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In the movie "Billy Elliot," how does Michael assist Billy to achieve his dream? Analyze how his actions and words...

In the 2000 film Billy Elliott, the character of Michael is 11-year-old Billy’s closest friend, who also happens to be gay, and quite open about it – almost certainly an anomaly in the lower-income...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2014 7:57 pm UTC

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Cinema and Drama

In the movie Edward Scissorhands, what are the main themes and provide an important quote and why is it important.

An artificial man created by an eccentric inventor, who died before he completed his work, Edward Scissorhands, nevertheless, exhibits more humane sympathies than humans. For, his innocence and...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2014 9:33 pm UTC

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Cinema and Drama

In Billy Elliot, what is significance of the "Swan Lake" story that Billy's dance teacher tells him?  Identify...

Miss Wilkinson's "Swan Lake" story is significant for a couple of reasons. The first is that it establishes an artistic frontier for Billy. In exploring the Swan Lake story, she is able to...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2014 10:30 pm UTC

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Cinema and Drama

Do the people on reality shows get paid?This is kind of a silly topic, I realize. I was recently sick for about a...

My favorite reality show is Survivor. It is a well known fact that the winner gets paid a million dollars. It took me a while to figure out, but the rest of the people get paid as well. The...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2012 11:26 am UTC

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Cinema and Drama

The Blind Side Themes

Besides the two excellent examples provided, a third theme for The Blind Side is the feeling of being an outsider. Michael Oher is an outsider in every conceivable way imaginable. He is black among...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2019 10:26 am UTC

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Cinema and Drama

What are some film techniques used in Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock?

In the film Psycho, director Alfred Hitchcock uses several innovative film techniques to maintain the audience’s sense of suspense and tension. We are introduced to Marion Crane, the primary female...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2019 4:57 pm UTC

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Cinema and Drama

How should I defend this quote from the movie Dead Poets Society? "We don't read and write poetry because it's cute....

If I were to defend the quote given from Dead Poets Society, I would note the separation between the affairs of man and the affairs of the heart and mind. "Medicine, law, business, engineering" are...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2010 1:09 pm UTC

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Cinema and Drama

In the movie I Am Sam was Sam a good dad who deserved to have custody of his daughter?

I am so glad you asked this question, as this movie was one of my favorites not only because of the subject matter but also because of the acting involved. Quite simply, YES, Sam was a good dad...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2015 6:40 pm UTC

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Cinema and Drama

In Dances With Wolves, why did John Dunbar leave the field hospital and later ride out into the field in front of...

As Kevin Costner, directing from Michael Blake's screenplay, opens his film Dances with Wolves, the character of Lt. John Dunbar, played by Costner, is lying on a table in a crude Army field...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2015 2:39 am UTC

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Cinema and Drama

Edward exposes the goodness and evil in human nature. How can I explore this by analyzing two key scenes from the...

This is a great question. Edward Sissorhands is a remarkable movie that exposes the human heart in a very clever way. The protagonist of the movie is a boy, Edward, whose creator died before...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2015 3:01 pm UTC

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Cinema and Drama

In I Am Sam, describe how Sam's relationship with Lucy is a healthy one.

One distinct way in which Sam's relationship with Lucy is a healthy one is the open way she is able to communicate with her father. For example, the relationship that both of them share is open...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2015 1:17 pm UTC

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Cinema and Drama

In the movie The Breakfast Club, what role does leadership play? What types of leadership are used? In what ways does...

The two big leader figures in The Breakfast Club are Mr. Vernon, the assistant principal assigned to check in on the students in detention, and John Bender, the delinquent student. Mr. Vernon...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2019 1:33 am UTC

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Cinema and Drama

Best Films to Use in a Literature Course/Classroom In teaching literature, there are a few films that I find...

I would like to suggest the John Huston film version of The Maltese Falcon because it is a classic as a film and because it is so closely tied to the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett....

Latest answer posted February 19, 2014 10:30 pm UTC

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Cinema and Drama

In Jacob's Ladder, Jake's chiropractor Louis quotes the 14th-century mystic Meister Eckheart to Jake, stating, "If...

To a great extent, Jacob's struggles derive from being unable to make peace with anything around him. Jacob's entire world is filled with hallucinations, visions, death, and terror. None of these...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2015 12:40 pm UTC

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Cinema and Drama

Explain how the atmosphere and mood of James Cameron's film 'Titanic' developed and contributed to the enjoyment and...

Well, the enjoyment of this film is greatly enhanced by the atmosphere and mood that is created by the action that we see depicted as we meet the various passengers on the supposedly unsinkable...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2012 10:15 pm UTC

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Cinema and Drama

In I am Sam, discuss any differences in communication skills or general behavior between Sam and Brad?  At what age...

In terms of communication between Sam and Brad, there is no real or definable difference between the way that both speak with one another. The intent is to communicate how Sam and Brad both have...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2014 8:46 pm UTC

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In the movie, The Patriot, with Mel Gibson, near the end of the Battle of Yorktown, shortly, before he surrenders,...

