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Pan's Labyrinth Annotated Bibliography Detenber, Benjamin Annotated Bibliography

… Pan's Labyrinth

Annotated Bibliography

Detenber, Benjamin H., Robert F. Simons, and Gary G. Bennett. "Roll 'Em!: The Effects of Picture Motion on Emotional Responses." Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media 42.1 (1998): 113+. Questia. 18 Mar. 2008

Film researchers Benjamin H. Detenber, Robert F. Simons, and Gary G. Bennett Jr. (1998) discuss the concept of involving the viewer emotionally in the film. They argue that the look conveys the sense of emotion to the viewer, and the viewer responds in a like manner either relating to, or not, the expression of the actor's conveyance of emotion.

As I am trying to compare reality and fantasy within the movie Pan's Labyrinth, this article will help me establish how director Del Toro managed to create a unique…. [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]

Movie Industry in America Term Paper

… " 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 one stage stars like Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Orson Welles, Johnny Weissmuller, Robert Mitchum, Bette Davis, John Ford, George Cuckor and Alfred Hitchcock were with them. (RKO: The period of development ended with Howard Hughes and in 1959 he sold off the physical studios to Desilu Productions as a place to make "I love Lucy" and other shows. (RKO studios)

Unlike those studios which…. [read more]

Film Questions and Bliss Analysis Essay

… Then, it pulls back to show her blindfolding herself from her actual perspective, increasing the suspense and emotional connections the audience has with the character. Then, just as her foot is about to step off -- Cemal reaches over and whisks her off of the ledge. It was completely unexpected and since the frame was from Meryem's perspective, it was just as surprising to the audience as it would have been her character.

Throughout the film, Cemal's character changes dramatically. He goes from another one of the simple village mob to an actual individual who thinks and behaves on his own accord. He is first willing to commit murder to follow what he is told to do. Thus, his character at the beginning of the…. [read more]

Film Lone Star Discussing Various Term Paper

… This becomes a perfect way, the audience is carried by a thread of progression, Sayles shows how the present is just an extension of the past; they are one. Sayles has creatively and skillfully structured his murder mystery and love story to force audience to periodically reassess their understanding of the characters as more and more relevant details unravel. Though the chronological transitions effected within the shot represent the films most striking structural stylistic feature, other successful techniques and devices guide the audience through the geographical and chronological leaps in the story. The wonderful music (Mason Daring) runs from twangy mysterious melodies to nostalgic Mexican songs. It is very much like Texan music. Sayles uses music traditionally to comment on themes and characters, to reinforce…. [read more]

Movie Editing Term Paper

… 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 even the actor's performances to craft a more cohesive whole. In many ways, the film editor is the final director and can turn a film into a piece of cinemagraphic art or, conversely, great actors into a tedious "B" movie offering.

Film editing is one of the processes in the industry that has benefited from technological advances. With the advent of digital editing, film editors…. [read more]

Monsters, Violence, Gender Roles, and Family in Spanish Film Essay

… Monsters and Violence and Gender Roles and Concept of Family in Spanish Film

Francisco Franco Bahamonde's rightist regime has left a severe mark on Spanish history and tradition, influencing many film directors to get actively involved in presenting society with conditions in the territory during the period. Victor Erice's the Spirit of the Beehive and Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth both deal with events in Franco's Spain and with the Spanish Civil War in particular - as seen from the fiction-concentrated perspectives of two little girls. Even with the fact that these two motion pictures were made during different eras, one can still sense that they are generated by anti-authoritarian feelings in regard to Spain in the 1936-1975 period.

Whereas society typically considers that monsters…. [read more]

Japanese Film Ozu's Good Morning Term Paper

… Japanese Film: Ozu's 'Good Morning'

Good Morning-Ohayo (Japanese) (Yasujiro Ozu, 1959) is focused on an event from Tokyo during the early 1950s. The action in the movie takes place in an environment that is apparently experience a "Westernization" process influencing people's thinking and their perception toward matters that had just entered their culture. It is difficult to determine whether the film is meant to criticize the fact that the Japanese society came to be shaped by the West or if it actually encouraged people in becoming more open-minded regarding influences coming in from the Occident. The motion picture is generally meant to put across an episode involving a Japanese suburban community as it struggles to maintain its cultural values as it gets constantly bombarded with…. [read more]

Musical Theatre Film Research Paper

… Though these are old movies, they are indubitable classics that can teach important lessons. [3: Larson, B. (2010). "The 35 Best Dance Sequences in Film." Retrieved May 28, 2011, <>.]

