeated? If so, why? Are the same Events told from different points of View? How does the narrative Contribute to the ‘realist’ or ‘anti-realist’ aspect of the film? B. Theme: What is the film about? What does the film communicate to you? Is the theme original? Is the theme trite or cliched? Is the theme intended to be allegorical or symbolic? Does the film have a ‘mythic’ quality (in the Levi-Strauss sense of the term)? What are the political implications of the theme of the film? C. Tone: Atmosphere of the film, romantic, slapstick, suspenseful, comedic... Does the tone of the film shift? If so, why? How does the tone or atmosphere contribute to our understanding of the main characters? How does the tone contribute to the realist or anti- realist look of the film? D. Camera: Camera angle, camera movement (tracking shot, etc.), camera placement (close-up, etc.), lens (wide angle lens, etc).... How does the camera and choice of lens contribute to the mood of the film, to character development, to the telling of the story? How doesthe camera and choice of lenses contribute to the realist or anti-realist look of the film? E. Acting: Do the actors render believable characterizations? Are these characterizations realist or anti-realist? What particular gestures and mannerism are used by the actor to make his performance realist or anti-realist? F. Landscape: Physical setting, metaphysical setting, furniture, paintings, rugs, types of buildings, bars, houses, museums, schools, stairways, doors, etc.....How do these elements contribute to the realist or anti-realist look of the film? ...
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