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The films of Alfred Hitchcock
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In 1960 Alfred Hitchcock produced and directed 'Psycho'. An incredible film which revolutionized the industry. It practically created the horror/thriller genre and although the question still arises of whether or not you can call it a slasher movie, it most certainly inspired such productions as 'scream' and 'I know what you did last summer'. Alfred Hitchcock was an inspiring director. He was an 'auteur', his style was very idiosyncratic and this made all his movies very appealing, one such idiosyncrasy…...
Argumentative Essay On Alfred Hitchcock
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The tension in some parts of the film is somewhat so great that it becomes unbearable at times. If you have never seen 'Psycho' before you would never be able to predict what was coming next due to the suspenseful thinking and editing that Hitchcock has done. Hitchcock draws on natural instincts from the audiences such as when a burglar goes into a room, all the time he's going through the drawers, the audience is generally anxious for him and…...
Vertical Limit
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Having watched the opening scene to Vertical Limit, it has become apparent that many techniques of directing have been used in a variety of different ways to bring the audience to the edge of their seat during this tense scene where the protagonists are risking their lives. In terms of camera angles, I think this is most effective as it really makes the audience feel as if they are inside the film by the use of close shots. The first…...
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Billy Elliott
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Introduction The two films under analysis in this essay are Billy Elliott (Stephen Daldrey, 2000) and The Full Monty (Peter Catenao, 1997), which have politically and sociologically common themes. Both films deal with northern British industrial crises and how the subsequent effects impact on the affected communities. What the films are about Billy Elliott is set in County Durham and deals with the 1984/85 miners strike, while The Full Monty is about Sheffield and the effects modernisation and mechanisation of…...
The Bourne Ultimatum
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Jason Bourne is a secret government agency. The problems that occur is that Jason is being tracked down by another secret government agency. Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless CIA official and his agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer but at the same time he is trying to uncover his past. As the protagonist Jason Bourne struggles to find his own identity the involvement of corruption in the CIA…...
“The Sixth Sense” Review
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Introduction 'The Sixth Sense' comes from award winning director M. Night Shyamalan who has produced other blockbuster films such as 'Signs', 'The Village' and 'Unbreakable'. The story is based around a young boy who has an extraordinary secret - he sees dead people. He is portrayed by Hayley Joel Osment and his fantastic performance only adds to the effectiveness of this superb supernatural thriller. The film, set in modern day Philadelphia is guaranteed to keep you gripped from beginning to…...
“Singin in the Rain” Review
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Singin' In the Rain (1952) Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance Cast - Don Lockwood Gene Kelly-  Cosmo Brown Donald O'Connor - Kathy Seldon Debbie Reynolds - Lina Lamont Jean Hagen - R. F. Simpson Millard Mitchell - Zelda Zanders Rita Moreno - Roscoe Dexter Singin' in the Rain is one of the most-loved and celebrated film musicals of all time from MGM, before a mass exodus to filmed adaptations of Broadway plays emerged as a standard pattern. It was made directly…...
“Since You Went Away”
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Introduction "I have a different concept of producing than other producers. Some producers are money men, and others are just lieutenants. For me to produce is to make a picture. As a producer, I can maintain an editorial perspective that I wouldn't have as a director. I consider myself first a creative producer, then a showman and then a businessman. You need all three things to succeed in the business today -David O. Selznick The film "Since You Went Away"…...
Semiotic and Ideological Analysis of Extraordinary Measures
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Introduction Valentin Voloshinov declared: 'Whenever a sign is present, ideology is present too' (Voloshinov 1973, 10). Signs do not merely reflect reality but involved in its construction; therefore those who control the sign systems also control the construction of reality. Film a media text, uses visual imagery to tell specific stories to promote specific ideologies. This essay will explore the film with the use of semiotics and ideology approaches. Semiotics as the study of signs and signs are associated with…...
The Schindler’s List by Steven Speilberg
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The Schindler's List is a film directed by Steven Speilberg and is based on the novel by Thomas Keneally. The film depicted the collective personal accounts of the survivors and their recollection of what happened during the time of the holocaust and how they were saved by the factory owner and businessman employing them named Oskar Schindler. The movie is a powerful representation of the events surrounding Schindler and his Jewish employees. Historical debate has been presented in order to…...
