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Although the title may refer to the action within the film rather euphemistically as being "mean," Mean Girls is ultimately a movie about bullying. Upon starting her first day of public high...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2016 4:30 pm UTC

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One could make the argument that the main theme of Steven Spielberg’s World War II film Saving Private Ryan is the ambivalence of morality. Much is made during the course of the film’s opening...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2019 10:16 pm UTC

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Cinematic language could be two different things. On one hand, a director is going to use verbal cinematic langue to his actors and camera crew. This equates cinematic language to vocabulary....

Latest answer posted June 29, 2019 8:26 pm UTC

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Probably the most significant difference between watching a movie and reading a book is that movies are, by their nature, linear. They continue at a steady pace without the viewer's direct...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2012 5:20 pm UTC

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In the movie Lean on Me, Mr. Clark is hired as principal of Eastside High School after students physically attack a teacher after school. The incident highlights the school's problems with violence...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2013 3:33 pm UTC

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The story of the rise of cinema reflects the desire for a social experience as much as the appeal of the silver screen. The story of cinema’s decline reflects the sense of isolation that developed...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2018 1:02 pm UTC

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Here are the definitions of the three terms, taken word-for-word from Looking at Movies: An Introduction to Film (W.W. Norton & Co, 2006;...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2012 8:14 pm UTC

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Vincent Anton Freeman is the film's main character. He is a "faith birth" or a "god child," because his parents didn't have him genetically engineered to be "the best of both" parents. This makes...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2019 12:35 pm UTC

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Certainly in the earlier days of film, the illusion of movement was conveyed by a background that presented images that moved. For example, when the actors were in an automobile that was...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2012 4:35 pm UTC

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The movie Prince of Egypt (1998) opens with the culling of the Hebrew slaves' newborn sons and introduces the hero, Moses, as a baby sent into the river by his mother in hopes of saving him. We...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2019 2:18 am UTC

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Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and M. Night Shyamalan’s film The Village share striking similarities in theme. Plato’s allegory deals with themes of ignorance and being indentured—if not enslaved—to...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2020 9:20 pm UTC

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Firstly, there are, arguably, more than three symbols in this film. Also, it is possible to regard multiple objects in a scene as a symbol. I offer the following three: basketball, Forrester's...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2018 9:32 pm UTC

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The answer to this question could be as simple as grabbing a famous director -- Steven Speilberg -- and two of his better-known films -- Schindler's List and Lincoln. However, the comparison...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2013 8:56 pm UTC

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Troy is blockbuster film from 2004 that recounts the story of the Trojan War not as a flashback in an epic that starts in medias res but chronologically, beginning with the abduction of Helen from...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2020 11:58 pm UTC

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One of the standout quotes from The Truman Show is, "We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented." As Truman struggles to discover the true nature of his reality, he is...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2012 10:34 pm UTC

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Directed by John Hughes, The Breakfast Club opened February, 1985 and tells the story of five dissimilar high school students who find themselves together in detention on a Saturday morning. The...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2018 2:22 am UTC

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The need for belonging is developed in the film A Beautiful Mind through the dialogue, story line, and visual effects. The film tells the story of John Nash, a brilliant mathematician who...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2021 2:04 pm UTC

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Pan's Labyrinth draws from many myths and legends, and creates a few of its own, but there is a definite parallel between the film and the legend of Theseus, who found the center of the Crete...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2012 4:46 pm UTC

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Visual film techniques are methods by which camera movements and maneuverings convey the meaning of the scenes. Some of these techniques that once were exclusively used for film, like Hitchcock's...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2012 9:52 pm UTC

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There are a number of possibilities depending on the aspects you want to emphasize. A story about communication or lack thereof between people of different heritages could emphasize their shared...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2018 6:14 am UTC

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Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film starring the late Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon. The film won two Academy Awards: one for Best Original Screenplay, awarded to Matt...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2019 10:22 am UTC

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During the first part of Casablanca, Rick is presented as a cynical American who owns a bar-café in Casablanca, Morocco, but the reasons for this cynicism are not revealed. His personal insistence...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2020 5:02 am UTC

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In the movie "Gladiator" the people of Rome, with the exception of the lavish, rich Patrician, were thought of as a "mob" of unruly people whose lives are entirely dependent on the emperor. At the...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2013 4:55 pm UTC

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Cinematography encompasses a number of design and production elements, in addition to camera movement. The use of light and color is a major component of the "look" of a film, and an atmospheric...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2018 2:50 pm UTC

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The power of Grave of the Fireflies lies in its humanity. While the film does not shy away from the popular glorification of the military in imperial Japan, it does contextualize it and foreground...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2020 11:59 am UTC

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Characterization is the direct and indirect description of a character. Direct characterization occurs when the narrator of a story tells us precise details of the character, both physical and...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2013 7:58 pm UTC