Soon after the magic of the 1930's and 1940's on screen, Broadway choreographers and other talented actors aligned to make great movies throughout the 1950's and 1960's. According to Kenrick (2010), "from the 1950s onwards, most of the important Hollywood musicals were screen adaptations of Broadway shows […], Broadway choreographers were given the opportunity of recreating their stage dances for the big screen." As a result of this process, there are movie versions of some of the most popular musicals of all time, including Oklahoma, The King and I, West Side Story, and many…. [read more]

Physical Comedy on Film Sophisticated Term Paper

… Bedini becomes a comic Italian, clicking his heels and threatening people with a sword. There is a good bit in which Travers and Bedini are trying to decide who has the bigger key to Tremont's room in yet another mix-up.

There are two slaps that we see; Tremont flattens her hand on Travers' jaw. There is one we don't see; Madge gives Horace a black eye. This would, of course, be a punch and much more violent than a slap, which leaves only a temporary sting. So we are shown that it did happen, but not shown the act itself. In fact, this bit of business is so subtle that the laugh is dependent on its not happening.

The aftermath, though, is also comical. Horace…. [read more]

Frankenstein-Movie Reading About Cloning Term Paper

… The most memorable part is when the mad doctor checks the monster for signs of life. At first it seems like as if the experiment has failed, but then the camera focuses on the monster's right hand which is twitching. Frankenstein starts screaming in a very dramatic manner "Look! It's moving. It's alive. It's alive....It's alive, it's moving, it's alive, it's alive, it's alive, it's alive, it's alive! Oh - in the name of God. Now I know what it feels like to be God." (Filmsite, Tim Dirks, 1996) This is one of the most memorable and spectacular scenes in the movie. It has been popular with movie fans throughout the years and has been spoofed and lampooned in dozens of movies.

Whale does not…. [read more]

Lighting in the Film Titanic Term Paper

… Carpenter filmed "Titanic" in Super 35 format (2.4:1 aspect ratio) with a common top line. "As enormous and logistically challenging as Titanic was' Carpenter says, 'I feel happiest with the more intimate scenes'" (Kodak).


In "True Lies," "Jim Cameron's very blue night lighting" is extremely evident throughout the film, just as it is in "Titanic." From the opening shots of the forest outside the mansion in Switzerland, to each of the numerous other shots set at night, including the apprehension scene in the trailer park, and the interrogation scene, they all carry a heavy blue cast, insinuating moonlight, ice cold snow, and of course, water.

Again, as in "Titanic," many of the interior scenes, such as the parties, and the interior…. [read more]

1934 Film the Goddess Directed Essay

… As an audience we know she is determined to resolve the issue at hand. Before leaving she turns to comfort and reassure her son, this communicates to the audience that she is a loving, sensitive and caring woman. She then re-establishes her determination and strength by walking out the door to hunt down the man that stole her money. Her performance can be classified as effective, appropriate and strong. The lighting and composition help set the serious and somber mood of the situation. The lighting is dark and opaque while the composition is simple, barren and not at all ornate, the composition does not distract from the narrative.

When considering the cinematography aspects of the short clip, the framing of it simple and it encompasses…. [read more]

Tim Burton Movie Director Term Paper

… Tim Burton - Movie Director

Tim Burton is recognized as an accomplished director, producer, and writer has also been identified as a talented animator, artist, and photographer (Tim Burton FAQ). He was born in 1958 in Burbank, California and enjoyed watching classic horror films and cartoons as a small child (Tim Burton). His favorite monster movies included Godzilla, the Hammer horror films from Great Britain, and the work of Ray Harryhausen (Jackson and McDermott, 2004). One of Burton's heroes was actor Vincent Price. In the ninth grade, he won a prize for an anti-litter poster he designed for local garbage trucks (Tim Burton). After high school in 1976, Burton attended the Cal Arts Institute on a Disney scholarship.

Upon graduation, Burton joined Walt Disney Studios…. [read more]

Movies Compare and Contrast Essay

… Directors have the task of creating movies that last. More than 70 years ago, three well-known directors of the time made three movies all within the early 1940's. The films were "Meet John Doe," "Citizen Kane," and "His Girl Friday." The directors, Howard Hawks, Frank Capra, and Orson Welles, although different in their techniques and use of sound and visuals share some similarities in the way they portray their characters and show the stories. All three films develop the mind and soul of the characters and evoke a world within a world in the setting and lighting. The opening shots of the film "His Girl Friday" were quite excellent in that they were fast paced mimicking the activity of a real buy newspaper office. The…. [read more]

Right Thing the First Scene Term Paper

… The camera angle is very low, making Smiley's figure and that of the church behind him loom and tower. Placing Smiley squarely in front of the church, as if he is part of its construction, hints at the spiritual import of his words, which are ironically difficult to understand because of his stuttering. Here, Smiley directly introduces himself by saying, "My name is Smiley." His ethnicity is ambiguous; he has a beard and is fairly dark-skinned but does not appear to be of full African descent. Smiley embodies peace between various races and ethnicities.