Saving Private Ryan
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Introduction Oscar winning director Steven Spielberg directed the emotional film 'Saving Private Ryan'. Steven Spielberg attempted to recount the horror of war. Spielberg quotes; "I was looking for realism all the time". The film follows a group of American soldiers in World War Two assigned to locate and bring back Private James Ryan (Matt Damon), who is fighting somewhere in the French countryside. Private Ryan's three brothers have all been killed in the war and military officials have decided that…...
“Run, Lola, Run”
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Introduction Imagine reading a book and not being able to portray the image, it would basically be whole lot of jumbled letters on a piece of paper that aren’t creating any meaning. The use of visual images can assist people to understand the true meaning of a novel or movie; they play a vital role in any story. Distinctively visual texts aim to influence the way we interpret the images we see. Critically affecting the way we make interpretations of…...
“Rear Window” Analysis
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Someone said there are two kinds of people in the world, there are people who observe world as it passes by and there are people who are active, adventurers who are part of the world. Normally, J. B. “Jeff” Jeffries is considered the latter. He works as a famous professional photographer until he gets a little too close to the action on a racetrack and breaks his leg. He is put in a wheel chair and confined to his small…...
Queen Kong
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Having been transformed into an object of terror and imperfection through the potential infidelity of someone with outward physical perfection, the narrator proceeds to issue a chilling warning in the shape of a list of creatures that she has turned to stone. A mere glance at a "bee" or "bird" renders them respectively into "a dull grey pebble" or "dusty gravel". The verbs "spattered" and "shattered" are powerfully destructive and disruptive to the natural order that would otherwise prevail. In…...
Looking For Alibrandi – Filmmaking
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Prior to the 1970's Australia was defined as a monocultural society - a society with only one culture - based on an essentialised Britishness. To be Australian was to be in possession of a national and not an ethnic identity. During this monocultural period, Australia's quest for a national identity had been entirely in terms of Britishness, a quest that excluded the identities and interests of the vast numbers of immigrants to Australia throughout the twentieth century. Consequently, prior to…...
Tension and Impact in the Shower Scene in Psycho directed by Alfred Hitchcock
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The film Psycho directed by Alfred Hitchcock is definitely in the genre of a horror film. A horror film should include the ideas of fear, suspense, unexpected surprises that make you jump, twists, history and depth in the plot, and an element of mystery. The film Psycho fits these ideas. Psycho which was released in the 1960's is a film that has maintained its popularity, and is still admired to the present day. Hitchcock directly asked people not to walk…...
How is death and gender represented in Psycho Alfred Hitchcock and Gladiator by Ridley Scott?
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Films are a masterful blend of artistic perfection and superb casual viewing. Like a painting is made up of colours, shapes and many brush strokes, a film is made up of camera angles, camera shots, and sound. Both existing within a context and a culture. Psycho and Gladiator are based in two different time periods with different perceptions of death and gender. Psycho, which was released in 1960 and set in, what was then modern time, a horror movie taken…...
Bullet Boy Filmmaking Review
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The importance of media cannot be vindicated. It is a powerful part of our lives through which we communicate to one another: nationally, internationally and locally. Media comes in many forms including: T.V, magazines, Internet, book, radio, newspapers, billboards, leaflets and posters. Media is anything that has the possibility to provide information and is seen by millions of people a day. Films are seen as motions. Films are a sequence of sounds and moving pictures that try to put a…...
The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock Film Review
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The Birds is one of Alfred Hitchcock's finest works of technical achievement. In this review I will provide an overview of performance, describe the films general theme, plot, character development, and style. As well as giving examples of standard editing technique used in this film compared to today’s new technology of editing technique. I will show how costumes, makeup, and acting lead to and detract from a memorable viewing experience of watching the film The Birds. Overview of Performance Tippi…...
Bill Nichols’ Observation of Documentary Filmmaking
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Throughout film history, documentary and fiction films have denoted the polar opposites of film form with each representing two distinct and separate traditions, the cinema of reality and the cinema of fiction (Doherty 16). However what was once a clear distinction has become blurred as the increasing popularity of mockumentary continues to weaken the assumed boundaries between fact and fiction (Sicinski). Prior to this ‘blurring of the lines’ the documentary genre enjoyed a privileged position amongst screen forms due its…...
Filmmaking of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
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In this essay I am going to analyse the title credit sequence of the "Fresh Prince of Bel- Air". I am going to talk about the camera shots and angles for each scene; the different mise-en-scenes and the unusual narrative in the beginning. I will also mention the different type faces (text) used; the characters; the language; colors and music. The "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" is a typical American teenage show; with a big multi-media star. Will Smith is already…...
