The Critiquing of Film, a Christmas Story

Topics: A Christmas Story, Red Ryder BB Gun, BB gun Pages: 4 (1473 words) Published: June 9, 2013
The Critiquing of Film, A Christmas Story
John Jelks
ENG 225: Introduction to Film
Instructor Renee Gurley
July 23, 2012

The Critiquing of Film, A Christmas Story
A Christmas Story is an American Christmas comedy classic film that has been shown on television for many years ever since it was produced in 1983. This classic holiday film is shown every year during the Christmas season and is shown in a 24 hour marathon. Many families watch this film over and over every year during the Christmas season as if it was new film. There are several technical and literary elements that can be seen by the audience based on how the film was directed and edited. A Christmas Story was based on short stories of author Jean Shepherd, but it is directed and produced by Bob Clark. Clark is also the screenwriter of this film. The film’s setting is in Hohman, Indian which is really a fictitious version of Shepherd’s hometown. He tells the story by narration of his character nine year old Ralph Parker, better known as Ralphie, played by Peter Billingsley. Although, Ralphie is nine in the film in which the audience can see in the screen play, the narration is performed by Ralphie as an adult, which is played by Jean Shepherd. Therefore, the film is not told in real time, but it is told in narrative cut pieces. Adult Ralphie talks about how little Ralphie has a wild imagination. For example, it is illustrated how little Ralphie saved his family from the bad guys buy using is Red Ryder BB Gun with a compass in the stock. The film is set out to be a satire because of the ridiculously imagination that Ralphie has as he day dreams about owning a Red Ryder BB Gun one day and saving his family from getting attacked (Goodykontz & Jacobs, 2011). Although the film is narrated by adult Ralphie who tells the story when he was a young boy, it still remains in chronological order because events occurred from beginning to end in the story. The film is in fact told in a flashback sense....

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Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2011). Film: From Watching to Seeing. San Diego, CA:
Bridgepoint Education, Inc. https://content.ashford.edu
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