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15A. MEDIA AND FILM

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18761. . CONFLICT THEORY ANALYSIS OF THE FILM TOTAL RECALL. This paper uses conflict theory to analyze the 1990 film Total Recall, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film is concerned with a mining colony on Mars, in which authorities exploit their control of a vital resource (the air supply). In accordance with conflict theory, inequalities and exploitation lead to rebellion among the Martian colonists. TAGS: film review, conflict theory, control of resources, science fiction, Schwarzenegger. APA Style. 6 pages, 5 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources. 1,383 words.   $42
 
18751. ENOUGH (DIRECTED BY MICHAEL APTED). This paper uses three theories of relationship violence to analyze the abusive relationship depicted in Enough, a 2002 film starring Jennifer Lopez and directed by Michael Apted. Of the three theories (feminist theory, power theory and common couple violence theory), it is concluded that feminist theory provides the best explanation for the abuse shown in the film. According to this theory, certain men assume that they have a right to control women through the use of physical violence. TAGS: domestic violence relationships feminism film feminist theory. APA Style. 11 pages, 8 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources. 2,603 words.   $77
 
18738. THE CONCEPT OF CYBORGS IN THE RISING “TECHNOCULTURE.” It has recently been argued that technology is leading to a “post-human” reality, in which the identities of humans and machines are becoming increasingly merged. This paper discusses the films Robocop, Blade Runner and The Matrix, as well as the theoretical views of Donna Haraway (author of “The Cyborg Manifesto”), among others. It is argued that the concept of the cyborg should be interpreted metaphorically. The concept enables human beings to experience a new sense of freedom and to find more appropriate ways of being human in today’s technological age. TAGS: technology society cyborgs science fiction film. Harvard Style. 11 pages, 19 footnotes, 9 bibliographic sources. 2,522 words.   $77
 
18666. CRASH (2005 FILM, DIRECTED BY PAUL HAGGIS) This paper discusses what the 2005 film Crash says about law enforcement and the criminal justice system. The paper describes memorable scenes and characters in the film, as well as the ethical issues that are raised. It is noted that the film addresses the theme of racial tension and the problems of corruption in law enforcement and criminal justice. The film also shows that people often have positive and negative traits at the same time, whether they are police officers, prosecutors, criminals, or average citizens. KEYWORDS: film law enforcement criminal justice ethics. MLA Style. 5 pages, 0 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source. 1,341 words.   $35
 
18560. SICKO BY MICHAEL MOORE. This paper reviews Michael Moores 2007 documentary film on the flaws in the American healthcare system. Among other things, Moore compares the American system with the systems in other countries, where citizens are able to get free, universal access to healthcare. The paper includes a discussion of critical reactions to the film and the evidence that a growing number of Americans (including many healthcare workers) agree with Moore's basic argument. TAGS: film documentary healthcare medicine insurance universal healthcare. APA Style. 7 pages, 10 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources. 1,746 words.   $49
 
18519. FASHIONABLE WOMEN IN HITCHCOCK’S FILMS. This paper discusses the stereotypical images of fashionable women in Alfred Hitchcock’s films and inquires if these images are a sign of sexist oppression or artistic expression. The paper examines Hitchcock’s relationships with actresses as well as scenes from various films, including Rear Window (1954), North by Northwest (1959) and Psycho (1960), among others. It is concluded that both answers are correct; Hitchcock used women’s fashions as part of his visual style and he was also influenced by the prevailing patriarchal attitudes of his time. KEYWORDS: film fashion Hitchcock women feminism. APA Style. 8 pages, 19 footnotes, 7 bibliographic sources. 2,036 words.   $56
 
18509. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930) AND SERGEANT YORK (1941). This paper compares two films on World War I, which convey entirely different messages about war. All Quiet on the Western Front is an antiwar film, emphasizing the idea that it is a mistake to glorify war in the name of patriotism. Sergeant York expresses the idea that it is permissible to fight in a war, even if you are morally opposed to killing, as long as you’re fighting for a just cause. The message of Sergeant York is found to be inferior to that of All Quiet on the Western Front because it is inconsistent and it emphasizes patriotic and nationalistic values rather than a common morality for humankind. KEYWORDS: war film patriotism pacifism. MLA Style. 7 pages, 9 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources. 1,771 words.   $49
 
18231. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (COMPARING NOVEL TO MOVIE). This paper compares the 1929 novel (by Erich Maria Remarque) with the 1930 movie based on the novel (directed by Lewis Milestone). Although the movie version differs from the novel in certain ways, both versions are successful in expressing an antiwar theme and in using “impressionistic” techniques to create a moving experience. The book does this through the use of vivid descriptions and imagery and the movie does it through the use of sounds and images. KEYWORDS: literature film war. MLA Style. 6 pages, 15 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.   $42
 
