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Movie Classifications Movies Are Classified According to

Movie Classifications Movies are classified according to genre which is French term meaning "type." In cinema around the globe, films have been classified into variety of genres, some being more dominant than others. Some of the most well-known genres are comedy, horror, thriller, drama, musical and westerns. And some of these movies will also have a sub-genre like a slapstick comedy or a gothic horror movie. Richard Maltby has given us eight major genres into which most cinematic creations can be classified: "The Western, the comedy, the musical, and the war movie are four uncontested categories. Different critics will then argue the relative independent merits of at least one of the thriller, the crime or gangster movie, and list the horror movie and science fiction as either one or two additional genres." (p. 116). To this we can also add romance and action adventure as two more important genres. Since movies are no longer single-generic, most movies will combine two or more main genres such as romantic comedy. This sub-genre has become so popular that it has actually come to occupy a place as a separate genre in itself. For example "An Affair to Remember" would be called a romantic movie while "You've Got Mail" would be described as romantic comedy. Comedy: Comedy is one of the most dominant staple of cinema production. There is no large cinema industry in the world which hasn't produced its fair share of comedies. Comedies have ruled the cinema along with romance and action-adventure movies. "Most discussions on comedy begin by acknowledging a basic distinction between what might be called its comic units-gags, jokes, funny moments and the like- and the narrative and non-narrative context in which they occur. This distinction is important both because it links to issues of film history, and because it raises questions about definition and hence about the criteria governing comedy as a genre." (Neale p. 66) Comedy has a broad definition. It can be either completely verbal or completely physical or a combination of both. Jerry Lewis' comedies for example fell in the latter category while more refined works like "Some like it hot" fall into the former one. There are comedies where narrative is more important and jokes as a comic relief. These comedies have a story line which may be non-comical. In others however narrative is only an excuse as jokes and gags are more important.…

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Film Is Not Yet Rated an Uncensored

¶ … Film Is Not Yet Rated An Uncensored Review: "This Film is Not Yet Rated" Film ratings have been present on the top of marquees for so long, movie-goers are likely to take them for granted and assume they 'have' to be there. However, the 2005 documentary directed by Kirby Dick entitled "This Film is Not Yet Rated" questions the ubiquity of the modern film rating system. Even Dick's documentary was not so engaging and entertaining, it would still be a 'must see documentary' for that reason alone. It demonstrates the subjective nature of film rating. Film ratings have become part of the cultural landscape but they are, at heart, arbitrary, subjective, and contextual. The variety of standards that have existed to rate a film's relative appropriateness or lack thereof have varied widely since the beginning of filmmaking, and the film takes the viewer from the beginnings of cinema, to the Hays decency standards of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, up to today. The film asks: what makes a film potentially indecent, and essentially answers that it is in the 'mind of the beholder.' (One famous Supreme Court decision about obscenity even caused a Justice to remark that he couldn't define obscenity, but he 'knew it when he saw it'). The presence of nudity and sexually explicit scenes might seem like the obvious answer as to what constitutes indecency. But if that is the case, why is ordinary nudity considered 'for adults only' while violence is considered 'okay,' or at very least only PG-13? And why do standards of obscenity vary so much, country by country, even state by state in the nation? Obscenity is a personal issue, and touches upon many highly subjective concepts like when children should be exposed to sex. The first film rating system was created by movie studios. Instead of being pressured by government regulation, the studios hoped that by regulating themselves, they could avoid such scrutiny. They hired former U.S. Postmaster Will Hays to set decency standards. This highlights the lack of qualifications needed for anyone to decide what is obscene. There is no real pre-set formula. The Hays Commission reviewed Hollywood scripts and determined whether they satisfied the dictates of what became the dreaded Hays Code, which could be quite restrictive -- for example, the code might not permit two married people to be in a bedroom together, if their feet were…

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Film Noir Movement by Examining

The role of femme fatale is an integral characteristic of film noir especially for the detective film. The femme fatale is "mysterious, duplicitous, double-crossing, gorgeous, unloving, predatory, tough yet sweet, manipulative and desperate women" (Dirks 2). They are more than likely caught up in distressing situations where they are the victim of violence from their husbands or other family members.…

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Why the Movie the Hangover Is Considered a Comedy

¶ … Hang Over": A Comedic Analysis The movie "The Hangover" is currently the highest grossing "R" rated comedy of all time. It has grossed over $240 in theaters alone. The film itself plays on the drunken antics of four friends looking to spend their last weekend together as bachelors in Las Vegas and quickly moves from a tale of…

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Film Theory

Film Theory Film and Reality When photography appears in historical development, its indexicality adds the appeal of endurance through time to the impression of likeness in painted perspective. Crucially, ?likeness' is not given epistemological or cognitive value in itself, but rather is being invoked as a sup- port for fundamental needs of the subject vis-a-vis time. And cinema adds duration…

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Truman Show Cunningham, Douglas A.

