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Film Analysis of Double Indemnity Term Paper

… Film Analysis of Double Indemnity

"From the moment they met, it was murder!" This is the legendary tag line for Billy Wilder's most incisive film noir, Double Indemnity, even though in 1944, when it was first released in New York on September 11, critics called it a melodrama, an elongated dose of premeditated suspense," "with a pragmatism evocative of earlier period French films [poetic realism of the 1930s]," with characters as rough, solid and inflexible as steel.

Even though James M. Cain is accredited as the original novel and Raymond Chandler and Billy Wilder contribute to screenplay credit, the film is in fact based on the case of Ruth Snyder, a criminal murderess who breathed her last breath in the electric chair on January 13,…. [read more]

Crime Films Essay

… ¶ … Crime Film Genre and the Heroic Paradigm

The American crime film genre has been used throughout the 20th century as a vehicle for a variety of themes: from explorations of social degradation (White Heat) to social injustice and Christian allegory (On the Waterfront) to moral ambiguity (The Maltese Falcon, Touch of Evil) to action spectacle and car chases (The French Connection, Bullitt) to analyses of lost innocence and media corruption (Badlands, Natural Born Killers) to the film noir homage (Miller's Crossing). But primarily, the crime film genre has been used to represent a dual mentality in the American social fabric: "The first gangster cycle condemned and glorified the brutality of the underworld" (Mast 270). Raymond Chandler's tough-talking Marlowe would throw the scales of…. [read more]

Terminology Used in Film and Television Production Research Proposal

… FILM & TV Terminology


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 does."

Knowing the right techniques, however, as well as, the correct terminology, the researcher asserts, enhances the opportunities for a filmmaker or TV producer to more effectively produce a film/TV program. Consequently, this thesis purports:

As the terminology used in film and television production illustrates the specific lingo professionals utilize in the business, the use of this terminology may contribute to the success of the…. [read more]

Postmodernism and Film Essay

… Postmodern Cinema

Postmodernism and Film

Postmodernist cinema aims to redefine film through its rejection of definite principles and structures. As cinema has evolved, it has adapted to various artistic modes, one of the most recent being a postmodernist approach. Postmodern elements can be seen to an extent in Beyond the Black Rainbow, a 2010 science-fiction horror film directed by Panos Cosmatos, however, this film fails to capture the spirit of postmodern film. On the contrary, postmodern elements are more evident in Sugar & Spice, a 2001 comedy by Francine McDougall. Through a comparison of Beyond the Black Rainbow and Sugar & Spice, one can see how the postmodern to erase the delineations between what is considered high culture and low culture by focusing on self-reflexivity,…. [read more]

Media Violence What Impact Term Paper

… All three in the context which they were presented are believable and I agree with them.

Disagreement with two statements: a) "movies were helping shape a race of criminals" (Timmer, 2011) (this is patently absurd); and b) "…the only firm conclusion to be drawn, then, is that it is premature to draw any conclusions" (this is false because obvious conclusions can be and are being drawn vis-a-vis children imitating aggression and learning aggression (Weaver, 2011).

Two ways police, prosecuting attorneys and judges should address this issue: a) law enforcement should collaborate with schools to involve parents in selective strategies for what their children watch; b) children who are aggressive in elementary school (due to video game obsessions) should be given tours of prisons to show…. [read more]

Run Lola Term Paper

… Whether or not one imagines Lola considering these three possible futures before setting off (with far more detail than the average human is capable of) is irrelevant, because the film itself, unlike humans, is able to stop, rewind, and start again (indeed, Lola even seems to initiate this process after the first sequence by saying "stop" aloud).