In The Patriot starring Mel Gibson, General Cornwallis is based on a real character of the same name, from The American Revolution. The real-life Cornwallis was admired by his men for his bravery...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2014 1:36 pm UTC

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Cinema and Drama

What is the significance of The Wolf of Wall Street?

I think that there are several aspects of significance to the Scorsese film. One such aspect is how the film displays the corrupting element in materialism. Belfort and his firm of Stratton-...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2014 12:27 pm UTC

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In the movie Simon Birch, what is a symbol that can clearly represent Simon and his purpose in life and why you chose...

One of the strongest symbols that represents Simon Birch's purpose in life is granite. Simon's father owns the Birch granite company and, as the narrator states, has the personality of granite as...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2019 10:38 am UTC

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Cinema and Drama

What is the main theme(s) discussed in the movie "Donnie Brasco" by Mike Newel?

The primary themes of the film involve trust and betrayal. The movie was really quite good in bringing a new angle to this depiction. The idea of the outsider attempting to infiltrate the inner...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2010 7:25 pm UTC

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Cinema and Drama

Describe the debate in the South Carolinian colonial legislature in the film The Patriot.

The debate in The Patriot begins with an impassioned opening made by Colonel Harry Burwell, played by Chris Cooper. He is acting as the spokesman for the Continental Congress, urging South Carolina...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2018 4:21 pm UTC

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Cinema and Drama

Regarding the film, What's Eating Gilbert Grape:1. Make a list of the risks and buffers for Gilbert's family.2. List...

Part of what exactly is eating at Gilbert Grape is seeing his family besieged with so much in way of risks and little in terms of buffers. The risks that the Grape family face cut a wide swath in...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2014 5:04 pm UTC

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Cinema and Drama

In I Am Sam, describe how the lawyer's relationship with her son is example of an unhealthy relationship.

It should be noted that the lawyer, Rita, ends up solidifying her relationship with her son. However, prior to her interactions with Sam, Rita's relationship with her son is unhealthy for a couple...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2015 11:12 pm UTC

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Cinema and Drama

In Billy Elliott, explain how Billy is passionate about dance but shows signs of fighting his passion.  Examine the...

The initial premise of Billy Elliot is one where the passion of dance faces formidable challenge. The family setting in which Billy lives is one where this challenge is evident. Billy's father...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2014 7:41 pm UTC

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Cinema and Drama

Describe the setting in Saving Private Ryan.

The initial setting in Saving Private Ryan is Normandy, France on June 6, 1944. D- Day is the setting for the first 30 minutes of the film. The idea of showing Normandy reflecting the intensity...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2014 6:29 pm UTC

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Cinema and Drama

In Tim Burrton's film, Edward Scissorhands there are characters who are admirable? Discuss

A rather "fractured fairy-tale" about an artificial man who is not complete because his inventor died before he could create his hands, Edward Scissorhands, nevertheless, has redeeming...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2013 9:39 am UTC

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Respond to the following questions relating to the movie ''Lee Daniel's The Butler'': What kind of challenges stand...

“Lee Daniel’s The Butler” is a fictionalized adaptation of an article published in the Washington Post in 2008 ["A Butler Well Served by This Election,” The Washington Post, November 7, 2008],...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2014 8:24 pm UTC

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Cinema and Drama

Examine how Arranged shows that "friendship has no religion." 

One of the major points behind Arranged is to show that friendship can overcome external barriers that religious fervor and misunderstanding often provides. The film shows that the friendship...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2014 11:45 pm UTC

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Cinema and Drama

Describe the historical relevance of the following characters of the movie Amistad: Joadson, Van Buren, Quincy Adams,...

Amistad, of course, was a film, and its writers created several fictitious characters. Theodore Joadson, portrayed in the film by Morgan Freeman, is one example. Joadson is an African American...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2019 7:18 pm UTC

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Cinema and Drama

What are the main issues raised by society's response in the films Edward Scissorhands and Big Fish by Tim Burton?  

Each of the films you describe centers around unusual people who have a supernaturally bizarre trait of some kind. In each case, the characters live on the fringes of society until someone comes...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2011 8:42 am UTC

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Cinema and Drama

In Orson Welles' film, Citizen Kane, how are shadows and an absence of light used to  portray Kane's dominance over...

There is another very excellent scene in Citizen Kane in which Kane's domination of Susan is shown with light and shadow. They are living in an big apartment. Kane has just received an envelope...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2014 2:48 pm UTC

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Cinema and Drama

In the movie I Am Sam, it is obvious fairly early on in the movie that Lucy is developing quite normally. What things...

While I Am Sam is fundamentally a sentimental movie, there are some essential truths that prevail in the narrative of this film. Certainly, it is a testimony to the power and effectiveness of love...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2014 10:10 pm UTC

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Cinema and Drama

Discuss themes that connect both Wild Child and Mean Girls. 

One distinct theme that both films share is the role of the "outsider." In both films, the outsider is someone who must try to gain social acceptance. The protagonists in both films are the...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2014 11:48 am UTC

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Cinema and Drama

With respect to the film Amistad directed by Steven Spielberg, to what extent did political self-interest motivate...

