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Cannes Film Festival Journal

… Cannes Film Festival

Day One Journal

The 64th annual Cannes Film Festival went underway today on this lovely Wednesday, 11 May 2011. The festivities will be held during the next twelve days and will conclude on Sunday, 22 May 2011. Like all previous Cannes Film Festival, this year marks a different one especially since legendary American film icon; Robert De Niro heads the panel of jurors for the feature films category of the competition. Not to be outdone, the Cinefondation and short films category competition has for its president famous filmmaker Michel Gondry. The Un Certain Regard and Camera d'or categories have Serbian director Emir Kusturica and South Korean director Boong Joon-ho as juror presidents, respectively.

The opening ceremony was hosted by Melanie Laurent, star…. [read more]

Fahrenheit 9/11 Documentary Film Fahrenheit 911 Research Paper

… Fahrenheit 9/11

Documentary Film

Fahrenheit 911 was released on 24th June 2004. The film is directed and written by Michael Moore who is also part of the film producing team along with Jim Czarnecki and Kathleen Glynn. The cinematography was done by Mike Desjarlais and the music was done by Jeff Gibbs. This film was distributed by Lions Gate Film/IFC. (Berardinelli) The film had a running length of one hour fifty two minutes. Fahrenheit 9/11 made its debut in 2004 Cannes Film Festival where it received the greatest standing applause from the mass in the history of that festival and was awarded with the Golden Palm, which is the festivals highest award. Apart from United States and Canada, this film was released in 42 other…. [read more]

Film the Inside Job Film Review

… the 2010 documentary film Inside Job directed by Charles Ferguson and narrated by American actor Matt Damon was considered one of the most interesting and appreciated documentaries of the year and was awarded the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2011. It is "an angry, well-argued documentary about how the American financial industry set out deliberately to defraud the ordinary American investor" (Ebert). Thus, it depicts the events that led to the financial crisis of 2008-9 with deep focus on the role of the Wall Street financial magnates whowere representative for the investment banks and rating agencies. The film also points out and develops in a very effective manner the relation these influential people are assumed to have had with the representatives from the…. [read more]

Movie Red Balloon Term Paper

… Red Balloon, "Le Balloon Rouge," is a 1956 French short film written and directed by Albert Lamorisse. The genre of this film is basically fantasy, and is a wonderful children-family movie. The movie, which is only thirty-four minutes long, follows a young boy, Pascal, played by the director's son Pascal, through the streets of Paris.

French filmmaker, Lamorisse, made this classic short about a lonely Parisian boy who is befriended by a large red balloon, which seems to have a will and mind of its own, and basically refuses to be abandoned by the boy.

Tom Keogh notes that as with Lamorisse's preceding short film, the 1952 "White Mane," the French director took home a grand prize from the Cannes Film Festival for "The Red…. [read more]

Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Essay

… In the book the horror of Kurtz is hinted at in lines such as the following: "His & #8230; nerves went wrong, and caused him to preside at certain midnight dances ending with unspeakable rights, which & #8230; were offered up to him" (Conrad, 208).

While the atmosphere and moral darkness and insanity is well portrayed in the film, yet the film does not quite live up to the intense sense of horror and degradation that we find in the book's portrayal of Kurtz. It should however be said that to capture the insanity of the figure of Kurtz in Conrad's novel is an extremely difficult task. This can be seen for example in the following quotations for the novel.

