Cinema 7B Film Analysis Assignment

Cinema 7B Film Analysis Assignment
Begin by reading Chapter 9
Rent and view one of the films from the list below. You should view the film at least twice. Take notes as you go and pause and replay scenes that you dont understand or that you find particularly interesting.
Write a paper which answers the questions below.
For minimum credit answer all the questions below. Be sure to number your answers.
More complete answers will receive higher scores.
Papers must be type written and double-spaced. No papers will be accepted by e-mail. Length: Four to Seven pages.
Review Questions:
What is the true subject or theme of the film, and what kind of statement, if any, does the film make about the subject? Which elements and which scenes contribute most to addressing the theme of the film?
How do all of the separate elements of the film relate to and contribute to the theme, central purpose, or total effect?
Film Elements:
Narrative  The manner in which the story is told. What is the plot structure? Is it chronological or non-linear? Are there flashbacks or other narrative devices and why are they used?
Acting  the qualities of the performances. Is the acting realistic or is it mannered? Are the characters dynamic (do they change as the film progresses)? How?
Cinematography  The qualities of the photography and lighting. Identify specific scenes and camera shots that you thought were particularly interesting.
Editing  The pace and tempo, the use of transitions and the organization of the narrative. Identify any editing technique you thought was particularly interesting
Art Direction and Design  Locations, sets, effects, props, costumes and make-up.
What scenes in the film show the directors style and how do they show it?
What were your personal reactions to the film? What are your personal reasons for liking or disliking the film?
Film List:
Films directed by African Americans: Do the Right Thing (1989), Boyz n the Hood (1991), Bamboozled (2000), Selma (2014)
David O. Russell Films: Three Kings (1999), The Fighter (2010), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), American
Hustle (2013)
Caper Films: Oceans 11 (1960), Ronin (1998), The Italian Job (2003),  The Town (2010), Argo (2012)
Musicals: West Side Story (1961), Cabaret (1972), The Commitments (1991), Evita (1996), Once (2006),
Due Dates: Wednesday Class  May 16
Thursday Class  May 17

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