18184. MARVEL ENTERPRISES, INC. HARVARD CASE STUDY 505001. This paper provides a Berkeley Research case study analysis and a case solution to a popular Harvard Business School marketing and strategic brand management case study (505001) by Anita Elberse on the comic book and superhero entertainment company, Marvel, six years after the company emerged from the brink of bankruptcy. The case focuses on Marvel’s business model and the risks associated with dependency on a few blockbuster super heroes. The case analysis includes problem statement, analysis, assessment of alternatives, recommendations and implementation plan. KEYWORDS: case studies marvel enterprises comics superheros spider man x-men the hulk branding business model marketing strategy strategic management intellectual property case solution. 11 pages, 11 footnotes in text, 6 bibliographic sources.   $77
 
18071. GLADIATOR (2000). This term paper discusses the film Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott, and the historical sources that it is loosely based on. It is argued that the film was designed to entertain, rather than to be historically accurate. Despite the historical realities, the film relies on stereotypical Hollywood conventions such as having a clear-cut struggle between a hero and a villain and a romantic love interest. The paper also speculates on the reasons why two scenes, not found in the primary sources, were included in the film, and why two scenes, found in the primary sources, were not included in the film. KEYWORDS: film review gladiator ridley scott. MLA Style. 15 pages, 30 footnotes, 15 bibliographic sources. 3,930 words.   $105
 
18063. HBO’S PRODUCTION OF “WIT”. This paper discusses Wit, an HBO movie (available on videocassette), which is based on a play by Margaret Edson. In the movie, Emma Thompson plays a woman with advanced cancer who agrees to undergo an intense, experimental treatment therapy. It is argued that the movie provides a realistic depiction of the medical system and its procedures. In addition, the movie provides examples of how healthcare professionals might behave in real life. Unfortunately, there are cases in which doctors are overly concerned with lab research and their own personal glory, which results in them being less compassionate than they could be with their patients. In addition, the existing system often causes patients to feel depersonalized, objectified, and lonely. KEYWORDS: movie review wit ovarian cancer doctor patient relations. MLA Style. 5 pages, 0 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source (the film). 1,466 words.   $35
 
18008. “BONNIE AND CLYDE” FILM REVIEW. This paper examines the extent to which the film Bonnie and Clyde (directed by Arthur Penn) serves as an example of the crime/gangster genre in terms of characters, plot, themes, and other cinematic conventions. Although there are some similarities to the traditional genre, many more differences can be found. It is argued that this is mainly because the work represents the youth-oriented "New Hollywood" film trend of the late 1960s. KEYWORDS: movie review bonnie and clyde crime gangster genre arthur penn. MLA Style. 6 pages, 19 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources. 1,507 words.   $42
 
17598. DAVID LYNCH. This paper profiles the life and work of David Lynch, best known for his work as a filmmaker and for his television show “Twin Peaks”. Profiles Lynch’s early life and work, including his first feature film (Eraserhead, 1977), made while he was attending the American Film Institute. All of Lynch’s major works are discussed, including “The Elephant Man,” “Dune,” “Blue Velvet,” “Wild at Heart,” “Twin Peaks,” “Straight Story” and “Mulholland Drive”. KEYWORDS: filmmaker david lynch. MLA Style. 13 pages, 42 footnotes, 9 bibliographic sources. 3,094 words.   $91
 
17582. PLUTARCH’S LIFE OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT. This paper provides a review and analysis of Plutarch of Chaeronea’s account of the life of Alexander the Great, which, in addition to providing a biography of Alexander, provides lessons on the moral qualities found in a great leader. Argues that the main moral lesson of Plutarch’s account is that a great leader is able to make use of his virtues while controlling his vices. KEYWORDS: Plutarch Alexander the great qualities leader. MLA Style. 5 pages, 13 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.   $35
 
17557. WILLIAM “BILLY” WYLER. . This paper provides a brief biography of the life and work of legendary film director Billy Wyler. Wyler’s lack of a distinctive directorial style and his reputation as a perfectionist (“Ninety-Take Wyler”) is discussed. The analysis considers Wyler’s reputation for realism, providing examples from specific films including “Jezebel,” “Ben-Hur” and the landmark “The Best Years of Our Lives.” The paper analyzes Wyler’s film techniques, noting his pioneering use of “deep-focus” shots and long takes. Concludes that while Wyler may not have been a major stylist or “auteur”, he was a master craftsman in the creation of memorable cinematic works. KEYWORDS: film director William billy wyler deep focus shot best years of our lives ben hur jezebel. MLA Style. 12 pages, 35 footnotes, 7 bibliographic sources. 2,775 words.   $84
 
17551. TWO TEEN MOVIES: “CLUELESS” & “MEAN GIRLS” – THE NEW “CHICK FLICK”. This paper compares “Clueless” (1995) and “Mean Girls” (2004) – two films representative of a new kind of genre within the general teen movie genre. The paper takes an aesthetic approach to genre criticism, analyzing and comparing these two films, emphasizing such things as characterization, plot, themes, and stylistic elements. Concludes that the two films are representative of a new teen movie genre – the “satirical, girl-oriented” film, perhaps better known as the “chick flick”. KEYWORDS: chick flick teen movies film critique teen film genre. Chicago/Turabian Parenthetical Style. 13 pages, 33 footnotes, 10 bibliographic sources. 3,400 words.   $91
 