Film's defining ability to segment and rearrange temporal sequences in this fashion allows Run Lola Run to imitate a facet of human experience while simultaneously making a statement about the medium of film itself, revealing that Run Lola Run "has the qualities of a manifesto," in that its argument about film's relationship to the human experience of reality is performative (Revesz 109). This can be seen in the…. [read more]

Low Crime Community Essay

… Low-Crime Community

An Analysis of the Elements of Crime and how they can contribute to Harmony

A low crime community is the goal of every neighborhood and city in the world, but achieving it is unquestionably one of the most puzzling problems to solve for local governments and police forces. The problems of crime in some of the country's most dangerous communities are never-ending, and every additional crime begets more crime, creating a dangerous compounding effect. The motivations for an individual or group to commit a crime are many, from pure economic reasons, down to the most arcane violent acts that shock neighborhoods by the displayed malicious intent.

There are some communities that have significantly reduced crime, however, by adopting some common sense rules and…. [read more]

Crime Analysis and Intelligence Analysis in the Future of Policing and Homeland Security Term Paper

… Crime Analysis and Intelligence Analysis in the Future of Policing and Homeland Security

The objective of this work is to write a position paper on the roles of crime analysis and intelligence analysis in the future of policing and homeland security while citing at least 10 sources and ultimately conducting a synthesis of the various concepts, tools, issues and perspectives in what will be a critical analysis.

Inspector Gadget was a cartoon character that was very popular in the 1990s and was a character that had a great many very cool gadgets just as did James Bond in the movies. Yesterday's dream gadgets are the today's police and homeland security officer's tools of trade. However, if this information and technology is not properly shared in…. [read more]

Literature of the Family Creative Writing

… ¶ … Self-Criticism.

I once heard Cornel West say, "The unexamined life is not worth living." If I recall correctly, I heard him say that to Tavis Smiley on NPR. I searched on the Internet and found that the quote dates back to Socrates, and is a line (38a) from "The Apology." Well, regardless of its origins, it's a line that stuck in my head, a line -- one of those axioms -- I couldn't forget. And when I think of reasons to read literature, why one should crack open the pages of "In My Father's House" by Earnest J. Gaines or "Death of a Salesman," by Arthur Miller, I think of Cornel West saying in his enthusiastic and prophetic voice, "The unexamined life is…. [read more]

Hero Has the Ability to Face Adverse Essay

… Hero has the ability to face adverse situations without any fear. They put the well-being of others before their own well-being. They do not necessarily have to be physically strong or have muscles that are able to life entire buildings at once; they just have to have a strong character. Although in modern society, it can be rare to find actual heros, individuals who are selfless and thoughtful of others, they are still found. Soldiers are today's modern heros. Specifically, soldiers fighting in the Middle East, whether it is Iraq or Afghanistan, are the individuals that everyone should look up to because of their bravery. They encounter the evils of war everyday, yet they persevere with dignity and ambition. Having to be on their toes…. [read more]

Fate in Literature Stories Essay

… He is very determined and focus to be unlike his father who shamed his family because of his laziness and lack of honor. Okonkwo equates weakness with being like his father and that is the last thing he wants for himself. Due to his strength and determination he has manages to lift his social standing, but due to the tragic flaw of pride fate begins to take its course after he ignores warnings and decides to kill Ikemefuna as a sign of strength.

Okonkwo has a very distorted view of himself, the following quote from chapter eight gives us an insight look as to how he views weakness. He says to himself after killing the young boy "When did you become a shivering old woman,'…. [read more]

John Grierson the Documentary Film Developed Term Paper

… John Grierson

The documentary film developed alongside the narrative film, though largely during the sound era. It was shaped most profoundly during the 1930s as filmmakers began to record sociological an anthropological studies of different populations. Some of the early films were treated much as narrative films were and were widely released in theaters, achieving some popularity. In the early 1930s, this included such films as Nanook of the North and Moana, both by Robert Flaherty. These films were different not only because they presented real people in real situations but because they were filmed on real locations and not in studios. The silent film had sometimes gone outside the confines of the studio, but the advent of sound tied the camera to the soundstage…. [read more]

Blade Runner: A Marriage Essay

… Because replicants were not human, albeit they were perfect human substitutes, it was considered acceptable in this society to enslave them because it was believed that replicants were not capable of feeling emotions.