"He rose, unsteady, long, pale,…. [read more]

Canada's Film Industry Term Paper

… 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, how many cinephiles who have been touched by the story of Titanic, the renowned film that won 11 Oscars in 1998, know that its director James Cameron has Canadian origins? Furthermore, how many moviegoers have found out that contemporary cineplexes representing one of their favorite leisure destinations were invented by a Canadian? Certainly, the percentage of those people holding such information is very low as…. [read more]

Concept of National Cinema Literature Review

… National Cinema

The cinema and film is an art form that has existed since the first silent films saw the light. Today's manifestation of this type of entertainment takes many different forms. In the main stream of society, any person asked what type of film he or she prefers to see will focus on some sort of genre, such as romance or horror. Far less recognized is the fact that film is also connected to nationality. This fact is related to the growth and dominance of Hollywood many decades of the existence of the film industry. There has been, however, also a rise in the film industries of smaller nations, and especially those in Europe. Although a large number of these are highly dependent upon…. [read more]

Gangsters the Era of the Gangster Movies Term Paper

… Gangsters

The era of the gangster movies began shortly after the era of organized crime in the United States first began. The outlaw, in one form or another, has always been a fascination of mainstream America, and this has been reflected in our popular culture. The dime store novels of the nineteenth century were, in some ways, the precursors to the crime-based films of the twentieth century. In these books, characters like Billy the Kid and Jesse James were immortalized as rugged individualists who lived by their own rules and challenged authority in cunning and daring manners. Essentially, the character of the outlaw has been fascinating to American audiences for ages. But what the Wild West outlaw was to audiences of the nineteenth century, the…. [read more]

Kim Basinger it Is Difficult Essay

… What Ms. Basinger's other movies earned is irrelevant because "Boxing Helena," like every other movie, is unique. Taking averages over unique movies is meaningless. Further, complexity means that average revenue from the past is a poor predictor of tomorrow's outcome (De Vany, 1997, p. 20; (FAO: Agriculture and Consumer Protection).

3. Is plaintiff's expert correct in not attempting to estimate revenues for "Boxing Helena" beyond pre-sale amounts? Why?

Plaintiff's expert is correct in not attempting to estimate revenues for "Boxing Helena" beyond pre-sale amounts because there are so many variables in estimating movie revenues that the result would be meaningless. In addition to stating that Basinger's absence is only one of "immeasurably many elements" of the movie system, De Vany states, " Even if the…. [read more]

Cannes Film Festival Term Paper

… Tree of Life and Midnight in Paris

Malick's Tree of Life and Allen's Midnight in Paris: a Comparative Analysis

Two films that debuted at the 2011 Cannes Film Fest were Terrence Malick's long-awaited The Tree of Life and Woody Allen's nostalgic comedy Midnight in Paris. Malick's Tree of Life went on to win the Palme d'Or, and Allen's film screened out of competition. Yet both films (by American directors) employ the use of the fantastic -- Malick's by navigating the transcendental and the earthly through visions of cosmological grandeur and the simple day-to-day life of human existence in which characters experience joy, grief, innocence, guilt, love, hate, and redemption -- Allen's by sending his characters into an alternate reality in which they discover the limitations…. [read more]

Waltz With Bashir (Vals Im Essay

… As the film points out, Folman has a difficult time processing what he witnessed because he is far too familiar with the oppression of other people based on a desire to conquer them. As Folman demonstrates, oppression-based wars -- as opposed to survival-based wars -- will forever continue to plague civilization. Overall, Waltz With Bashir (2008) is an inspiring tale of a man who is forced to overcome his past in order to bring attention to the dangers that continue to pervade society and the lasting consequences of the massacre.

Waltz With Bashir (2008) has been praised by more than 142 critics and currently holds a "fresh" rating of 96% (Rotten Tomatoes, n.d.) Critics have described Waltz With Bashir (2008) as "These depictions of the…. [read more]

Analysis of Documentaries by Michael Moore Essay

… Filmmaker: Michael Moore

Michael Moore is not only a documentary film maker but also a satirist. Roger and Me was his first film and it turned out to be the highest-grossing American documentary of that period. Moore's politics and comedy arose from his background in a working-class society that he enjoyed from the manufacture of automobiles at several General Motors factories till the company left the town, as narrated in Roger and Me. Moore was a very firm opponent of GM as well as local Flint politics since the beginning of the Flint Voice, a newspaper at 22 years of age. The newspaper was partly funded by him via the weekly display of films, and supported it via work on the local public radio station…. [read more]

