Film Report Assignments)

Film Report Assignments)

400+ words on

one of the Early Cinema films from Week One {The Artist, Hugo, Georges Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon (1902), Edwin S. Porter’s The Great Train Robbery (1903), F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927), Lonesome(1928), Citizen Kane, Modern Times, The Gold Rush, Inside Man, Social Network, The Player (1992), Network, A Face in the Crowd, Being There, Sweet Smell of Success, Synecdoche New York, Dog Day Afternoon, Get Shorty, Singin’ in the Rai},

One of the “Social Struggle and Justice films from Week Two, or one of the Film Noir titles from this week { wild Boys of the Road, Sullivan’s Travels, The Grapes of Wrath, On the Waterfront, Matewan, Norma Rae, Bound

for Glory (on Woody Guthrie), Silkwood, Reds, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Winter’s Bone, Cradle Will Rock,

Office Space, North Country, Up in the Air, The Exiles (1961), Brother John, Medium Cool, Parallax View, The Candidate,China Syndrome,Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, Zoot Suit, Putney Swope, Lone Star, Ballad of

Gregorio Cortez, El Norte, Thunderheart, Boyz n the Hood, Powwow Highway, Wall Street, Missing (1982), Bob Roberts, The

Handmaid’s Tale, Falling Down, Joe, Milk, Boys Don’t Cry, Hedwig a

nd the Angry Inch, Bound (1997), A Single Man, Bird, Daughters of the Dust, American Me, Malcolm X., Do the Right Thing, Smoke Signals, Windtalkers, Come See the Paradise, The Help, A Better Life, Brokeback Mountain, Bagdad Cafe, Desert Hearts,

High Art, The Visitor (2007), Chrystal, Sling Blade.

Be sure to include the films’ title, director, year, and country of origin, and then feel free to include whatever other info you want (actors, writers, cinematographer, etc.). [These film credits do not count toward the word count for the Reports.]

Tech specs for submissions to Film Reports in your LEO Assignments folder: 300+ words; 1-inch margins all around; 12 pt. font; double-spaced; name, title and page number in footer or header on every page; title your Report with the name of the film on which you are reporting, centered, in bold font; you may also expand the title as you please, according to your approach in your writing. Please submit your Report as a Word document with the extension .doc and not .docx.

 These Film Reports may consider, comment on, and interconnect the aesthetic and technical aspects of the films, such as:

  • editing, montage, filmic structure
  • cinematography, camerawork, lighting
  • directing
  • screenwriting
  • acting
  • production design, sets, costumes, special effects, style
  • music and sound

 Equally (if not more) important will be to consider and write about the following:

  • what (and how) do movies mean?
  • theme, content, genre, intention, audience
  • social dimension and function: what the film says and means about the world, and particularly today’s multi- cultures (in all their broad meanings and permutations)
  • personal dimension: how the film affects you personally (identification, engagement, pleasure, excitement, alienation, boredom, etc. — how and why?)

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