This segregation between man and machine ultimately leads to a schism within society with the conflict subsequently leading to rebellion. One of the main reasons that the replicants rebel against humans is because they have been oppressed; not only are they slaves, but they are also not allowed to cohabitate with humans on Earth with their mere presence on the planet being considered illegal. However, had the replicants not rebelled, there would have been no need to organize blade runner units to quell the rebellion. Oddly enough, the line between man and…. [read more]

Badlands Formalism Meets Realism Term Paper

… Although Holly's father is not to be taken as an uncaring man, he does come across as one who is missing something vital. He has no time for Kit and no desire to understand him or to see him come around. To Holly's father, Kit is an intruder. To Holly, Kit is a kind of Peter Pan.

Yet, their love seems almost arbitrary, even as it is idyllically set against picturesque backdrops (a picnic on the river under the bows of tree, while she looks uncomfortably over her shoulder as though expecting to see the disapproving eyes of her father and he hunches over a deck of cards). She says without conviction, "What a nice place," and he agrees -- but there is something lacking…. [read more]

Should Sex and Violence on Television or in the Movies Be Restricted Research Paper

… Shoud sex and violence on television or in the movies be restricted?

There is presently much controversy regarding television and the effect it has on the public as a whole. Although most people claim to be able to filter the information they receive from their television sets, it is virtually impossible for someone not to be affected as a result of watching particular scenes. Given that most television producers are aware of the fact that sex and violence are essential in drawing audiences, they are devoted to introducing these two elements as frequently and as explicitly as possible. Viewers are negatively influenced as a result of seeing sex and violence on television and something needs to be done regarding this-namely to limit the two audience-magnets…. [read more]

Plots in Stanley Kubrick's 1987 Film Full Term Paper

… ¶ … plots in Stanley Kubrick's 1987 film Full Metal Jacket and Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 motion picture Rear Window are both adaptations, with the former being inspired from Gustav Hasford's 1979 semi-autobiographical novel "The Short Timers" and the later being adapted from Cornell Woolrich's 1942 short story "It Had to Be Murder." Although the films are somewhat true to the stories that they are based on, the directors have modified certain aspects with the purpose of altering the message that each of them is meant to convey so as for it to be in accordance with their perspective regarding the elements present in these narratives. The scripts were also restructured in order to make them more understandable to an international public. Overall, both adaptations have…. [read more]

Nathaniel Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown Essay

… Hester's experiences are shown by Hawthorne as the powerful weapons she used to change herself and her life forever.

However, the most fascinating thing about her character is the valiance she demonstrates in facing the world alone (Ginsberg). Thus, it is crystal clear that even though both the stories have a different background, the two leading characters of Goodman Brown and Hester made the related choice of self-discovery and wrongdoing.

The two short stories are so brilliantly written that they move the reader away from formalism and makes them discover the principles of self-discovery, responsibility and relationship with others and nature. The dynamic characters of both Young Goodman Brown and The Scarlet letter along with their mysterious plots have placed Nathaniel Hawthorne in the American…. [read more]

Shakespeare's Play: Romeo and Juliet / Film Term Paper

… Shakespeare's play: Romeo and Juliet / film and musical: West Side Story / one of Leonard Bernstein's songs used in the film

Star-crossed lovers' then and now: A Comparison of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" and Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story"

Both William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" and Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story" take up an old tale, once told by a different author in a different genre, and reconfigure that tale to create a new, artistic vision. Even before Shakespeare told his story of the two young "star-crossed lovers," in his "Midsummer's Night's Dream," he used the comedic depiction of the story of Pyramus and Thisbe, two lovers fleeing oppressive parents, who die tragically because one believes that the other is dead, to highlight how…. [read more]

