Essays on Film Analysis

An Analysis of Authenticity in 8 1/2 by Federico Fellini, Zelig by Woody Allen and Benny’s Video by Michael Haneke
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  Federico Fellini’s 8½ (1963), Woody Allen’s Zelig (1983) and Michael Haneke’s Benny’s Video (1992) are pieces that confront and challenge the spectators. The films utilise devices, which entice the viewer to generate an individual interpretation. This is a notion that is explored by the existential philosophers, and is termed as authenticity and will be further pronounced in the first paragraph. Secondly, there will be an exploration of how this category of films operates as a movement. Thirdly, the films are…...
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Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
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The film, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, by Dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, shows the nature of racial tension and how it affects the division of society. While the audience gets to experience secondhand the outcome of racial tensions from the perspectives of the main characters, the film, as a whole, expresses deeper ideological subplots that subtly cue us into the mindset of society at that time. Although the meaning of this film is told from its narrative experienced by the…...
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Cinema of attractions and Cinema of narrative integration
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This essay uses two films from early cinema to form a discussion of Tom Gunning’s “Cinema of attractions” (Gunning et al., 56-63), and Charles Musser’s “Cinema of narrative integration” (Musser, and Strauven, 389-416). The first film is Edwin S Porter’s The Gay Shoe Clerk, a short comedy film produced in 1903 by Edison manufacturing company. The second film is George Melies’ A trip to the moon, produced in 1902, by the Star film company. Both Gunning and Musser provide us…...
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Get Out by Jordan Peele
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Unlike writing, film fuses varying audiovisual components and, in this way, introduces a new dimension to film analysis. It is important to think about every one of the things that make up a scene in a film: the performing artists, the lighting, the points, the hues. All these aspects and more work together to help the film audience analysis what they are watching. One of the most important key scenes in the 2017 American Horror Film Get Out (directed by…...
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Film “Deadpool” by Timothy Miller
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Deadpool is an American superhero movie based on the Marvel character Deadpool, a special forces agent turned into a mercenary. The movie itself provides a genuine twist and is the first to come from the series. The twist exists as full figure naked on display to young children who are hungry for the next Marvel installment. Therefore, this marvelous production has truly been made for the older ages. Deadpool is directed by Tim Milller, who has directed possibly my favorite…...
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Effects that Cinematographers Using In Film
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Abstract Every cinematographer has their own unique style when it comes to manipulating the cinematic elements in a movie, these elements can have a significant impact in the film. Cinematographers can change the depth of field to concentrate the viewer’s attention on an object/person or change it to give the viewers a better understanding of the characters’ setting. Another aspect cinematographers can change in the film would be the lighting. The lighting can showcase certain details of a scene. For…...
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Cinematographer`s Expression in Films
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Abstract Cinematography is defined as the art of making motion pictures. Cinematography includes camera shots, camera angles, camera movement and lighting. Each film’s cinematographer creates the images that viewers see on screen, manipulating their elements to establish a unified and memorable design (Prince, 2013). I will be reflecting on Smashing UK Production’s Top 10 Film Cinematography and how they described most films on their list. Further understanding the use of anamorphic widescreen and why cinematographers chose this. I will be…...
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Role of “Plastics” in Film “Mean Girls”
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The movie “Mean Girls” takes you through the trials and tribulations of being a new girl in high school. Cady Heron is the new girl in school who moved from Africa and was homeschooled in the movie. She is very smart and was raised to be kind and close to her family. She meets two very down to earth friends, Janis and Damian, and then some other people who she thinks could be her friends, but she comes to find…...
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The Woman In The Window
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The movie from the Noir Era I watched was ‘The Woman In The Window’ directed by Fritz Lang in 1944. The movie has all the characteristics of Noir film, ‘pessimism’, ‘suspicion’, ‘futility’, and ‘entrapment’. Noir films center characters were usually driven or based on an important moment of their past or the weakness of humans doomed to repeat their previous mistakes. Many movies of this era featured a ‘gangster’ ambiance, or a murder doomed to be found out. Something that…...
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The Shining by Stanley Kubrick
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Throughout the movie, I had some major questions and observations that lead to a much larger understanding of the movie and made it way more significant to me. The underlying themes I discovered were the following: family, violence, the supernatural, drugs and alcohol, time, versions of reality, isolation, language and communication, and mortality. All of these were the most prevalent throughout the movie. Some of the major questions I asked myself were, “How does The Shining address wealth and class?…...