There is definitely no direct evidence, either historically or in the film, that those who defended the rights of the kidnapped Africans in the Amistad case acted out of political self-interest....

Latest answer posted June 30, 2014 7:10 am UTC

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Cinema and Drama

How does Guillermo del Toro's film Pan's Labyrinth represent romanticism in the 21st century?

Guillermo del Toro’s 2006 film Pan’s Labyrinth tells the story of a young girl, 11-year-old Ofelia, the stepdaughter of a ruthless fascist military officer in Francisco Franco’s Spain. Pan’s...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2015 5:49 pm UTC

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Cinema and Drama

What is the definition of a neutral script?

A neutral script is a script that is deliberately vague. Or you might think of it as a blank canvas. The dialogue could fit any number of situations, characters, relationships. Its goal is to...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2013 2:33 pm UTC

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Why is Born on the Fourth of July a strong medical-psychological study of post-traumatic identity destroyed and...

One reason why Born on the Fourth of July is a strong medical and psychological study of post- traumatic identity destroyed and rebuilt is because it shows how individuals can pivot from self-...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2015 8:39 pm UTC

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In Guillermo del Toro's film Pan's Labyrinth what specific romantic qualities are most prominent, corresponding to...

Romanticism was a direct reaction to the Age of Enlightenment, and Guillermo del Toro's 2006 film Pan's Labyrinth reflects the ideals of romanticism as much as a work of art possibly can. As such,...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2015 12:43 am UTC

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Cinema and Drama

In the movie Edward Scissorhands, why are the main characters important to the plot and how do the actors portray...

The main characters in director Tim Burton’s 1990 film Edward Scissorhands are important to the plot precisely because, without these characters, there wouldn’t be a plot. Let’s start with the...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2014 1:06 am UTC

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Cinema and Drama

In the Movie Norma Rae (1979) - (Sally Field) is a minimum-wage worker in a cotton mill that has taken too much of a...

Anyone who has read The Jungle by muckraker Upton Sinclair about the Chicago stockyards and the atrocities committed against the workers or the history of the Teamsters Union or the early histories...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2014 2:12 am UTC

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Cinema and Drama

In terms of the way that the movie The Patriot, starring Mel Gibson, relates history, how would you characterize the...

The Patriot, starring Mel Gibson, is a much acclaimed and popular movie which is set during The American Revolution. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that sets and costumes are sensitive...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2014 11:36 am UTC

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Cinema and Drama

In The Conspirator movie, who was one of the main characters and the significance of their role?

The protagonist and main focus of the historical film The Conspirator (2011) is Mary Surratt, the first woman ever executed by the United States federal government. The film details the actions,...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2011 5:05 am UTC

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Cinema and Drama

How are prejudices (as a theme - conflicting perspectives) seen in The Truman Show by Weir?

In Peter Weir's eerily predictive film about people's desires of voyeurism by means of reality shows, there are several conflicting perspectives. In fact, The Truman Show, made in 1998, forecasts...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2014 9:04 am UTC

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Cinema and Drama

What would be a general analysis of Within Our Gates?  It should include terms of distinction, its take on law,...

One aspect of general analysis offered about Within Our Gates would be how racial identity is a critical aspect in defining modern consciousness. Sylvia Landry has been defined through the lens of...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2014 5:05 pm UTC

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Cinema and Drama

What makes Edward Scissorhands a modern tragedy?

I think that one of the reasons that the film is a modern tragedy is that it shows how the community terrorizes the individual. In the end, Kim and Edward cannot be together. Even though that...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2011 7:14 pm UTC

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Cinema and Drama

What are the common themes and styles used by Director Paolo Sorrentino in Il Divo  and  This Must Be the Place?

I would say that one common theme is the complex reality that surrounds something perceived to be evil. In Il Divo, Andreotti embodies the very essence of control and power. Andreotti is shown as...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2014 11:59 am UTC

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Cinema and Drama

In Stanley Kubrick's film Paths of Glory , what is Kubrick's commentary on War as it relates to the following: 1)...

Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory is, in essence, less a criticism of war than it is an invective against bureaucracy in its hypocrisy, obstinacy, and successive ineffectiveness. In a Wall Street...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2014 6:30 pm UTC

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In Amistad by Steven Spielberg, in what way is the battle for the freedom of the kidnapped Africans a microcosm of...

The battle over the fate of the Africans in Amistad is a microcosm of the growing sectional conflict in the US in two ways. First, the battle shows how there are a diversity of views on slavery,...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2014 12:07 am UTC

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Cinema and Drama

At the end of the film, Shakespeare finds his muse for all time? Who, or what, is it/him/her?

To a great extent, the reclamation of Shakespeare's muse at the end of Shakespeare in Love is of vital importance. The narrative opens with Shakespeare suffering from an intense case of writer's...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2014 5:59 pm UTC

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Cinema and Drama

With regard to Kathe Sandler's documentary "A Question of Color," what does the following paragraph mean in...

The experiences of journalist and broadcaster Melba Toliver, who was pressured to conceal her natural hair style because it appeared “too black” and was seen as threatening to white viewers, were...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2014 10:34 pm UTC

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