American Literature Influenced by Mccarthy Term Paper

… McCarthy Blacklists

The Influence of McCarthyism on Literature

The McCarthy era began following WWII. Senator Joseph McCarthy started a witch hunt for communists. People were seeing, and reporting, communists behind every bush. Any activity which went against the status quo or the political power structure was considered subversive. Congress formed the House Unamerican Activities Committee and began a black list of people considered to be subversives, communist sympathizers and people who would not cooperate with the committee, which meant they would not testify against their fellows or name names of "other suspected subversives." The black list prevented anyone on it from working in the entertainment industry, publishing their work or often even from getting an ordinary job. It was a black time in American history…. [read more]

Transmedia Characters Term Paper

… Transmedia

Sherlock Holmes: Traversing Time and Media

Solve for X

In the fan-fiction story "Solve for X," which examines Sherlock Holmes in a modern setting, the famous detective has his addiction modernized along with the other elements of his personality and his actions. He notes at one point in the story, in his role as the narrator, "Heroin addiction does horrible things to the body's ability to produce and respond to endorphins. Its sweet unnatural bliss comes at the cost of every natural source of pleasure" (p. 10). Heroin is, of course, a modern processed or manufactured opiate, as opposed to more raw or less processed opium available in the days of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his pipe-puffing hero, yet interestingly the original Holmes…. [read more]

Transmedia Characters Sherlock Holmes Term Paper

… Sherlock Holmes

While any character could in theory be transmedial, in practice there are certain features about a fictional character that makes it more likely he or she will reoccur across media. All of these potential features are too many and varied to discuss here, but it is possible to focus on one character in order to see how particular character features make him especially conducive to transmedia appearances. Specifically, the character of Sherlock Holmes is particularly to suited to transmediality thanks to his serialized origins, the fact that observation and liminal technological interest and use are constituent parts of his character, and the ease with which his original story was retconned following the character's apparent death. By examining the character of Sherlock Holmes in…. [read more]

Arugmentative Analysis an Argumentative Essay

… ¶ … Arugmentative Analysis

An Argumentative Analysis

When most people think of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, they will often associate it with the popular film that was produced by director Tim Burton. However, this piece of work is based off of an adaption from the 1820 novel published by Washington Irving. As, the film loosely follows: the events and characters that are depicted in the book. To fully understand the differences between the two requires comparing these works with each other. This will be accomplished by: examining the most important difference between them, looking at how the values that have shifted from one version to the next and what Burton's film reveals about issues that are of concern in our own time. Once this…. [read more]

Oldboy an Analysis of Chan-Wook Park Term Paper

… Oldboy

An Analysis of Chan-Wook Park's Oldboy

Chan-wook Park's Oldboy (2003) is a South Korean film that is one part mystery and one part Greek tragedy. One might easily compare it to Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, but doing so still leaves much to be said of the Asian tour-de-force of the heart. The subject matter is, of course, taboo -- but the taboo is not really revealed into the final moments of the film, and then it is pressed home with a hammer. But even it is not the real theme of the film -- neither is revenge -- and Oldboy is often quoted as a being a "revenge film." It is a film about revenge -- and the twist at the end which reveals just…. [read more]

Hero? The Definition of "Hero" Has Changed Journal

… ¶ … hero?

The definition of "hero" has changed quite radically over the centuries. Today, there seems to be two types of hero: the "action hero" type displayed most prominently in films involving actors such as Sylvester Stallone; and the more subtle hero, who makes necessary and radical changes, but on a much more subtle level. Many of today's heroes are charity workers, rescue workers, teachers, and writers. For me, the most important characteristic of the modern hero is the ability and drive to make a difference in the lives that share the world with them.