Cinematography Techniques Alfred Hitchcock Used in Filmmaking
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Psycho was a low budget movie. It was made in 1962 and was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. This film was to be different it was the first of its kind. It misleads people by portraying a sexy image when really it was to be a horror based on the notorious serial killer Ed Gein. To promote his new film Hitchcock used various techniques, for example the denotations of the poster was a red herring and mislead people in to believing the…...
Two Major Religions: Christianity and Islam
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"These two major religions are a few of the most popular religions in the world. When Jesus was arrested by the Jewish he claimed to be the Messiah and the Son of God. For this the Death sentence was given. Jesus was killed by Crucifixion which means he was mounted to a cross and left to die. When he died his body was placed in a tomb and three days later the disciples found the tomb empty and was very…...
Concepts And The Representation Of Reality
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Within this lecture, an introduction in how the concepts of reality and the representation of reality by observing and analysing a selection of artworks within art and film. This was compartmentalized into different sections on how reality is perceived and how we address the issues surrounding our memories and our exposure to the realms of the illusion. Firstly, the lecture focuses the attention on Pierre Huyghe's Third Memory video representation in 1962, in which the video portrays a bank heist…...
Tim Burton as a Famous Person in Filmmaking
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Tim Burton is an auteur because he is generally known for having one of the world's most distinct style in film directing his films such as Alice in Wonderland (2010), Beetle juice (1988), Edward scissor hands (1990), corpse bride (2005) and Big Fish (2003) are all very successful, critically acclaimed movies making him one of the most successful directors in Hollywood. Due to the success of Batman(1989), Tim is now classified as an A-list director. After watching Tim Burton's films…...
Michael Bay’s Contribution in Filmmaking
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Michael Bay is the fifth highest grossing director of the worldwide box office making $6.4 billion. One major theme/repeating story element/idea that Michael Bay does in his films is action. Michael loves to make movies that include violence, fighting, physical stunts, battles, physical feats, and chases. Michael Bay is widely known for blowing things up and being extremely over the top with every single one of his movies. When Michael was a boy he tied fireworks around one of his…...
Filmmaking in Hollywood in the Golden Era
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The Fall of Monopoly ‘As far as the filmmaking process is concerned, stars are essentially worthless -- and absolutely essential. ’ -William Goldman It started with Florence Lawrence as the ‘Biograph Girl’ in the early 1900’s, and bred into the formation of the Universal Studios by one smart producer by the name of Carl Laemmle. The birth of Hollywood had never experienced a joyful transition for editors and actors, who back in the day were treated like hired help by…...
What is Literary Genre
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The Real Inspector Hound When you think of the term ‘genre’, what does it exactly mean to you? Well I’m sure it’s without a doubt that you all commonly believe it constitutes either a kind or category of text, but in actual fact does it really? Good morning Year 11. The prime focus of your studies during the HSC course next year, I’m going to discuss how the genre of crime fiction has extended through time, whereby a variety of…...
The Rise of a Superstar Proficient
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The Rise of a Superstar Proficient in stealing almost every scene he appears in, through his screen intensity and polished delivery he regularly displays while performing, Samuel Leroy Jackson really has all the reason to place himself softly in the group of lauded leading men in Hollywood. His work on a number of projects, either high profile or low key, has indeed shown his ability to play film characters with both remarkable versatility and unusual intelligence critics often praised for.…...
Analysis of Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest
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Nicely printed on the poster of this movie are the words: THE MASTER OF SUSPENSE WEAVES HIS GREATEST TALE. And true to these words, Alfred Hitchcock does not disappoint. North by Northwest (1959) is full of suspense and is one of the most entertaining flicks ever made. Although it is shockingly outclassed by his other classics, such as Rear Window and Vertigo, this movie is Hitchcock’s chef-d’oeuvre. It is rather sad that it does not get the recognition it deserves.…...
Wild Bees by James K. Baxter
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The poem Wild Bees by James K. Baxter is a descriptive poem about a place in the southern hemisphere in January when it is summer. Specifically when the speaker and his friends steal honey from by burning a beehive. Baxter presents a speaker who appears to be engaged in observing the bees, and is fascinated by the natural instincts of the bees especially their preparations for winter. The speaker also compares himself to the Romans in Carthage and the Greeks…...
