Essay 1 - My P. Le EN115-F (English Composition) Essay # 1...

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My P. Le EN115-F (English Composition) Essay # 1 Write an Essay on Bryan Singer’s 1995 film, The Usual Suspects. This Essay must contain at least 1500 words, double-spaced with 1.25 inch margins all around. A Word Count must appear at the end. Pages must be numbered and *stapled*. In this Essay engage with Testazzurro’s “Suspect Glances”—or any of the ideas he reports—as you make an argument about the film. You may take up any of Testazzurro’s many claims, large or small, or those of any of the scholars he cites. Clearly situate your claim with respect to one of these. P1[tab] Bryan Singer’s 1995 film, “The Usual Suspects,” is, indeed, unusual: its creative approach to a seemingly ordinary plot represents the art of story-telling and challenges our conventional ideas about cinema. In his paper “Suspect Glances,” Testazzurro argues about what makes a “compelling” film based on three key moments: a sequence of three subtitles showing the exact times and dates - the real happening “last night” is presented in the same way as the happening in Verbal’s story “six weeks ago”, which blurs our conscience of what’s real and what’s not; Hockney’s arrest (when he tosses the rag and covers the lens of the camera) which infers that characters within the film can influence the film-making process, challenging our conventional impression on films; and the ending, when Verbal is gone as the film ends, which suggests that Verbal is the metaphor of the film itself. However, three moments mentioned in Testazzurro’s arguments are transient and somehow unconnected: they, themselves, are not enough to prove that the film is a success as a whole. To elaborate on Testazzurro’s contention, I will argue on how other lasting elements contribute to the production of a fascinating “The Usual
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Suspects”: the unity in creating characters, the order of events and the obscure in narration. P2[tab] In “The Usual Suspects,” every character is assembled to act out the film’s premise: “A man with a powerful will can bend others to his purpose.” Kujan is a clear proof of this: he seems to be an experienced, determined and smart detective whose mindset is based on using people to get his goal – to prove that his supposition is true (though after all, he is, in fact, not that smart) –“I’m smarter than you and I’m gonna find out what I want to know whether you like it or not.” He insists that he has to interrogate Verbal though Verbal has been given full immunity. Verbal “functions as the occasion for Kujan’s own impulse to construct the ‘real’ story from what he believes about drug deals, and especially about Keaton.” (238) Kujan’s will is to prove that Keaton is guilty, and he “invites” Verbal to give him a story that satisfies his purpose by giving Verbal “all of the
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This note was uploaded on 10/27/2011 for the course ECON 125 taught by Professor Diannelabert during the Spring '11 term at Hamilton College.

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