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  • Feminist Film Theory: Legally Blonde

    Scholarship 3/11/2012 Legally Blonde: Feminist Film Theory Feminism is a movement that has had a great impact in the world of film‚ and how we interpret it. During the second wave of feminism that occurred throughout the United States‚ feminist scholars began developing and applying more theories‚ that arose during this movement‚ to the way they analyzed film. The various tactics and topics that are contained under the umbrella of feminist film theory are‚ but not limited to‚ sexism‚ female stereotypes

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  • Synopsis of Films

    Synopsis of film Introduction The second wave feminism has brought about several new feminist film theories. Concepts such as the gaze and scopophilia were introduced in the analysis and study of films‚ notably from individuals such as Laura Mulvey‚ Gaylyn Studlar and Gilles Deluze. Laura Mulvey uses Freud’s psychoanalytic theories and concepts as “political weapons” to argue that cinematic spectatorship is influenced by patriarchal society (Mulvey‚ 746). Women in films are often used to depict

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  • film analysis

    Film analysis 2-Sherlock Jr. As we have discussed in class‚ mise-en-scene is all about what is staged and arranged in front of the camera: actors‚ props‚ setting‚ color‚ movement‚ costume‚ make-up‚ and more. Identify *three* significant‚ specific elements of mise-en-scene from the scene in SHERLOCK JR. (see link above). Then answer the following questions: 1) For each element you mention‚ write a little about its meaning‚ emotional impact‚ and significance to the story.  2) Discuss whether or not

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  • Auteur Theory Of Film Authorship

    Film authorship‚ or auteurism‚ is a way in which film can be categorised according to the stylistic and narrative elements of the director. Auteur theory usually attributes the creation of a films artistic style solely to the director. Film authorship can be explored as a commercial‚ textual‚ or critical category as explained below in relation to the films of director David Lynch. The concept of the director as “auteur” was brought about in an article by French film critic Alexandre Astruc featured

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  • Culture Value of Film Theory

    Value of Film Statistics can be used to show that Britain’s film industry is now the third biggest in the world and a prime destination for inward investment. This success story was heralded by James Purnell‚ new Minister for the Creative Industries‚ in a speech to the Institute of Public Policy Research in June this year.[1] But what is the relation of this economic success to the vibrancy and breadth of our film culture? A further look at the statistics provided by the UK Film Council for

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  • The Structure of Myth and the Structure of Western Film

    The Structure of Myth and the Structure of Western Film Based on Saussure (1974)‚ structuralism is a theoretical method derived from his theoritical work. He divides language into two component parts which together produce a third (signifier‚ signified and meaning). According to him‚ meaning is produced through a process of combination and selection. As Saussure insists‚ “In language‚ there are only differences without positive terms… language has neither ideas not sounds that existed before

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  • Vertigo Feminist Theory

    First film theorist Laura Mulvey she wrote Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema in 1975. She came up with the idea of the Male Gaze. The idea that the woman is passive and the male is active. So the woman is the image and the man is the bare of the look which very much indicates the man has the power of the woman. In vertigo this is evident within the first scene the Ernie’s Restaurant when Scottie goes to meet Madeline for the first time. Where they don’t actually meet‚ they don’t even make eye

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  • The Lady from Shanghai - Film Noir

    elements and put them into his film? Why does he make use of these figures from classical mythology in order to tell a story set in the modern world? The lady From Shanghai movie is a film noir. The movie is a commercial Hollywood film and at the same time an “art film”. One of the aspects of the “art film” is symbolism. Welles forced us into it is symbolic subtext in order to understand it is logic. He updated classical Greek elements and put them into his film. I think the reason why Welles

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  • Discuss the technological impact on film theory and the advantages and disadvantages of the invasion of the digital world.

    Films are one of the most popular media in the modern world‚ watched by hundreds of millions of people all around the world. Films began in the late 19th century as a technological novelty‚ transferring to a new means of presentation and distribution an older tradition of "entertainment‚ offering stories‚ spectacles‚ music‚ drama‚ humour and technical tricks for popular consumption." (McQuail‚ 1983) And‚ as with any popular media‚ people began to talk and write about it‚ and film theory arose from

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  • film art

    Introduction to Film Art Fall 2013 Malcolm Turvey Office: Heimbold 304F Extension: 2644 E-mail: mturvey@slc.edu Syllabus Required Textbook: David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson‚ Film Art: An Introduction (New York: McGraw Hill‚ 2012; 10th edition) Class Schedule: NB: Readings marked (X) must be downloaded from MySLC Week 1 Conferences 9/10: NO CONFERENCES Screening 9/10: Collateral (Michael Mann‚ 2004‚ 120 min.) 9/11: Read: Introduction: Film as Art Film Art‚ Chapter 1

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