Film Analysis Paper

Film Analysis Paper

This paper is worth 10% of your overall grade for the course. It should be no less than seven hundred fifty (750) words in length and should be written in accordance with accepted rules of grammar and in an appropriate academic style. In other words, they should be well written. This assignment is due by October 26 (points will be deducted for papers turned in late).
Please review a film that you have not seen before
First, cite the film you’re analyzing in the MLA (Modern Language Association) format. You should use “hanging indention” paragraph style and start with the title of the film underlined and follow it with a period. Then cite the director (abbreviated Dir.), followed by a period, then the performers (abbreviated Perf. and separated by commas) followed by a period. Finally, the production company or studio followed by a comma, then the release date. Close the citation off with a period. You can use the following example (taken right out of the MLA handbook) as a model:
It’s a Wonderful Life. Dir. Frank Capra. Perf. James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, and Thomas Mitchell. RKO, 1946.
Next, address each of the following questions:

  1. Describe the setting of the film (including historical, geographical, and cultural features)? How does the film fie in to our overall study of American history? 2. Briefly describe some of the major characters portrayed in the film. 3. What is the dramatic conflict that drives the narrative forward? 4. How is that dramatic conflict finally resolved (or not) at the conclusion of the film? 5. Choose one particular scene from the film and briefly describe it in narrative terms. 6. Discuss any possible bias or “point-of-view” the director is making with the film. For instance, do you feel this is an accurate and balanced portrayal, or one that is particularly pro or anti-American in tone? Explain your analysis. 7. Select one cinematic element (music, cinematography, production design, etc.) and briefly describe how the use of this element contributed to the overall “style” of the film.
    Options for films are below. If you have another you would like me to consider, please let me know:
    Birth of a Nation (1915) D.W. Griffith The Grapes of Wrath (1940) John Ford Fort Apache (1948) John Ford High Noon (1952) Fred Zinnemann Pork Chop Hill (1959) Lewis Milestone Inherit the Wind (1960) Stanley Kramer The Longest Day (1962) Ken Annakin Fail-Safe (1964) Sidney Lumet All the President’s Men (1976) Alan Pakula Midway (1976) Jack Smight MacArthur (1997) Joseph Sargent Apocalypse Now (1979) Francis Ford Coppola Full Metal Jacket (1987) Stanley Kubrick The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1991) John Korty Malcolm X (1992) Spike Lee Apollo 13 (1995) Ron Howard Ghosts of Mississippi (1996) Rob Reiner The Tuskegee Airmen (1996) Robert Markowitz Miss Evers’ Boys (1997) Joseph Sargent Rosewood (1997) John Singleton Thirteen Days (2000) Roger Donaldson Iron Jawed Angels (2004) Katja von Garnier Warm Springs (2005) Joseph Sargent Milk (2008) Gus Van Sant W. (2008) Oliver Stone The Conspirator (2010) Robert Redford The Help (2011) Tate Taylor Lincoln (2012) Steven Spielberg Zero Dark Thirty (2012) Kathryn Bigelow 42 (2013) Brian Helgeland The Big Short (2015) Adam McKay Hidden Figures (2016) Theodore Melfi Marshall (2017) Reginald Hudlin Harriet (2019) Kasi Lemmons Midway (2019) Roland Emmerich Till (2022) Chinonye Chukwu Oppenheimer (2023) Christopher Nolan
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