The second shot in scene three focuses closely with a shallow focus on a photograph of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King together. Smiley marks an "X" next to Malcolm and…. [read more]

Film Analysis of the Patriot Case Study

… He is obsessively loyal to the British kingdom and will take any action, particularly if it is amoral as a means to his ends. His character's nickname is "The Butcher."

Much of the film is about the war and freedom from the British, yet there are other subtle themes at work in The Patriot. One of the most obvious is that of slavery and equality of all people in America. The audience is meant to understand that Martin is a patriot because of his defiance of the British and for other reasons, too, such as his human and nearly equal treatment of the freed Africans who work his land for a wage. Audiences are meant to understand or infer that there is a morality in…. [read more]

Violence in Pulp Fiction Research Paper

… (Media Awareness Network) In a free country it is up to the parents of children to ensure that the movies they see are age appropriate. Since the 1960's Americans have accepted violence in movies, but only for those who are old enough to understand that films are make believe. While some have tried to treat all Americans as children, most reject this notion and allow for the freedom of artistic expression.

Whether Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction is a film with too much violence, time has answered that question: No. Like many things in America, the market decides whether a film is too violent or not. While there will always be a small audience for those types of overly violent films, large audiences will usually not…. [read more]

Horror Film Term Paper

… Silence of the Lambs

The Brilliantly Disquieting Visuals and Creepy but Enlightening Text of Jonathan Demme's Feature Film Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Jonathan Demme's Academy (and other) Award-sweeping; enormously disturbing (artfully so); surprisingly, quietly brilliant horror film, The Silence of the Lambs (1991), achieves its eerily powerful, deeply memorable impact(s) on the psyche of the viewer in several different and indelible ways. Each of these is distinctly, brilliantly, artful, moreover; that is, visually; textually; musically; and in terms of deeply and progressively impression-building visual and psychological mise-en-scene combined. Further, the profound; seamless, and ever-increasing, as the film progresses, overall brilliance of Jonathan Demme's masterful horror flick unfolds along the lines of a (curiously surprising) feminist plot motif:, i.e., the coming-of-age of the psychologically-wounded (as…. [read more]

Catch Me Essay

… In seeing Frank acting out a certain scam in a certain context, while the interpretation of Frank's actions can be disputed, the context and environment in which the scam takes place cannot, providing a base level for interpretation of the work as a whole.


In viewing Catch Me If You Can in both of its mediums, one can see how certain aspects of the story can come across differently from paper to film. However, certain basics exist in order to provide both readers and viewers alike a jumping-off point in terms of history, culture and tone. Additionally, in understanding that each reader essentially takes what he or she subjectively wants to from a story or film, one can understand that all an author can…. [read more]

French Connection William Friedkin's 1971 Term Paper

… When Popeye looks up to search for the sniper's whereabouts, the camera follows his eyes, panning the tops of surrounding buildings. The camera angles are correspondingly high, and the mis-en-scene encompasses stark angular lines. A quick cut back to a semi-close-up of Popeye hiding behind the tree comes next: when sunlight hits his face, another shot rings out and the bullet ricochets off of the tree making a high-pitched noise and causing dust to swirl. When it does, the camera follows Popeye as he rapidly rolls over and walks toward the brick building.

The camera pans to follow Popeye as he creeps along the edge of the building. A zoom out permits the audience to gain greater perspective of the scene as Popeye steels his…. [read more]

Sound Technologies and Sound Design Thesis

… The synchronization of sound films was experimented during 1912 to 1914. These developments underlined the importance of technology and innovation in coming years of film industry. The history of film music also does not provide a coherent record of its developments as Lumiere brothers are also reported as introducing their film with music in 1895. However the confirmation of such records is a trivial task due to unclear documentation.

Phonographic sound and films were among the early films with music. It is also stated that a number of cinemas in Europe were dedicated for phonographic sounds. The introduction of phonographic and these cinemas throughout the world have influenced sound and music in films. It is reported that these cinemas showcased short films with operatic performances.…. [read more]

Blade Runner Reimagines the Future Research Paper

… Dutch angled shots are used to close the scene. As Deckard is escorted by Gaff into one of the spinners -- a flying car -- the angled shot frames further emphasize the distorting and disorienting nature of the world Deckard finds himself in.