“Farmhand” by James Baxter
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This poem was written by James Baxter who was born and lived in New Zealand. He was brought up in a farm in a quiet and bleak south east corner of New Zealand. The poem is about a farmhand who is portrayed to be a very ambivalent character. He is unhappy and rather diffident in certain situations and extremely confident and gloriously happy in others. Some "old wounds" a past experience or probably "the secret night" which has witnessed some…...
The daffodils or the inward eye
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Loneliness is a blissful thing in the 'The Daffodils or the inward eye' however it is horrific in the 'Miracle of saint David's day'. In the 'miracle o. s. day' it uses short sentences but in 'Daffodils' it uses long sentences, there is a brief quote to show my point, "They stretched in a never-ending line along the margin of a bay. " This quote clearly shows how long the sight is, the thousands of daffodils, this is called an…...
Paradise Road Notes
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Bruce Beresford first gained wide critical success as director of Breaker Morant (1980), a landmark film about three Australian soldiers wrongfully executed for alleged war crimes during the Boer War. Like Breaker Morant, Paradise Road (1997) is based on a true story. Beresford again takes up the theme of Australians’ involvement in war – this time during World War II. This film, however, is not about the exploits of soldiers; it’s about the resilience of women prisoners of war. Beresford…...
Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps (1935)
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Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film The 39 Steps, is today regarded as among the best of his career, and possibly his best film before he left Britain for Hollywood in 1939. Its history was somewhat tortuous and unconventional, reflecting Hitchcock’s own unconventional working style and eccentric personality, and it became an archetype of how Hitchcock worked with actors and screenwriting collaborators alike. Based on an adventure novel by British-born lawyer and government official John Buchan, the story of an innocent man…...
Alfred “Auteur” Hitchcock: An Analysis
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Art forms are not devoid of their creator’s self expression, yet the situation becomes problematic when put within the film context. Writers can have their full claim of their literary pieces. Painters, on the other hand, assume full responsibility to their greatest opuses. And musicians often brag their famous compositions. Unfortunately, this is not the case of film. For several years, the debate regarding the “true authorship” of films has been rampant within the movie industry (Adler, 2004, p. 28).…...
An Analysis on Alfred Hitchcock and His Film Psycho
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In the “shower scene” in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, the amount of blood that flowed can be considered in contemporary times as nothing short of artistry or a sense of tastefulness in the viewer’s understanding. However, during the 1960’s, the “shower scene” is considered unreasonable or gratuitous, giving the scene the impression that it depicts too much unsolicited violence. For those who look upon the “shower scene” as one of Hitchcock’s attempt of revolutionizing films, the scene can be treated as…...
Alfred Hitchcock
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For every Hitchcock’s story come suspense, drama, terror and exhilarating scope of life’s spectacular event. Alfred Hitchcock who was an English made the word “mystery and suspense” attached to every story he has to tell. He has been a productive writer, director and an ever mysterious of a man himself ever since he was young man in the 1930’s. His passion for storytelling and direction always catch the ever hungry public for horror, suspense and drama. AH revolutionizes filmmaking with…...
Jerome Robbins
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Born on October 11, 1918, Jerome Wilson Rabinowitz - a. k. a. Jerome Robbins - is one of the icons in two very important fields of visual arts; film director, and an area which he established to make a name for himself: choreography. Career - The excellence in his career in choreography spanned five decades during its peak, starting with the his 1930's career all the way to the 1980s, during its entirety Robbins experimented in every different possible types…...
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
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“The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” by Justin Lin is a film that allows viewers to attain a heightened level of understanding of the concept of belonging. It extensively explores the notions of separation, connection, displacement and acceptance throughout varying contexts to demonstrate that belonging carries different meaning to individuals. From the beginning it is evident to the audience that the main character, Sean, is no stranger to displacement as his mother states “This is our third town in…...
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How is death and gender represented in Psycho Alfred Hitchcock and Gladiator by Ridley Scott?
...He may have died in one but was born in another, kind of like when one door closes, another one opens. Completely opposite from dark and empty. In conclusion, both films had a profound effect on the lives of their audiences due to each director succe...
What is Literary Genre
...Moreover, Stoppard also extended upon genre parameters in The Real Inspector Hound by satirising the classic conventions of characters and plot from the Golden Age, whereby he duplicated postmodernist beliefs at a point where it was seen as time for ...
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