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    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 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 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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    Kill Bill‚ Volume 1:  Purging the female stereotype in films Kill Bill‚ Volume 1 was vital in the purging‚ even eradicating the female stereotype in films. “Wiggle your big toe.”  The toe doesn’t move.  “Wiggle your big toe.” (Tarantino)   It doesn’t move.    The Bride played by actress Uma Thurman is really Beatrix Kiddo‚ but is known as Black Mamba as well as Arlene Machiavelli; her real name is bleeped out during Kill Bill‚ Volume 1 as she recounts the situation which led her to being in

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    The Manchurian Candidate‚ adapted from Richard Condon’s novel of the same title‚ was released in 1962‚ and directed by John Frankenheimer. Brief Plot Summary The central concept of the film is that the son of a prominent‚ right-wing political family has been brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy Thesis Statement The Manchurian Candidate was noted for its breakthrough in cinematography‚ as the scenes were shot in a creative manner that was new and

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    Philosophy Ego Theory and Bundle Theory Derek Parfit’s views on personal identity and the Ego and Bundle Theory are all summarized in his article “Divided Minds and the Nature of Persons”. In his article‚ Parfit explains the distinction between Ego theory and Bundle theory and provides several arguments against Ego Theory. Although it proves to be very difficult to believe the Bundle Theory‚ Parfit’s critique is convincing and well thought out. In order to defend the Bundle Theory of personal identity

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    1. What is a scientific theory? Please cite a definition you like. As Watson stated in "The Value of Theories"‚ a scientific theory is a systematic explanation that unifies various observed phenomena and facts. Based on observations we make‚ science operates under theories which are constantly revised and checked by experiment. A scientific theory also possesses many vital qualities for true understanding. 2. What is the difference between a scientific theory and common sense ideas about the same

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    mental models are well developed and reasonably supported by evidence)‚ the film achieves a high degree of “reality...” (Branigan‚ 2013) People watch; it’s what they do naturally and they enjoy doing it‚ and according to theorists Linda Williams and Laura Mulvey‚ it is that visual appetite and the pleasure found in its fulfilment that leads to a natural viewer engagement with the camera‚ and its ability to observe‚ in film. This viewer engagement and its companion

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    The social importance of film in the 21st century is extremely evident to be a powerful form of communication. Through sound and images filmmakers make use of technical‚ symbolic‚ audio and written codes to convey strong messages. These themes are portrayed in all types of films such as documentaries‚ commercials and even Hollywood blockbusters. As time moves forward so does the ability to connect‚ through film‚ with the social aspects of our age. Every story‚ every image‚ every sound has an impact

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    offices‚ in cars and buses‚ and on airplanes. We carry films with us in our laptops and iPods. We press the button‚ and our machines conjure up movies for our pleasure. For about 100 years‚ people have been trying to understand why this medium has so captivated us. Films communicate information and ideas‚ and they show us places and ways of life we might not otherwise know. Important as these benefits are‚ though‚ something more is at stake. Films offer us ways of seeing and feel- ing that we find deeply

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    CULTURAL IMPERIALISM Explanation of Theory: Cultural Imperialism Theory states that Western nations dominate the media around the world which in return has a powerful effect on Third World Cultures by Individual Interpretations: Western Civilization produces the majority of the media (film‚ news‚ comics‚ etc.) because they have the money to do so. The rest of the world purchases those productions because it is cheaper for them to do so rather than produce their own. Therefore‚ Third World countries

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    SCOTT D. PAULIN The Idea of the Gesamtkunstwerk in the History and Theory of Film Music ( From early prescriptive writings on film-music practice to recent theoretical considerations of the status of music in cinema‚ the name of Richard Wagner has recurred with a regularity approaching inevitability. His sheer persistence as a figure in the literature has had a tendency to naturalize his position in the genealogy of cinema‚ making it difficult to assess the true nature and extent

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    There were many changes in marketing and distribution of films from end of the silent period to the modern digital period. There was a studio system that existed at the end of the silent period and collapsed in 1949 with a court ruling. During this same time a sales era of marketing existed. After the Second World War the sales era was replaced with a new way of thinking and sales and marketing were not synonymous anymore. Marketing after World War II meant finding out what consumers’ needs and wants

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    Film Appreciation Reflection Paper My Film Viewing Journey As I’m writing this paper I have to think back to the beginning of this semester and what motivated me to register for this course. As a third year college student I have to admit‚ taking a class on Film Appreciation never crossed my mind before now. I’ve always stayed away from any course that included the word “appreciation”‚ including art. I’ve just always felt like this

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