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Opedis essay - English 1147.105 F10 Essay#2 topics(Usual...

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English 1147.105 F10 Essay #2 topics ( Usual Suspects, Oedipus ) For a 4-5 pp. essay due Monday, Sept 20th. Write on one of these. 1. Dear Master: Aristotle and The Usual Suspects It is 1995. On the recommendation of a former student of his, Aristotle has just attended a screening of The Usual Suspects, and he is in severe shock. He has left the theatre baffled by what he has seen and uncertain as to whether the film is even a story, let alone a complex and well-plotted one. You are that former student, and you must tell him what to think about this adventure in late twentieth-century cinematography. Read the excerpts from Poetics in the Course Supplement. Write him a letter in which you explain not just the plot of the picture but its mode of organization and delivery — and above all, the intended effect of delivering just this action in this way. As you are, he is intimately familiar with Oedipus , so connections and contrasts you can draw with this work will help him understand what he has seen. Don't try to explain the whole technology of cinema to him; dispose of it in under a paragraph. He will need to know chiefly about features of representation that stage drama isn't capable of, above all the ability of cinema, not simply to take events out of their original order, but to represent action that may not have occurred as actually having happened. The flashback is a cinematic device that he doesn’t understand.
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