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Female American Film Directors
This 27 page research paper explores the contributions of women directors to American cinema. Specifically discussed are the films of Lois Weber, Dorothy Arzner, Ida Lupino, Elaine May, Joan Micklin Silver, Claudia Weill and Susan Seidelman and...
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The Postmodern Film
This 12 page paper looks at the postmodern film and its essential elements. Also discussed is the difficulty inherent in defining the term "postmodern." Several contemporary movies are analyzed in detail including The Crying Game, Trainspotting and...
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Film As Poetry / The Work of Andrei Tarkovsky
A 100 page research paper which argues that the films of director Andrei Tarkovsky is best understood as visual poetry rather then as films told in the usual narrative tradition. In order to effectively argue this position, the writer first presents...
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Third World Film
A 10 page exploration of third world film as a revolutionary vehicle, as well as an aesthetic art form. The writer posits that the importance of the revolutionary themes is what sets third world films apart from the more glamorous films of...
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Film Comedy / From Charlie Chaplin To Woody Allen Analyzed
This 5 page research paper examines the evolution of motion picture comedy by discussing the major works of Charles Chaplin, The Three Stooges, Buster Keaton, the Marx Brothers and Woody Allen. Bibliography lists 9 sources.
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Myths About the U.S. in Vietnam as Revealed in Film / Analyzed
This 5 page research paper examines how films created myths concerning the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Specifically discussed are films such as Apocalypse Now (1979) and Full Metal Jacket (1987), and the myths they created and exposed for...
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The Vietnam War - as Told to Movie Audiences - 'Coming Home,' 'Good Morning Vietnam' and 'Born on the 4th of July'
This 7 page report discusses three Vietnam War movies in the context of their symbology and the ways in which they represent the attitudes of Americans directly involved in the war and those presenting their cinemagraphic viewpoints of a war that...
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'The Green Berets' vs. 'Casualties of War' / Analyzed
This 6 page research paper examines two different war films made in two different decades, The Green Berets (1968) and Casualties of War (1989). Specifically discussed are how the two films reflect the decades in which each were made, the world at...
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'Apocalypse Now' vs 'Platoon'
A 5 page paper which compares and contrasts how Vietnam War films Apocalypse Now and Platoon approach history by examining their use of visual images and manipulative techniques to tell their stories. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Lessons from Saving Private Ryan
This 7 page paper explores Speilberg's 1998 film about World War II. The focus of the paper is on what exactly was learned about the war from this realistic depiction. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Persian Gulf Crisis / A Fictional (Film) Account
This 5 page report creatively discusses the possibility a fictional film about the Persian Gulf War entitled 'Forty-Three Days Later.' The writer creates a movie to illustrate the overriding technological superiority of the U.S. military and the...
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The Battle of Algiers / A Statement On The Nature Of Revolution
This 3 page paper considers the nature of revolution as it is related in Director Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers and considers a comparison between the events related in the story and the argument that political rebellion resembles an...
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Film Analysis / Hamburger Hill - An Accurate Depiction of War In Vietnam?
A 5 page paper discussing the film in relation to the reality of actual events. Reviewers found several production mistakes within the film and labeled the acting as lacking, but many vets still refer people to the film rather than to answer...
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Avant-Garde's Visual Arts Roots
An 8 page paper discussing avant-garde film's grounding in the visual arts rather than in the traditions of narrative cinema. Without question, the process of filmmaking remains the same between the two categories, but each has very different...
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Spike Lee's 'Do The Right Thing' / Analyzed
This 5 page research paper examines director Spike Lee's 1989 film, Do The Right Thing. Specifically explored is how the film conveys its ethical message, and evaluates the soundness of the arguments it presents, based on established ethical...
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