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Mise-en-Scene in cinematic Thriller “Psycho”
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In the cinematic classic thriller, Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock’s artistic use of lighting and design are integral to conveying the theme that is omnipresent throughout the entire film: duality in human nature. Hitchcock strategically plays with these key aspects of Mise en Scene to give emphasis to the developing contrasts within his characters early in the film. Duality in human nature, or the premise that a person has good and evil within, affects everyone – whether it is hiding secrets or lies,…...
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The Mise-en-scene of The Breakfast Club
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In John Hughes, The Breakfast Club, the film is based upon an interesting group of five teenagers in high school that is attending detention on a Saturday morning in the city of Shermer, Illinois on March 24, 1984. Within the eight hours, they are going to spend with each other at the school library, they slowly begin to discover things about themselves and also things about each other that would never seem to take place on a Saturday morning in…...
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The Features of Deepa Mehta`s Films
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The exact i have chosen is take from Deepa Mehta’s film. Water and i am will be analyzing water in the terms of historical context, social context and geographical context and then i will focus on how it uses symbols, cinematography, genre, editing, narrative structure, sound, mise-en-scene and pattern to convey meaning according to the filmmaker's vision, intentions and her influences. Water is a set in the late 1930s India, in the time when women had no right and where…...
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History of Chinese Film
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The history of Chinese film was developed in three places together: Hong Kong, China and Taiwan. The art of movie-making was first introduced to Mainland China soon after the medium’s initial conception. The first films made by the pioneering Lumière brothers were screened in Shanghai in 1896, less than a year after their debut in Paris (Anniina Koivula). Shanghai as China's movie capital At the beginning of the 1900s, Shanghai became China's movie capital. Many factors contributed to this development,…...
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Social Problem in “One Percent”
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Identify the social problem: There is an ever-increasing wealth gap seen amongst the super rich and the average citizen in the United States of America. Essentially, the “rich” are becoming richer while the “poor” are becoming poorer. Identify the thesis of the film: The thesis of this film is that there is a tiny percentage of Americans that possess almost half the wealth of the U.S. today. With such a large accumulation of wealth in the hands of so few…...
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Horrors: A New England Folktale
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Horror films are currently experiencing a renaissance. Netflix has just published their original content Bird Box along with Blumhouse Studios releasing their 2018 film, Halloween. Today, horror is ripe for the American film industry. The 2015 film The VVitch: A New England Folktale was produced by Robert Eggers. It is set in seventeenth century New England. The film is subtitled “A New England Folktale”. This subtitle serves a warning to the audience depicting the era of the film and the…...
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The Characters in Black Panther
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Watching a great movie can be both captivating and thrilling at the same time and this depends mostly on the plot and the themes of the movie. Like the thrill and excitement brought about by riding a roller coaster, so is the excitement that comes with watching the Black Panther (2018) movie. The fun in the movie is due to the rich thematic presence, storyline and the scenarios. In this paper, I shall be analyzing the Black Panther movie by…...
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
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In Wes Anderson’s 2014 film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, we begin in the present where a young woman reads a book about an author’s trip to The Grand Budapest Hotel. We then shift to the author who begins his story of The Grand Budapest Hotel. Here we meet Zero Moustafa, the owner of the hotel, who is telling the author his own story of the hotel. We are finally thrust through time back to the 1930s where most of the…...
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“Game Night” by John Francis Daley
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The Bechdel-Wallace Test is created by Alison Bechdel from her comic “Dykes to Watch Out For” in 1985. The test is an assessment of gender bias in media by asking three simple questions of a film: Does the film feature at least two female character with a name in it? Do they talk to each other? Do they talk to each other about anything other than man? To determine whether a film pass or fail the test, it is important…...
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Hidden Figures Movie Analysis
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In the beginning of the movie “Hidden Figures,” three women who are the leading roles appeared together. So at the beginning, we know each character’s name and job. It is not a stiff description, for example, some movies reveal the background information by putting up a subtitle or narrating by a third person. In this movie, we can know everything such as the historical background through this opening scene with four-person conversation. When the police is approaching these three black…...