Magdalene Sisters Peter Mullan's 2002 Term Paper

… The inspiration for Mullan's movie was in part the documentary entitled "Sex in a Cold Climate," as well as a series of interviews aired on the news magazine show 60 Minutes (Sisters of Mercy of the Americas). Mullan's interest in the laundries prompted him to craft this cinematic masterpiece. Mullan, a Scottish actor-director, earned accolades for the movie, including a Golden Lion at the 2002 Venice Film Festival, ironic given the political implications of The Magdalene Sisters for an Italian audience. Mullan, who was raised a Catholic, has since "shifted his ideological allegiance to Marxism," (Dolbee). Still, Mullan describes himself as a Catholic, albeit a non-practicing one, and his daughter attends a Catholic school. Mullan was undoubtedly influenced by his Catholic upbringing in crafting The…. [read more]

Maya Deren: An Experimental Life Term Paper

… Deren's use of temporal and spatial dislocations, trance-like states and the expressive and ritualistic spirit of dance make it one of the highpoints of her film work. (5) This film is a dance, but it is also a social statement about the ritual role of women.

Beginning with three women performing household rituals, one young, one middle-age (played by Maya), and one older woman. The younger female then enters a party, where the actions of the people are choreographed in an unending waltz. A man approaches the young female, and the world changes. They are outside, and he pursues her. She runs from him. To escape him, she walks into the water until she is submerged. As she floats down, she is seen in a…. [read more]

What Kind of Message Term Paper

… Communications Case Study

Communications Initiative for Mr. Carey

Strategy and Preparation

Because Mr. Carey has expressed specific concern in my ability to coordinate and stay on top of all the elements of the project, my overall strategy is to communicate my complete awareness of the status of each and every program element. In that regard, I want to make sure that he understands that anything that is currently either delayed or on indefinite status is not delayed or unresolved because of any failure or fault of mine. I want to make explicitly clear that I am fully aware of each possible issue and that everything is in schedule to be completed as soon as the necessary elements that are not under our direct control are…. [read more]

World Wars: WWI -1918) and WWII -1945) Research Paper

… ¶ … World Wars: WWI (1914-1918) and WWII (1939-1945) occur. The Allied Forces win both wars, positioning the United States as a world superpower. The first use of the atomic bomb was used in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan during WWII.

Middle Eastern Affairs: The state of Israel is created in 1948.

The first of the Arab-Israeli Wars takes place the same year, a conflict that resumes today, yet has turned into more of an Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

American Presidency: President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in 1963 while on motorcade through the streets of Dallas, Texas. 11 years later in 1974, President Richard Nixon resigns after the Watergate Scandal.

Space technology: With the launch of Russia's spacecraft Sputnik in 1957, the space race with the United…. [read more]

Ambrose Bierce Facts About Bierce's Life Term Paper

… Ambrose Bierce

Facts about Bierce's life and work

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (June 24, 1842- 1914?) was an American satirist, critic, poet, short story (horror) writer, editor, and journalist.

His clear style and lack of sentimentality have kept him popular when many of his contemporaries have become obscure. Because of his dark, sardonic views and vehemence as a critic, he received the nickname "Bitter Bierce." This aspect didn't estrange him from the public, but built him a spectacular career as a writer, which influenced other writers as well.