No doubt the screenplay is invaluable in the research of or analysis of the film. There are always changes made between what is written on the script and what makes the final cut onscreen, nonetheless, there are enough similarities that make having the screenplay an asset to researching themes, characters, or otherwise in the film. Sometimes, the filmmaker's or writer's…

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Films and Life of Alfred Hitchcock Alfred

Films and Life of Alfred Hitchcock Alfred Hitchcock was one of the most fundamental film makers of the twentieth century. He brought his own unique style and flare to each one of his films through the repetition of particular themes and motifs in film after film. These repetitions make a Hitchcock movie what it is known for. William Rothman explores…

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Terminology Used in Film and Television Production

FILM & TV Terminology TERMINOLOGY USED in FILM & TELEVISION Film is more than the twentieth-century art. Don Delillo (b. 1926). Visual storytelling, whether in film or in television (TV), some argue, constitutes the hardest of all the art forms. "In the making of a movie, between the idea and the finished print so much can go wrong and often…

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Movie Response: We Were Soldiers

¶ … Soldiers Was the Movie Accurate? What Inaccuracies can be Identified? There is a good deal of the literature that praises this movie for it's authenticity, which is impressive because many war movies -- particularly those about the Vietnam conflict -- tend to be made for entertainment purposes -- not exact portrayal of historic reality -- by Hollywood. Movies made in Hollywood are not obliged to be totally accurate; what movie directors and producers want is a successful film at the box office, not necessarily a film that captures the honest reality of a war scene. However, if directors can reach a reasonably accurate portrayal of the actual events that are being depicted, they can boast that they went the extra mile to approach the truth of what happened. This film follows the book, We Were Soldiers Once…and Young, fairly closely. The book should be accurate given that it was co-authored by men that were present at the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley in Vietnam -- Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore (Retired) and war journalist Joseph L. Galloway. But there are gaps in the film vis-a-vis the truthfulness of accuracy of that bloody battle. This paper points to the literature / critiques in response to the film. Laura Freschi writing in Military.com explains that the book is "…packed full of small authentic details that neither advance the plot nor add to character development," but were put into the narrative because they reflected the "random and seemingly meaningless mess" that life can become in a war zone (Freschi, 2003, p. 2). Of course the director Randall Wallace wanted to "streamline and simplify" those small but authentic details so he did, which gave the film a more "weighty, dramatic significance," Freschi explains (p. 2). One example of director Wallace's streamlining came when he asked actor Sam Elliott (playing hard-core Sergeant Major Plumley) to carry two .45 caliber pistols into battle. But Elliott balked because since he had become friends with the real Plumley, Plumley told Elliott he never carried more than one pistol. Hence, the film stayed true to that detail. Moreover, when General Moore and journalist Calloway saw the film, they felt that it was accurate "…especially in portraying the noise and confusion" in battlefield scenes (Freschi, p. 2). Another realistic aspect to the film is the fact that during the early portion of the Vietnam conflict so many…

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Impact of TV and Film

TV and Film Impact As technology and sheer presence of television and film grew in the 1970's, 1980's and 1990's, their ability to reflect and influence American culture also increased. The tumultuous 1970's and that decade's rise of political issues and fortunes were reflected in both television and film. The Reagan conservatism of the 1980's was significantly aided by Reagan's familiarity with both television and film. The domination of television and film by "The Big Six" in the 1990's deepened and broadened the abilities of television and film to reflect and influence culture in America and worldwide. Consequently, those 3 decades saw the dramatic increase in the importance of television and film. Body: In What Ways Were TV and Film a Window into the Culture of the 1970's, 1980's and 1990's? Television and film of the 1970's, 1980's and 1990's increasingly reflected and impacted revolutions of varying influence in America's culture, both feeding and feeding off of American culture and contributing to the rise and fall of political leaders and movements. America's 1970's was an explosive media decade, preoccupied with such weighty topics as the political unrest caused by the Vietnam War and Watergate, women's rights, racial segregation and the opening of popular culture to black citizens, increased political interest and cynicism, a more open sexual culture, and a new irreverence toward "classic" American values. The Vietnam War was the first televised war, with nightly news segments devoted to its progress,[footnoteRef:1] and Watergate became an increasingly hot topic of interest leading up to Nixon's resignation and the eventual rise of Jimmy Carter, a liberal outsider who rose to the Presidency in 1976.[footnoteRef:2] Predictably, there were also backlashes against critical exposure of powerful American individuals, with Nixon's order of an FBI……