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Living in a Food Desert Documentary
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I chose to do my reaction paper on “Living in a Food Desert” documentary. The term “Food Desert” was new to me until I watched the filmed. Food deserts are defined as “areas where people cannot access affordable and nutritious food. “ It was very interesting yet alarming to learn that in some scarceness areas, there are places that lack food providers such as farmer’s market, grocery stores, and other healthy providers. The underlining issue is that food desert can…...
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H.O.P.E. What You Eat Matters Documentary Analysis
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My biggest take-away and realization from watching the documentary “H.O.P.E. What You Eat Matters” is that the cure for disease is in our diet, not in conventional medicine. Additionally, It is more sustainable to eat a plant based diet in comparison to a meat based diet. After watching “H.O.P.E. What You Eat Matters” recently and “What The Health” in the past, I find it somewhat comical but also frustrating that conventional medicine is seen as the logical cure for diseases…...
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Analysis of Film “Children of Men”
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There are numerous stories relating to mankind needing to re-clean itself written within Biblical texts. Whether it is because there has been too much sin in the world that it needs a fresh start, or it just seems that the people have lost their faith in God and are straying far away. Stories that are fairly recognizable would be Jesus coming down from Heaven to be crucified and to unburden humanity of its sins and one quite popular story in…...
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Why Saving Private Ryan Is My Favourite Film?
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The movie Saving Private Ryan was released in 1998 and focuses on one of a few of the defining events in American in the time period, World War II, to capture the eternal and devastating moments of war as well as the men behind the uniforms. One of the worst ordeals of war is the mass amounts of men that were killed in result of all the fighting.The movie depicts the D-Day invasion of France's Normandy with American forces coming…...
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Cultural Contexts and Film Elements in “Gun Crazy”
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What will be discussed in this essay is the cultural contexts and film elements that was used throughout the film Gun Crazy. What will also be discussed is The director and how he came up with idea for the film Gun Crazy. Also how he came to be one of America’s essential directors. Then the first cultural context that will be discussed is geographical which is the origin of the films location. The second cultural context is social which will…...
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“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” Film Analysis
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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid stars Robert Redford (Sundance), Paul Newman (Butch), and Katharine Ross (Etta). The film begins with the Butch and Sundance’s gang holding up train robberies in the American frontier, also known as the Wild West because it was often outside of the boundaries of the law. Later, the film moves to Bolivia where Butch and Sundance finally meet their tragic end because their luck runs out. John Foreman was the only producer noted in the…...
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Aesthetics of Films “Koko: A Talking Gorilla” and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
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Films vary between different genres and different messages the director is trying to portray. Many of them might have the same theme but differ in the way it is presented to the audience. The aesthetics of a film helps build the atmosphere around it. The exploration of the two films Koko: A Talking Gorilla and Rise of the Planet of the Apes displays to the audience the variance in many elements of the aesthetics of the film. The difference can…...
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Elements That Make a Tim Burton Film
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Growing up I was always obsessed with watching movies, whether it was scary, romantic or animated I would watch it. One film director whose style is very different and unique and was always a favorite of mine is Tim Burton. Tim is known for being a gothic style like director whose films are always very out of the box, whimsical and eccentric horror. Tim Burton has had a lot of popular movies throughout the years that I’m sure a lot…...
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“A Raisin in the Sun” Film Analysis
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“A Raisin in the Sun” is a film about a Black family that has their own personal issues. Through this writing issues will be discussed about families living arrangements, the family development, and family love. Insite will be explored on different parts of the film. In any family, there are many problems that may occur in their household. Some of the Youngers problems were how they got along in their home. It was an an argument everyday. For example, Walter…...
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“Wag the Dog” 1997 Film Analysis
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"Wag the Dog" is one of the great American political satires which is a Barry Levinson film released in 1997. It is about a president suddenly buried deep in sex scandal just days before he was almost certain to be re-elected, and the efforts of his staff to divert America's attention away from the scandal with the help of a professional spin doctor and a Hollywood producer. In the film both Hollywood and the President play a significant role, despite…...
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Bowling for Columbine Film Analysis
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Michael Moore made this documentary to influence our opinion on whether we think guns are beneficial for protection or a justification to shoot someone. The film starts out as Moore goes to the bank and has an interview with a banker; civilians can get a gun at no cost from the bank if they register for an account. He later went to the barbers for a haircut and discovered that he could purchase bullets there! America is saturated with guns…...