By this definition, one might believe the greatest heroes to be those with large amounts of money to donate to worthy causes across the world. The band U2 or…. [read more]

Criminal Profiler Literature Review

… Criminal Profiler

'The role of a criminal profiler is to create a personality or character sketch of the individual responsible for committing the offense or crime. Tammy Clevenger, eHow Contributing Writer, in the article, "What is a Criminal Profiler?" states, "Criminal profiling, also known as offender profiling, criminal personality profiling, criminal investigative analysis, criminological profiling, and behavioral profiling, should not be confused with psychological profiling. The FBI's term for criminal profiling is criminal investigative analysis" (Clevenger, ¶2). The first officially recognized use of criminal profiling was performed in the 1950's by Dr. James Brussels, who used profiling to determine the identity of "Mad Bomber of New York City" as George Metesky (Clevenger, Recent History Section, ¶1). Dr. Brussels was trained in psychiatry and criminology; he…. [read more]

Heritage British Cinema and Thatcherism Term Paper

… Heritage British Cinema and Thatcherism

The book, "British Cinema in the 1980's" by John Hill, has given detailed accounts of both heritage as well as Empire films, but however, happens to convey the mistaken message that filming the past is all completely an escapist and a reactionary idea, and that it has to actually look extremely ugly. It is a fact that British cinema has always managed to pose a real problem to the comprehension of Americans and others all over the world, and when contemplating British cinema, several issues automatically come to the fore, among them the question of what exactly British Cinema is about, what exactly does it depict and discuss, what has it contributed to the cinema of the world, except maybe…. [read more]

1930'S Novel They Shoot Horses Term Paper

… The audience is set up for the predictable if the book has been read. When the film begins Robert Syverton (Sarrazin) is standing trial for murder. At this point the details of the facts behind the murder have been kept deliberately blurred. The audience then jumps from the trial to Chicago's famous Aragon Ballroom. Here a dance marathon competition is close to getting started.

At the marathon the competitors include Gloria Beatty (Fonda). She is an self-sufficient, unpleasant recluse who is shown to enjoy displaying her rage to those around her. Instead of participating with her originally planned partner she is participating with Robert Syverten. Although he aggress he is not really interested in being a part of the contest. These are the main characters.…. [read more]

Denisovich and Shawshank Ivan Essay

… While Solzhenitsyn specifically placed his story over the period of a single day, mostly to give the impression of the Shukhov's acceptance of his situation, Darabont's film encompasses two decades, indicating the main character's refusal to accept his imprisonment and the loss of his humanity.

The main character of the Shawshank Redemption is Andy Dufresne, a convicted murderer who claims to be innocent. He is an educated, upper-class man who was the vice-president of a bank. He is described as a "tall drink of water with the silver spoon up his ass." (12:00) Andy's story, as well as all the other characters', is narrated by another prisoner named "Red," who is a self described "regular Sears and Roebuck." (8:30) Red is a prisoner, and uses…. [read more]

Incongruous to Try to Compare Essay

… So outraged were the readers of the pamphlet that the editor had to make a public apology for the piece. He wrote, in Renaissance English: "I am as sorry as if the originall fault had beene my fault, because myself have seene his demeanor no less civill than he exclent in the quality he professes: besides, divers of worship have reported his uprightnes of dealing which argues his honesty, and his facetious [felicitous] grace in writing that approoves his art" (Backus 1897). Greene was not without his supporters. Even in the Modern age, there are theorists who claim that not all of the works attributed to William Shakespeare were truly written by the Bard. There are some who even pose that none of the Shakespearean…. [read more]

Tell-Tale Heart: A Descent Essay

… Unable to shake the ringing in his ears, the narrator finally breaks down and confesses his crimes. It may be argued that the ringing that the narrator heard was not the old man's heart, which he believed was still beating under the floorboards, but rather his own beating heart which he paid more attention to because of his heightened senses. The inability to distinguish between his own beating heart and the dead man's heart is an effect of his increased anxiety and the unease that was created due to the presence of the policemen in the room.

Poe is able to successfully explore the dangers of mental instability through the characterization of the narrator in "The Tell-Tale Heart." Poe brought attention to an unknown and…. [read more]

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