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Film Review of Mystic River Direct by Clint Eastwood

¶ … Mystic River Through decades of roles in television and film, Clint Eastwood established himself first as a strong actor, then as an acting icon, such as "Dirty Harry." He later continued his film career by moving into directing. Since becoming a director, he has made several high grossing and critically acclaimed films that challenge the viewers as much as they challenge the actors within the film. One of his films, upon which the paper will focus, is Mystic River, which was released a decade ago, in 2003. This is a film in which Eastwood served as director, producer, and film scorer; therefore, he was heavily dedicated and involved in the film because he occupied multiple key roles. The film has quite an all star cast, including the lead actors who are Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Bacon, among others who have solid careers and reputations. Jimmy, Sean, and Dave have a friendship that extends back into their early teenage/late childhood years. They grew up in a working class area of Boston in the 1970s. One day, while playing hockey, the friends come across some wet cement and decide to write their names into it. Two men, pretending to be police officers, approach the boys and hassle them to the point where they take Dave into "custody" and put him into their car. The men, of course, are not real police officers, but men who harbor, torture, and sexually abuse Dave for a few days. Dave eventually escapes, but the experience plagues him and haunts him decades later. Moving forward into the present, where the majority of the film takes place, the men who were once friends are now estranged, though still live within relative proximity to each other. Jimmy is kind of a neighborhood thug leader, with very close ties to the community he cares about so much. Sean has become a police detective, and Dave is a working class man who does construction type work. Each man is suffering from his own personal problems and dramas. Though they are estranged, they become drawn together again after Jimmy's daughter Katie is brutally, suddenly, and mysteriously murdered. Jimmy takes it upon himself to conduct an off the grid, street-justice type of investigation into his daughter death, while Sean conducts an on the books, formal police……

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Movie Review on to Kill a Mockingbird

¶ … Kill a Mockingbird Movie Review Movie Review: To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) The plot of to Kill a Mockingbird (dir Robert Mulligan, 1962, with Gregory Peck and Mary Badham) is seen through the eyes of Jean Louise "Scout" Finch, who is six years old when the story begins (in a small Alabama town in 1932) and eight or nine when it ends. Scout grows up that summer, and over the next two summers, in a starkly prejudiced, racially-divided small town environment, as her lawyer father defends a black man unjustly accused of a white woman's violent rape. Atticus Finch, Scout's father, is a man of integrity and principles. He is appointed to defend Tom Robinson, the black man unjustly accused, and does so to the very best of his ability in the face of enormous, continuous criticism. For this his children Jem (Scout's older brother) and Scout are followed home from a school event late one night by the accuser, Bob Euell, who viciously attacks them. Scout, protected by a stiff, bulky costume she wears (she has had to dress as a ham for the earlier school event) is only roughed up, but her brother Jem's arm is broken. It could have been far worse than that, though, for Jem. But instead Jem's life is saved by the mysterious recluse, Arthur "Boo" Radley, who afterward becomes the Finch family's friend. As a work of art, the 1962 black and white feature film to Kill a Mockingbird (dir Robert Mulligan, 1962, with Gregory peck and Mary Badham) based on Harper Lee's novel of that name published in 1960, is a blend of "realist" and "formalist" filmmaking. But it is also "realist" in the sense that, according to the actress who played Scout, Mary Badham ("Scout Remembers," 1997) those who cast the film took pains to locate children from the South without acting experience like herself, who as characters could make the film's main child characters, Scout, Jem, and Dill, seem optimally realistic within the movie's Deep South setting and milieu. To Kill a Mockingbird is formalist in its seamlessly non-self-conscious blending of plot; characterizations, setting, music, and iconography. In terms of the latter, the camera treatment of Jem's secret box filled with Boo Radley's possessions, examined in the opening shots slowly, carefully, almost as if physically caressed by the eye of the camera, is an obvious example of a…