His true love was satire, which he applied it in any form, whether ghost story or fable, newspaper column or lyrical lambaste, fantasy or pseudo-lexicography. His writings focused on the pathological images of horror first applied by Edgar…. [read more]

Global Strategy for Shin Shii Case Study

… Iced Tea Marketing in the United States Market

Market and Industry Opportunities of the United States

Logically, the number one market for Shin Shii tea outside Taiwan would be the United States. Commonsense indicates that the best place to sell any food or beverage product would be dictated by looking in the direction of the largest waistlines. Nothing indicates this better than the history of the U.S. food chain Wendy's. The success of this chain in an "oversaturated" market would argue this point well ("The History of Wendy's… 2010). Certainly, it can be argued that possibility is there. This would be the best indication that the company should definitely choose a global approach to marketing, rather than localization. The U.S. is also the safest market…. [read more]

Direct Impact That Catholic Voices Literature Review

… Although initially Unda and OCIC were both founded separately and had no connection to one another what so ever, but after the 1960's both these organizations started coming together more and more as they started dividing the tasks, that before they were doing separately, among themselves. Unda started working with UNESCO in the activities regarding the media education[footnoteRef:9] whereas; OCIC became concerned with the internet and video productions. Since 1980's all the congresses and meetings were being held jointly and later on in 2001 due to the need for one large organization devoted to all the media of the world, these two organizations merged into one organization known as SIGNIS. [9: See the Unda publication Educommunication Nouvelles, which started in may 1987 as a trimestrial…. [read more]

Art the Wikipedia Web Site Term Paper

… Its orientation is mainly horizontal as the painting's subjects (the Virgin, child, and men) were painted across it.

'Baptism of Constantine" and "Virgin and Child with Saint Anne," meanwhile, shared similarities in techniques that were reflected in paintings created during the period 16th century. "Virgin" is characterized as a vertically-oriented painting, where the subjects of the painting were also used as the central images in it. Compared to the "Adoration," the "Virgin" is more refined in terms of color detail, giving the painting greater illusion of three-dimensionality than "Adoration." Utilization of light and dark colors are balanced, giving central focus on the subjects (which were colored lightly) and contrasting the background (colored darkly).

'Baptism" shares the previous painting's ("Virgin") vertical orientation. However, in "Baptism," verticality…. [read more]

What Nigerians Are Viewing on TV Research Paper

… EbonyLife

The type of content that viewers in Africa want is based on the universal dynamic of entertainment categorization, which includes comedy, music, drama, action, fashion, news, and sports. Of these categories, sports, drama and comedy rank highest among African audiences, as indicated by Nielsen (2015) ratings and commercial reports, such as those performed annually and made available via Balancing Act (2014). Males in the age demographic 18-35 skew towards sports (with football being the most viewed sporting event in Africa) and comedy, while women in the demographic age group 18-35 skew towards drama (South African Audience Research, 2015).

In terms of original content, specifically female audiences embrace soap opera shows, dramas and talk shows such as The Spot, Moments, Life of a Nigerian Couple,…. [read more]

Eastman Kodak Company (Hereafter Term Paper

… It is estimated that each marketing representative (at a yearly salary of $40,000) will service 20 colleges or universities, creating an expense $2,000 per university, plus expenses.

With the advent of each new school term, other marketing activities will take place. The least expensive of these activities will be composed of placing advertising sheets on bulletin boards, passing out fliers, and advertising in college newspapers. The estimated expenses are $2,000 per school per year.

The remainder of specific marketing activities will include one-to-one marketing, alternative indoor and outdoor advertising, direct promotions, and campus tabling. Major costs in these marketing activities include human resources costs, and the costs of advertising materials. One-on-one marketing, direct promotions, and campus tabling will create an expense of approximately $10,000 per…. [read more]

Stella Artois Case Study

… The work that the company engaged in to save the face of the brand, however, was intelligent and strategic (Kotler, 2007). The brand has been a major sponsor of elite film festivals like Cannes and Sundance. "As well as its strong ties with film, it has been associated with tennis for the past 30 years, but the sports tie-up has now ended, replaced by a more unusual project: sponsoring the first commercial airship offering flights over London. Hilger says this type of activity is necessary for Stella Artois to reinforce the image of being an upmarket brand: 'It is a unique experience that people haven't seen before; that is what premium brands should offer. They should be vehicles of new surprising experiences" (brandstrategy, 2008). This…. [read more]

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