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According to the movie's screenplay, the character of Commodus is based on historical facts, while not exact, but intended to mirror the personality traits of Emperor Galus Germanicus, who has...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2013 6:41 pm UTC

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Many themes can be observed in the film A Beautiful Mind, but the theme mentioned in the question, the pursuit of self-fulfillment, is one of the more significant ones. A viewer is able to trace...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2019 1:15 pm UTC

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The Peter Bogdanovich-directed film Mask (1985) is based loosely on the real life story of Roy L. "Rocky" Dennis (1961-1978), who suffered from the rare sclerotic bone disease craniodiaphyseal...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2012 9:08 am UTC

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Aside from the ongoing political debates that D.W. Griffith's films fed into, and off of, his major impact on culture is that of the Feature Film, or a standalone, long-form film instead of shorts...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2012 3:01 am UTC

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The social issues that Andrew Beckett had to deal with regarding his sexual orientation with his peers go beyond those that he had to confront when dealing with society, as a whole, or at work....

Latest answer posted October 7, 2013 9:35 pm UTC

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The film Titanic (1997) is a dramatization of an iconic and tragic historical event, overlaid with a love story which in itself exemplifies historical transformation and perhaps ironically shows...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2020 1:01 am UTC

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One of the most striking things about the film Bonnie and Clyde is the way it shows how mass-produced automobiles were changing the ways in which both criminals and law enforcement officials...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2014 10:49 pm UTC

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When John and Charles start to get to know each other, Charles reveals that his sister was killed in a car crash. This is the reason why he has custody of his young niece, Marcee. Of course, John...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2019 8:57 pm UTC

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Julie sings "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" as an attempt to explain why she continues to love Steve. In spite of his tendency to leave home without giving any reason and to return after indefinite...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2012 3:59 pm UTC

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In their study The Dialectic of Enlightenment (1944), particularly in the chapter "The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception", Adorno and Horkheimer, German Jewish exiles in Hollywood,...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2012 2:26 pm UTC

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The years passed, mankind became stupider at a frightening rate. Some had high hopes the genetic engineering would correct this trend in evolution, but sadly the greatest minds and resources where...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2020 12:22 am UTC

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There are several main themes to French director Laurent Cantet’s 2005 film Heading South, chief among them the vast socioeconomic gulf separating the story’s three middle-aged female characters...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2019 4:23 pm UTC

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When analyzing a film based upon a novel, one needs to keep one thing in mind: the film, by its own rights, is a work adapted or interpreted (there is a difference in outcome) by a director or...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2012 11:52 pm UTC

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In the film Groundhog Day, weather forecaster Phil Connors arrives in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to cover Groundhog Day. As it happens, he finds himself caught in a loop in which he has to relive...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2020 9:47 pm UTC

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The film Farmlands, which deals with the murders of white farmers in South Africa, was made and presented by Lauren Southern. Southern has been a highly controversial figure for several years, with...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2020 1:27 pm UTC

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In addition to the strong points brought out in the previous answer, I would add that one element seen in the film that is evident today is the convergence of "outside" sources that takes place in...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2012 5:18 am UTC

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There have been many theorists building vocabularies for discussing how film tells stories – a notable one is Roger Spottiswood, but a classic one is Sergie Eisenstein’s Film Form and Film Sense....

Latest answer posted August 18, 2013 11:17 pm UTC

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Rome is not depicted in a particularly pleasant way. This is shown through the dominance that the arena has on the life in the capital, and how important gladiators were as a form of entertainment....

Latest answer posted September 4, 2013 5:54 am UTC

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The pitch of a sound is a quality which tells us how high or how low a sound is; in other words, pitch relates to the frequency of sound vibrations. Thus, a high pitch sound correlates with a high...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2019 3:31 pm UTC

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Here are the facts. Means Girls was produced by Mark Waters in 2004. It was written by Tina Fey of Saturday Night Live fame. The cast included Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried and...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2012 2:46 pm UTC

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Creature From the Black Lagoon is a combination of the horror and science fiction movie genres. A horror movie's intent is to... ...elicit a negative emotional reaction from viewers by playing on...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2012 5:38 am UTC

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Jesus is depicted as following in Joseph’s footsteps until Joseph dies in the 1999 movie Jesus. Joseph was a carpenter and raised his adopted son to follow in this craft. Times were tough in...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2013 2:53 am UTC

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The big social statement lurking beneath the feel-good story of a small-town kid who got out is that small towns are dead ends. Never mind the solid coal-mining families of the West Virginia...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2018 6:51 pm UTC

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Glory is a film that addresses the long-neglected story of the participation of African American soldiers in the Civil War. For at least a century after the war ended, white America attempted,...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2019 8:38 pm UTC

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