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Film Audience and the Movie Capote

Capote The recent film Capote (2005, Bennett Miller) achieved a modest success by Hollywood standards but was never expected to do more than that given the subject matter and the divisions within the audience. The film was released by Sony Pictures Classics, a subdivision in the Sony system that is dedicated to releasing more difficult independent films, films that are…

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Amistad Historical Movies Find Themselves in a

Amistad Historical movies find themselves in a precarious situation; they strive for historical accuracy while creating an entertaining film that viewers and critics will enjoy. In this regard, Amistad is no different from any other historical movie. It takes dramatic liberties for entertainment value in order for the audience (the American moviegoer) to be able to relate with the movie. These liberties are not necessarily detrimental, as they capture the emotions that the Africans must have felt throughout their ordeal. The beginning scenes abroad La Amistad displayed the horrors and brutality of the "Middle Passage" and the Atlantic Slave trade. However, there are other scenes in the film that sole purpose is to evoke an emotion from the viewer, such as Cinque's now famous line "Give us free." Another moment was John Quincy Adam and Cinque's interaction in the greenhouse. Cinque reacts to a West African flower which convinces Mr. Adams to defend their case in the Supreme Court. On the other hand, there are several anachronisms found throughout the movie. The movie's consistent hint or reference to a Civil war is a major anachronism of the movie. Throughout the movie ordinary citizens discuss the upcoming Civil War, an event that does not occur for another twenty years. Also, the movie depicts President Van Buren's feelings toward the case being influenced by his re-election campaign and trying to appease the South so he can garner votes. At the end of the movie, Van Buren loses his re-election campaign due to the freedom of the Amistad prisoners. This is a simplification of history. While the film has its fair share of accurate events, such as the mutiny abroad the ship, Spanish pressure to return the Africans to Spain, the actual trial in Connecticut and the Supreme Court, it fails in accurately portraying the importance of……

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Silent Film and How Critical

A good example of the first movement would be Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari." (Blakeney, 2009) Blakeney write that the films' atmosphere and plot are through visual means almost entirely revealed through use of sets that are "wildly abstract and dramatically exaggerated makeup." (Blakeney, 2009) The film is reported to unfold "in an enthralling completely artificial environment where…

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Sunset Boulevard Is a Classic

The death of Gillis is in many ways the death of hope of reconciling Hollywood's two polar opposites. Wilder's message is pessimistic, and yet in the character of Betty there is a light of hope. Death is not, however, a major theme in Sunset Boulevard. Sunset Boulevard in not an existential musing; it is more of a portrait of American culture. The director makes extensive use of camera panning for long, continual shots. In the opening shot, the continuous panning adds suspense and draws in the viewer. The cameras pause at the swimming pool in which the limp body of the narrator lies floating face down. Through the glassy water of the pool we see Gillis's face and the police looking coldly detached, some not even looking at him. The mis-en-scene is impeccable, revealing that Willis dies a nobody and in so doing he manifests Norma Desmond's greatest fear for herself. It is not a coincidence that Wilder opts for the long continuous panning at the end of the film as well as the beginning, providing an alpha and omega effect that leaves the viewer with a strong sense of closure. In the tragic ending, the camera follows the completely insane Desmond down the stairs of her glorious mansion while the elaborate film score plays. Wilder uses sound and music judiciously throughout Sunset Boulevard. Desmond is thoroughouly lost in her part; which seems to signal that acting itself plays a strong psychological trick on the actor and can in fact lead to a fractured psyche in which the actor, the actor's public persona, and the character are inextricably entwined. A sense of self has vanished, and is too malleable to remain in touch with reality. The voice over of Willis comments that "the dream she had clung to so desperately had enfolded her" as the camera follows Desmond down the stairs. Although her former lover turned codependent protector Max Von Mayerling (played by Von Stroheim) has created an entire movie set and all eyes are upon dear Desmond, the entire scene is dreadfully warped. Everything is fake, and all the participants in the drama understand what is going on except for Desmond. Desmond almost succeeds in breaking the third wall between the actor, character and viewer when she mentions all "those wonderful people out there in the dark." When Desmond utters the words of warning, "You see this is my…

