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"The Greatest Othello?" -- Laurence Olivier's 1965 Film

This 4 page report discusses Sir Laurence Olivier's 1965 film version of Shakespeare's "Othello." The film is something of a hybrid in that it is actually a filming of the stage production by the National Theatre of Great Britain. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Critical Art Ensemble’s “Electronic Civil Disobedience” and “Digital Resistance”

This 6 page report discusses the multimedia theater group, Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) and two of its best-known publications and the intent of both t he organization, its publications, and its philosophy. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Banned in East German

A 7 page research paper/essay that looks at 2 East German films that were banned in the 1960s: Carla (Karla), directed by Hermann Zschoche in 1966 and Born in '45 (Jahrgang '45), directed by Jurgen Bottcher also in 1966. This examination of these two films looks specifically at why these two films were targeted for censorship. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Media Messages, Gender Stereotypes & Baby Mama

A 3 page essay that analyzes a recent film, "Baby Mama," in terms of stereotypical portrays. In large part, comedies often rely on stereotypes, as these cultural concepts offer writers a handy shorthand in regards to characterization that the audience will readily understand. This film takes advantage of gender stereotypes to underscore its comedic effects. Bibliography lists 3 sources.


A 3 page essay that reports the writer's experience watching the first 30 minutes of a French film, Amelie, (2001, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet) with the subtitles turned off and then watching the entire film with the subtitles turned on. The writer relates the experience to what was learned about the importance of language to understanding. No additional sources are cited.

Luis Bunueal & Pedro Almodovar

Three essays- each 3 pages in length. Discussed are the films of Luis Bunueal and Pedro Almodovar. Themes of surrealism, the "Stockholm Syndrome," and social deviance are explored through emphasis on specific works by each of these contemporary film greats. Bibliography lists 4 supporting sources.

Views on Film American Beauty

A 5 page research paper/essay that presents the writers view on the 1999 film American Beauty, as well as how these views relate to those of film critics. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Cat On a Hot Tin Roof/Play and Film

A 5 page essay that compares the Tennessee Williams play with the 1958 film version. The writer discusses how the homosexual element was downplayed in the film, and how this effected the overall thrust of the play. Bibliography lists 1 source.

The Raven, Poe's Poem, 1963 Film

This 3 page essay compares the plot, theme and setting of Poe's famous poem with the same factors in a 1963 film adaptation of the film directed by Roger Corman. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Edward Scissorhands, A Fairy Tale

This 8 page essay draws upon sources, as well as the film, to argue that Tim Burton's film Edward Scissorhands is a baroque, gothic-tinged modern version of a fairy tale, specifically "Beauty and the Beast." Bibliography lists 5 sources.

John Ford's Directing Style

This 5 page essay discusses the directing style of John Ford, focusing on such classic Westerns as "Stagecoach" and "The Searchers." It was John Ford who developed the Western as a serious film genre, and the writer discusses themes and characteristics of his films. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Ibsen's "A Doll's House" - Masculinity And Marriage

12 pages in length. Gender construct, built around the patriarchal perspective, has long been a principle focus of theater and cinema. The extent to which the issues of masculinity and femininity are regularly used as central themes is both grand and far-reaching; that such depictions have become fundamentally stereotypical in nature speaks to the dilemma of truly being able to define masculinity within a social context. Ibsen's A Doll's House is one of many theatrical illustrations of this observable fact in the way it pits the dominating husband against the submissive wife and spotlights the misery she experiences from being an emotional prisoner in her own marriage. While these social constructs have changed to a great degree since Ibsen penned his play, there is still enough residual support of this patriarchal ideology to warrant it ongoing in the twenty-first century institution of marriage. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Eight Men Out

This 5 page essay reviews Eliot Asinof's book Eight Men Out, The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series, and its film adaptation, directed by John Sayles for Orion Picture, comparing similarities and differences. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Expressionism in Film

A 4 page essay in which the writer first addresses the topic of Expressionism, focusing on the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, and then discusses how this legacy applies to 2 later films, Fritz Lang’s M and Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Corporation, Portrait of a Psychopath

A 3 page essay that compares the book Corporation by Joel Bakan to the film of the same name. The writer feels that the book and movie make the same points, but that the book is more persuasive because it can include more detail. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

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