Review the critical analysis questions in the “Conclusion and Critic’s Resource” section of your textbook. Write an eight to ten page film critique (excluding the cover and reference pages) of an American feature film of your choosing. Use the list of critical analysis questions provided in your textbook as a guide while writing your paper.
Areas that must be covered:
Style and Directing
Impact of society on the film and vice versa
Application of at least one approach to analysis and interpretation
Overall textual themes
Students must select a film that they have not previously explored in class, either in written assignments or discussion posts.
Students must establish a coherent thesis statement in the introduction of their paper with a claim that they intend to prove. The body of the essay serves to support the thesis through an analysis of the film and other relevant material. Avoid simply rehashing descriptive material from other source.
Support your thesis through textual and formal analysis. Refer to specific shots, scenes, characters, stylistic devices, and themes in the film.
As much as possible, use technical, literary and industry terms to make your points.
If needed, you may use additional resources to support your claims. Suggested sources might include academic books and articles; film reviews; and personal opinions from reputable film critics and scholars. Information other than production details obtained from popular sources such as The Internet Movie Database and Wikipedia is not considered reputable.
Only use plot information to support the thematic points of the paper. Include only one to two sentences of plot summary when explaining each of the required filmic elements.
Also, students should not choose a film that the authors of the textbook have analyzed in detail.
1. Question : What is the most important role of a film critic?
2. Question : What is the most likely reason that theatrical movies have survived competition from television and various home video formats?
3. Question : In a scene from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the title characters are holed up inside a building discussing their plans for future bank robberies while the audience is shown the entire Bolivian army gathering outside to kill them. The filmmakers are making use of what literary element in this scene?
4. Question : Why is there typically a lag time between a movie’s theatrical release and its home video release?
5. Question : Which of the following became an important new competitor for theatrical movies in the 1980s?
6. Question : Which is the best description of the difference between “plot” and “story”?
7. Question : Which critical assessment applies the standards for art suggested by Goethe?
8. Question : What is a theme?
9. Question : Which of the following questions is part of the “truth test” for evaluating films?
10. Question : Which setting seems most appropriate for a film about emotional isolation?
ENG 225 Week 1 DQ 1 An Evolving Industry ENG 225 Week 1 DQ 2 Narrative and Storytelling ENG 225 Week 1 Quiz ENG 225 Week 2 DQ 1 Actors and Acting ENG 225 Week 2 DQ 2 Tools of Cinematography ENG 225 Week 2 Assignment Elements of Design ENG 225 Week 2 Quiz ENG 225 Week 3 DQ 1 Frame by Frame ENG 225 Week 3 DQ 2 Music and Soundscapes ENG 225 Week 3 Assignment Final Film Critique Draft ENG 225 Week 3 Quiz ENG 225 Week 4 DQ 1 The Cinematic Auteur ENG 225 Week 4 DQ 2 Elements of Genre ENG 225 Week 4 Quiz ENG 225 Week 5 DQ 1 Focus on Society ENG 225 Week 5 DQ 2 Criticism and Commentary ENG 225 Week 5 Final Film Critique
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