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Psychopathology in Popular Film; a

Some of the shortfalls include the sexual scenes, time period, environment and the recovery process of Alex. The movie portrays time period of the seventies but the sex making scenes show an encouragement of the generation of Alex. Also the timing and environment could have become much better and it could have placed a very strong influence on criminal violence…

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Cinematography Order Cinematography and Film

Another element that plays a big part in this 2009 motion picture was the different clothing, props, hair styles, and what the characters looked like through the entire movie because there was mostly men with dark trousers and hats with white looking shirts and some with suspenders from how the men had wore their clothes back in those days. You…

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Roberto Rossellini's Movie Paisan and

Another aspect of the movie that makes it significant in relation to the postwar period is the quality of the movie and sections in which the shooting took place. The shooting of the movie did not have a special setting as it took place in the natural environment and streets of postwar Italy. This natural setting shows the roughness and depicts the outcomes of the war on the environment, and its impact on the economic development of the country as it shows the distraction of structures and property. Therefore, despite the setting of the film being in rough rugged sites and other sites that appear not pleasing, this does not affect the significance of the movie in telling the story (Andall 34). Another aspect of the setting and shooting that makes this movie significant in telling the post war story; and its influences on Italy and its development is the quality of the film itself. The quality is watchable but also scratched and rough. Nonetheless, this aspect of the movie quality does not affect the impact of the move on the audience. In essence, it enhances the harshness of the story and the difficulty that the production team underwent in producing the story on the streets and in the rubbles of the war period (Gallagher 71). Therefore, in evaluating the decision of Rossellini to produce the movie in these natural settings and also using armatures to wander the locales makes the story incredibly heart pounding and mysterious; yet telling a tragic story that affected the post war period of post Mussolini Italy; having come from past years of turbulent times. Rossellini identifies that the production of such a movie requires extra caution and facilities to ensure production of quality movie, with the correct settings. Nonetheless, he still took the chances, and this enhances his ability as a movie star to tell such a heart-pounding story that tells the history of a country in a remarkably touching way. The effect of the historical and cultural factors in the story as told by Rossellini helps tell the impact of the world war and poor leadership exemplified by Mussolini in the development of the country. This movie influenced the futuristic development of Italy in a significant way as it tells the events in a way that not even the government would present such information to the citizens. The movie shows the aspects of…

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Movie: A Better Tomorrow (1986)

¶ … movie a-better-tomorrow-1986 revolves around two childhood friends who are also counterfeiters; Mark and Ho.at the beginning of the film these two men are living quite a high life and are seen to be lighting cigars using paper money. But just like all gangster movies the end of their supremacy is beckoning. This end comes when Ho is double crossed and eventually getting a prison sentence that provokes Mark to seek revenge. Mark is wounded during a gunfight in a room that was filled with rival gangsters but he also succeeded in bringing down some of the occupants of the room with bullets. These wounds rendered Mark a liability and soon the criminal limelight the Mark and Ho had dominated is wrestled by an upcoming ganster.at the same time Ho is released and makes the decision of going straight for the same of his brother whose career as a rookie cop had no future of advancement due to the blood ties he has with a known gangster .however his going straight is marred by various obstacles one of them being Ho's former prot'g who now heads the criminal empire and has been keeping Mark in the garage and had him relegated to bum duties. Several years after the events that had taken place in a better tomorrow Ho is offered parole in exchange for him to spy his former boss who is suspected to be carrying out a counterfeiting operation. However since Lung was Ho's mentor he declines this offer but changed his mind when he discovered that his younger brother was working on the same case. Lung was framed for murder and asks Ho to help him escape to New York but he suffers a psychotic breakdown after he got news……

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Movie Editing

Editing Analysis of Selected Movies For modern motion picture audiences, the art of film editing has risen to the level of quality that it is unnoticed -- if it is done expertly. In its most fundamental, editing is a process that assembles raw film shots into a coherent whole through the creative use of layering images, story, dialogue, pacing, and…

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How to Analyze an Entire Film

¶ … Film There are numerous influencing factors determining how a viewer chooses and analyses a certain film. Firstly, a basic rule when deciding to watch a movie is to overcome any obstacles which may prejudice people against watching the respective motion picture. There is a big possibility that such a behavior would cause a viewer to be hesitant when…