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“Thelma & Louise” Film Analysis
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Thelma & Louise is a comedy genre film directed by Ridley Scott and written by Callie Khouri. The main characters, Thelma and Louise are play by Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon respectively. The film hit the theaters in 1991 and has been nominated for various awards. It is told in a standard narrative. It talks about two women who plan a weekend getaway from the men in their lives. Thelma Dickinson and Louise Sawyer set out for the weekend vacation…...
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“The Book Thief” Film Analysis
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You may have heard of Adolf Hitler and his works upon ruling Germany which people commonly had negative feedbacks about it. In Brian Percival's "The Book Thief" you will discover how a young little girl named Liesel played by Sophie Nelisse survived throughout Hitler's reign in the movie which gave us hope in that, seemingly dark era. The 2013 movie was written by Michael Petroni based on the novel of Markus Zusak. According to Drjgardner from IMDB review, those people…...
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City of God Film Analysis
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The director used amateur actors from the Rio slums, that have been accused of portraying violent acts, demonstrating excessive detachment towards the protagonists and exaggerating the bonds between the gangsters. In any case, I think such analysis overlooks the main point. I think the director's central message of the film is about how peoples' lives are getting 'thrown away' in societies like the City of God. The confining portrayal of the favela drives the point that, in such a situation,…...
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“Crooklyn” Film Analysis
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Crooklyn is a film that was released in 1994 by Spike Lee. It is about the Carmichaels, a middle-class family that lives in the Bedford-Stuyvesant part of Brooklyn, New York around the 1970s. Centered around nine-year-old Tony Carmichael, this film tells the audience about her family struggles such as how her father, Woody Carmichael, is an aspiring jazz player but is not making any money off of it and her mother, Carolyn Carmichael, is a school teacher but is struggling…...
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From the moment the movie unthinkable started to play, it already caught my attention since it is not something that I used to watch. There are some parts as well that I couldn't take since it was really violent but nonetheless, it was a good movie because of an unthinkable plot twist. While I am watching it, I observe each character in that movie whether he is good or bad but as I connect it to all the ethical theories…...
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Ben-Hur Film Analysis
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Abstract Ben-Hur was first communicated in the year 1959, probably the best story on Jesus Christ stood up to by William Wyler and Sam Zimbalist. The character Judah Ben-Hur from whom the motion picture name originates from is only a nonexistent character who expected to have endured bogus cases of death charges against him, which leads him to render retribution from his received sibling. The film is based on a book of a particular name "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the…...
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Sexy Beast by Jonathan Glazer Film Analysis
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Sexy Beast is a crime film directed by Jonathan Glazer and written by Louis Mellis and David Scinto. It stars Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley and Ian McShane. The storyline follows Gal Dove, a retired ex-gangster who made his fortune in an illegal way. There also a sense of a comedic atmosphere to this sequence that is shown through the performance of actors. Even the title of the movie registered as more of a comedic movie that typical gangsta's film. Sexy…...
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Film Analysis : The Madness of King George III
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The Madness of King George III In the beginning of the film, the historical aspect of the movie would seem to be accurate and more precise with that actual event that occurred in the text. The movie portrays King George III as someone who doesn't fully understand the position he was in as king while others around him were more concerned about his position alone and not his state of mind at first. The characters in the movie were portrayed…...
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Film Analysis “Fire” by Deepa Mehta
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Deepa Mehta's film Fire depicts the ways and complexities that is attached to same-sex desire in a culture that is dominated by men and full of societal/cultural norms. This film also achieved the goal of representing women and their multiple identities as well as reproducing these norms that challenged gendered and sexual ideologies. I will argue that this film critiques the norms of patriarchy, heterosexuality, the representation of women and their sexuality as well as other subjects that are continuously…...
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H.O.P.E. What You Eat Matters Documentary Analysis
...In conclusion, the film has convinced me to cut back on my animal product consumption, but due to multiple logical fallacies and subjective beliefs presented in the film, I will not completely follow the recommended diet that the film suggests. I do ...
Why Saving Private Ryan Is My Favourite Film?
...Overall, Saving Private Ryan is seen as one of the most accurate realistic depictions of war made by a film. So the filmmaker was successful in their purpose of portraying the horror of D-Day and sacrifices made by the men who fought that would lead ...

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