In the film, language plays a major role in facilitating and complicating communication. In this scene, the complexity of language is first showcased in the interactions between Deckard and the Asian chef. Initially, Deckard has difficulty placing his order and resorts to accepting that the chef is going to give him whatever he -- the chef -- wants to give him. The blend of languages Gaff speaks further emphasizes the madness of the world Deckard lives in. Like the dialect Gaff speaks,…. [read more]

Bereford's Double Jeopardy Essay

… A second significant use of non-diegetic sound occurs after Libby is released on parole and when she first witness what happens to individuals that violate the terms of their parole. As Libby contemplates and reminisces about her son, and while Lehman is in a bar drinking as though he wants to drown his sorrows despite him doing his job, music plays over these sequences to convey feelings of contemplation and reflection on the choices and desires the characters have made. The third instance of non-diegetic sound used to create or establish mood occurs at the end of the film as Libby is finally reunited with her son, Matty. Music in this last sequence is intended to arouse feelings of happiness and relief. Because non-diegetic sound…. [read more]

Judith Butler Essay

… A physicist would argue that one can discover this pushing back and forth of forces all on one's own. This is, perhaps, true. But that is acting a great deal for a poor woman like Wendy to do on her own. Even when she is given human guidance and help along the way -- such as when she is helped out by an old security guard -- she is flummoxed and left without any sense of how to respond. She acts like a sentient ball might do when it first learns that it has the power to push the earth away.

The essay began with the contention that class is the most important aspect of Wendy's life. But gender matters a great deal too, which…. [read more]

Independent Film Analysis Term Paper

… ¶ … Winning Doesn't Matter: A Critical Examination of Little Miss Sunshine

As scholar Timothy Corrigan suggests in his book a a Short Guide to Writing About Film, "[w]riting essays about films is, in short, one of the most sophisticated ways to respond to them" (iv). Corrigan further notes that there are six main approaches to writing about films that should be explored: history, national cinemas, genres, auteurs, formalism, and ideology. This paper reflects on Corrigan's advice to respond to films sophisticatedly by undergoing a critical examination of the popular independent film, Little Miss Sunshine and expands on the "ideology" approach of reviewing and analyzing films.

Little Miss Sunshine (2006) is a charming film with sophisticated elements of dark comedy subtly mixed in. On the…. [read more]

Crime Film Thesis

… Crime Films, Stereotyping and Xenophobic Characters

The two motion pictures called "Scarface" that are critiqued in this paper certainly have the same title and embrace the same themes of power, arrogance, gruesome bloodshed and gangster corruption. But when it comes to the characters, settings, editing, dialogue, narrative logic, and sociological substance, the two films are as far apart as Miami is from the moon. Howard Hawks' Scarface is dripping with blood and with xenophobic characterizations that are, in retrospect, insulting and demeaning to Italian immigrants. It may not have been Hawks' intention to create a film that viciously mocks Italians at every turn, but in 2009, that's what the film projects. In fairness, the United States in 1932 was in the grip of the Depression…. [read more]

Ethical Values Associated With the Portrayal of Women in Horror Movies Research Proposal

… ¶ … communication in the media. Specifically it will discuss ethical values associated with the portrayal of women in horror films. Typically, the portrayal of women in horror films is negative, sexist, and violent. Filmmakers portray the women as victims - helpless in the face of brutal attacks. They rarely have the ability to fight back, and when they win against the enemy, they are somehow seen as less "feminine" or womanly. Think of the Ripley character in "Alien," a tough, no-nonsense woman who wins, but is certainly not feminine or womanly in any sense of the word. When women win against the males in these films, they become more like men themselves. The ethical values of these films is practically nil, especially when it…. [read more]

Experimental Narrative the Lyrical Film as Pointed Essay

… Experimental Narrative

The Lyrical Film

As pointed out in Chapter 21, "Documentary and Experimental Cinema in the Post War Era: 1945 -- Mid -- 1960's," at the end of World War II in 1945, documentary and avant-garde filmmaking "underwent enormous changes around the world" (477), due in part to the rise of new technologies related to more sophisticated and easier to handle cameras and the creation of institutions dedicated to the creation of experimental film techniques. Overall, filmmakers were seeking new and innovative ways to express not only themselves but also how they viewed the world and its various cultural systems following the horrors and genocide of World War II at the hands of Nazi Germany and Stalin's Soviet Union. This new trend toward personal…. [read more]

Film Review Snatch Film Review

… Snatch Film Analysis

Employing a large cast of characters and complex set of subplots, director Guy Ritchie's film, Snatch (2000), is an intriguingly fun and meaningful satiric English comedy. In the likeness of great English satiric literature, such as Gulliver's Travels (Swift and Turner, 1998); this film begins simple enough with a diamond heist. The simplicity is a good foundation for this satire to build on. A simple diamond heist pulled off without a hitch, and employing serious violence, which belies the true nature of the film, but which invests the crime action audience in the action. The violence of the opening scenes will soon become synonymous with the film's satiric tone. The violence becomes comedic rather than serious, deviating from the dramatic crime promise…. [read more]

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