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Canada's Film Industry

Canada's Film Industry When talking about movies, most people's mental representation consist of the sign from the Hollywood Hills, the well-known Hollywood's Walk of Fame or the glamorous Oscar ceremony which allows them to recognize their favorite actors or actresses. But how many realize that the roots of celebrities who are given the red-carpet treatment aren't exclusively American? For instance,…

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1976 Movie Network

Network Directed by Sidney Lumet and written by Paddy Chayefsky, 1976's Network provided one of the most cutting satires of television and American media culture to be produced in the twentieth-century, and its themes continue to resonate to this day. However, the film's incisive consideration of network television can frequently obscure one of the most interesting elements in the film;…

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Citizen Kane Film Is a Dramatic Art

Citizen Kane Film is a dramatic art form, but it is a form that tends more toward realism than does stage drama. For one thing, film always offers the illusion of reality because the action depicted is presented as if filmed while actually taking place, and no matter how clear it is that this is not so and that the…

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What Was Wrong in Catwoman the Movie?

¶ … wrong in Catwoman: The Movie It is quite rightly said that results are assessed not by the effort one puts into a venture, but the results it produces. Cutting across industries, the ultimate test of any marketing venture, be it movie making, it is acceptability by the target customers, the audience in this case study who is the…

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Movie Industry in America Has

" Other famous films released at the same time were "Little Women" and "Flying Down to Rio." Other famous titles include "Bringing up baby" and "Hunchback of Notre Dame." (RKO studios) "It's a Wonderful Life," "Suspicion," "Hitler's Children," "The Bells of St. Mary's," "The Best Years of Our Lives" and "The Magnificent Ambersons" are some of the other titles. At…

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Movie Production Is One of

The authors cite several examples of independent and low-budget films such as The Blair Witch Project that have pleased critics, moviegoers, and reaped box office profits. The chapter offers a thorough yet brief explanation of the film industry and its influence on modern society. Indeed, movies do help shape cultural values, as the authors suggest (p. 124). The power of film is in the media itself: in the intense visual and auditory experience of being in a dark room for several hours. The authors also examine the issues of censorship in the film industry, showing how even in its infancy the film industry was criticized for contributing to moral degeneracy. The so-called Legion of Decency tried to squelch filmmakers and stop them from producing films with sexuality or violence. Although the Legion of Decency is no longer operating, similar organizations of concerned citizens try to stop the production of films that are deemed morally offensive. However, film would not be such a meaningful media if it did not take on sensitive issues. I believe that it is the responsibility of filmmakers to explore sensitive issues, if not in the interest of stimulating thought and public debate then only for creative liberty. While there should be some limits on sex and violence in films shown in public movie houses, it is up to the filmmaker to produce that which pleases their taste and that of their audience. The authors also take care to explicate the financial side of the film industry, by exploring issues like exhibition costs, distribution costs, and auxiliary costs. Product placement and merchandising has become a major money-maker in Hollywood. Films frequently sell off the names and images of characters; clips from their movies; and their soundtracks in order to boost profits. One of the results is the proliferation of toys and other merchandise. In most cases, the merchandise is marketed to young kids, such as through fast-food restaurant toy giveaways. However, sometimes the merchandise is marketed to an adolescent or even adult audience. One merchandising issue that the authors do not describe is video games and the fact that films spawn video games. The reverse is also true: video games have given birth to films such as Tomb Raider, and more recently, Doom. The Lord of the Rings trilogy gave rise to the marketing of specialized swords and other fantasy emblems that adults are attracted to as…

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History and Progression of Film Cinema Technology

¶ … progression of Film / Cinema Technology One of the more important names in the history of cinema technology is that of the Englishman, Eadwaerd Muybridge, 1830 to 1904, who was at the outset a photographer and an inventor of technologies beyond his own times, and who became famous for his photographic studies of the locomotion of animals and…

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Film Analysis of the Film Wall-E Is

Film Analysis of the film Wall-E Wall-E is a sci-Fi film that shows displays a story of lonely robot that has been left on Earth in order to clean up the mess humanity's has made. Disney-Pixar's, Wall-e, through analyzation is a film that is capable of opening a lot of eyes to how human beings treat the environment and where…

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In the Year 2010, the

China as Emerging Film Market In the year 2010, the State Administration of Radio film and Television (SARFT) passed about 526 films from the censorship review in China. About 1800 films, in the same year, received the initial project confirmation that they required. In the year 2010, 1100 film companies were involved in the Chinese film industry and out of…

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Art of the Critique Film Critique Is

¶ … Art of the Critique Film critique is not unlike literary critique in many ways. The ability of the director to reinforce the central theme of the film throughout the film is the key to maintaining the strength of the film. The characters should support the central theme of the film through not only their dialogue but through their…

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Analyzing Movies

¶ … film is a comprehensive work of art with visual, symbolic, auditory, and potentially political elements. Yet individual scenes can be deconstructed to reveal the role of the camera, its angles, and lighting on the overall impact of the movie. Directorial cues and cinematography therefore comprise the most basic means of analyzing a movie. A movie is, after all,…

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Film "United 93" Directed by Paul Greengrass.

¶ … film "United 93" directed by Paul Greengrass. Specifically it will provide an analysis of the film using technical, mise-en-scene, history, performance, and society concepts. "United 93" tells the story of the doomed United Airlines plane that the passengers attempted to take over after they learned of the events in New York City and Washington, D.C. On the day…

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Romantic Comedy Film Genre Has Been Around

Romantic comedy film genre has been around almost since the inception of film as we know it, and before that in countless theatrical productions and even prose and poetry that predates the romantic comedy theatrical genre. Essentially, life and love are two of the most essential areas of self-discovery that are universal to human existence and therefore call audiences from every human condition to look for models and standards. Additionally, comprising the two, human romance, with comedy is essential in the fact that many wish to see and seek out imagery and thoughts that simplify and therefore make approachable the convoluted and difficult reality of human love relationships. In other words, we all, rich-poor, majority-minority, complicated-simple seek love and are much more willing to approach it and listen to the messages it has for us when it is given to us in the form of satire. Comedy, i.e. satire is the element within the genre that makes even complicated human emotions approachable to all, even when it only remotely represents the real life experience of romance. Satire, allows the individual to approach complicated social issues, surrounding love and romance that transcend the human condition, including but not limited to race, class, distance, difference, betrayal, trust and complacency and even violence or fear of it in such a way that human lessons can be learned without fear or real difficulties can be ignored and/or suspended by being put into the context of fictional lives and characters. Gehring 118) Siska, in the Handbook of American Film Genres describes the formula of a romantic comedy as; "man wins woman, woman expresses dissatisfaction with being dominated and leaves man, man undergoes series of trials to win woman back" (363) Though this formulary may be over simplistic it still tends to override the genre and build the plot of a good, romantic comedy film. The film genre has also realistically evolved over the years to incorporate modern social issues, such as divorce, adultery, technology, single parenting, human sexuality, crime or fear of crime, object worship or consumerism and so forth, all of which offer rich fodder for social commentary in romantic comedy as well as opportunity for comedic events and circumstances. Siska 363) Within the genre there are literally thousands of examples but when thinking of consummate examples of romantic comedy in the modern era three films come to mind; the Breakfast Club (1985), When…

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Movie-Making Has Become Such a Pervasive Art

Movie-making has become such a pervasive art form that specific movie genres have developed to meet the emotional needs of the movie-going public. One subtype of movies that has a guaranteed dramatic impact is the serial-killer suspense movie. These movies include films such as Copycat, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, and Silence of the Lambs. Serial-killer suspense movies have a power emotional impact because they tap into basic human emotions. First, because these movies follow the exploits of serial killers, they give movie-goers the intellectual challenge of trying to figure out or understand the serial killer. Second, these movies tap into the visceral thrill of the selfish murder, by demonstrating killing for the sake of killing. Finally, these movies tap into the fear of strangers; the absolute vulnerability that human beings have when they interact with other people. Because these emotions are so strong, serial-killer suspense movies are dramatic and involving for the audience. Unlike many traditional thrillers or regular-horror movies, there is an intellectual edge to the serial killer movie. For example, in the movie Copycat, the detective who is tracking down the killers must try to get into the killer's head by understanding his crime scenes and predicting what he will do next. In Silence of the Lambs, the lead character's entire interaction with Hannibal Lecter is based upon the premise that he will be able to provide her with clues to the identity of an active serial killer. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer differs from the other movies, in that there was no detective hunting the killer; instead, the audience is left to observe Henry in as his crimes unfold. However, that places the audience in the role of profiler, trying to determine what is motivating Henry's crimes and whether someone like him could be stopped. While most human beings are reluctant to admit it, there is something about the selfish personality that is fascinating. What could be more selfish than a serial killer? Therefore, these films allow human beings to vicariously enjoy absolute selfishness. In Copycat, part of the allure of the movie is that the killer has taken the time to emulate past famous murders, and is killing people, not because of what they have done to him, but because of how they……

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Movies and Methods: Volume I - Summary

Movies and Methods: Volume I - Summary and Review Both teachers and students of film would likely welcome this book, even though it was written in 1976. Some things do not go out of date, and even though much has happened since the 1970s there are a lot of classic works on film that are still very worthy of being…

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Film Theory and Criticism

Film Theory and Criticism Hitchcock is the master of subtext and suspense, he is definitely a genius when it comes to creating memorable scenes that balance sensual tension, sensual innuendo, and comedy and up bring suspense seamlessly. Briefly the plot outline of Hitchcock's movie "North by Northwest" (1959), is about a New York advertising executive who is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies. He begins his adventure in search of the real agent and is pursued across the States by both the spies and the government while being helped by a beautiful blonde. Robin Wood in his book called "Hitchcock's films revisited, book two," gives a concrete example of how a movie should be analyzed taking in consideration the ideology of the movie, its genre and author's fingerprint. Wood stresses the fact that the aim of a critic is to see the work "as wholly as possible as it is - to be able to draw on the discoveries and particular perceptions of each theory, each position, without committing himself exclusively to any one." Writing about ideology in cinema, Wood emphasizes that there is for sure an American ideology; the author names these ideologies "values and assumptions so insistently embodied in and reinforced by the classical Hollywood cinema." Giving such a list of values, Wood assures the reader that this list presents an ideology that is full of "contradictions and unsolved tensions." Some of the examples of values given, witch should be taken in consideration when discussing "North by Northwest," are: "capitalism: the right of the ownership, private enterprise; progress, technology, the big city; success/wealth; America as the land where everyone can actually is/can be happy, all problems are solvable within the existing system; the classical Hollywood phenomena, the happy ending; the ideal male: the virile adventurer, potent, untrammeled man of action; the erotic woman (adventuress), fascinating but dangerous, liable to betray the hero or turn into a black panther." The movie begins with the image of New York traffic in the windows of a gigantic building. Somehow the people are protected by the American democratic system, underlined by the big office building. The main character is at the beginning of the action as a common advertising man, who relies on modern civilization, he is fast talking, self-confident on the outside an immature. Shortly after the beginning of the movie Thornfill, the main character played…

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Japanese Film Double Suicide or Hanabi

Japanese Film Defining Reality in Double Suicide: When Traditional and New Storytelling Methods Combine Masahiro Shinoda's 1969 film Double Suicide recounts a tale of a two lovers who ultimately vow to be together in death, as they cannot fully be together in life. Though a common theme, this film tells the story in a decidedly uncommon way, utilizing elements of traditional Japanese puppet theatre and other Japanese storytelling techniques, combined with moments of more modern naturalistic and cinematic storytelling. The result is a compelling film that leads the audience not only on an exploration of the themes in inherent to the film's content, but also on an investigation of the implications of the film's construction and presentation. The use of the puppet theatre and ongoing non-realistic sets in the film Double Suicide help to emphasize the artificiality of the piece, while at the same time making the emotions and tragedy of the film as a whole more pronounced. It is not as though the audience would ever mistake what they are witnessing as reality, or as anything other than a story told through film, but the puppet theatre and several other elements that appear throughout the film serve as constant reminder that this story is unreal -- a fiction. This does not make the action any less intense or reduce the emotional content and value of the film, however, and in fact it does quite the opposite. By emphasizing the fact that this is fake, it creates a greater sense of generalization and familiarity -- because the audience is constantly reminded that these are only representations of people, not real individuals, it is easier to see echoes of emotions, actions, desires, and motives that all human beings……

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American Gangster Movie American Gangster. This Is

American Gangster Movie American Gangster. This is a 2007 film that was directed by Ridley Scott and is crime-based film that was adopted from New York Magazine story "The Return of Superfly" and is based on real life situation. It tries to relieve the life of Frank Lucas, who was a real life Harlem gangster who managed to smuggle heroin…

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