17338. PHILOSOPHIC QUESTIONS IN STANLEY KUBRICK’S “2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY”. This paper considers some of the philosophic themes and questions found in Kubrick’s science fiction masterpiece. Relates Kubrick’s viewpoint in the film in terms of his views on the existence of intelligent life beyond earth to Plato’s philosophy of Idealism. Argues that through his message that extraterrestrial intelligence is a key to the evolution of both humanity and technology, Kubrick brings to mind the philosophical views of such thinkers as Herbert Spencer and Friedrich Nietzsche. KEYWORDS: philosophy afterlife extra-terrestrial life Kubrick 2001. 9 pages, 18 footnotes, 8 bibliographic sources. 2,125 words.   $63
 
17333. ONLINE VIDEO PIRACY. This paper provides an overview and analysis of the controversy over online video piracy. Defines and describes the problem of video piracy. Considers the arguments from the movie industry favoring strict regulation and the opposing argument that losses are over-stated. Argues that online video piracy is indeed a serious problem and maintains that the problem will continue to worsen if something isn’t done to deter people from trading in illegal video products online. 6 pages, 17 footnotes, 8 bibliographic sources. 1,529 words.

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17326. FILM REVIEW: “MOULIN ROUGE”. This paper reviews Baz Luhrmann’s (2001) musical, “Moulin Rouge.” Agrees with Luhrmann’s critics that there is a problem with his emphasis on style over substance. While praising the film’s visual style and colorful sets, the reviewer faults some aspects of the camera work (extreme use of quick cuts, swirling action) and the film’s thin plot. Concludes that the film is an interesting but ultimately flawed experiment in the use of postmodern style. KEYWORDS: film postmodernism. 8 pages, 14 footnotes, 7 bibliographic sources. 1,971 words.   $56
 
17304. FILM REVIEW: “GILDA” DIRECTED BY CHARLES VIDOR. Review and critique of this 1946 film noir starring Rita Hayworth and Glen Ford. Concludes that while Gilda can be criticized for certain flaws; nonetheless, it is worth seeing because it is an excellent example of the film noir style. Because of its use of this style, the movie was effective in capturing the mood of American audiences when it was first released, in the period immediately following the end of the Second World War. KEYWORDS: film review film noir. 7 pages, 14 footnotes, 8 bibliographic sources. 1,860 words.   $49
 
17301. FILM REVIEW: JACQUES TATI’S “MON ONCLE”. This paper discusses the use of cinematography in Jacques Tati’s 1958 film, Mon Oncle. Tati was one of the French directors of the 1950s to be identified by François Truffaut as an “auteur.” Concludes that the most notable elements in the film are Tati’s use of long shots and static shots which contribute to the film’s comedic effect, as well as to the film’s theme of alienation in modern life. KEYWORDS: auteur Tati film comedy. 6 pages, 16 footnotes, 7 bibliographic sources. 1,549 words.   $42
 
17283. “CITIZEN KANE” A FILM BY ORSON WELLES. This paper provides an overview and analysis of “Citizen Kane,” examining the various reasons why the film is widely considered to be an artistic masterpiece. Argues that the film opened the door for new approaches to the creation of narrative, the use of sound, and the presentation of visual style (e.g., deep focus, moving camera, flashback structure, aggressive use of montage). The paper also discusses the significance of the film in terms of its influence on later film makers in both the United States and Europe. KEYWORDS: film visual techniques innovation. 6 pages, 24 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources. 1,410 words.   $42
 
17269. A COMPARISON OF TWO FILMS: “KANSAS CITY” & “MR. & MRS. BRIDGE”. This paper compares Robert Altman’s (1996) “Kansas City” and James Ivory’s (1990) “Mr. & Mrs. Bridge”, focusing on how each film depicts barriers to social change in early 20th century Kansas City. Concludes that while both films note race, class – and especially, gender – barriers to change in American society, they offer different perspectives on why these barriers exist and how to overcome them. KEYWORDS: race class gender American society 1930s 1940s film. 11 pages, 17 footnotes, 8 bibliographic sources. 2,716 words.   $77
 
17232. THE DEPICTION OF WOMEN IN THE MOVIES OF THE 1930'S. This paper discusses how the Great Depression and other factors contributed to how women were depicted in Hollywood movies in the 1930s. It is noted that women were depicted differently in the period before the passage of the Hays censorship code (1934) and in the period following its implementation. The paper includes a discussion of the “male gaze” and female stereotypes. In addition, it is noted that the “screwball comedies” of the time often showed women who appeared to be empowered; however, this was played for laughs and the women were generally shown to be submissive to men in the end. Keywords: films women 1930s censorship gender relations. 13 pages; 36 footnotes; 10 bibliographic sources. 3,334 words.   $91
 
17174. "MALLRATS" AND "SCENES FROM A MALL". This paper draws on a comparison of two movies featuring malls as their primary setting to discuss mall marketing and mall consumer issues. The two films are Paul Matzursky’s “Scenes from a Mall” (1991) and Kevin White’s “Mallrats” (1995). These two films present two very different impressions of mall marketing and mall lifestyles in America. Keywords: shopping malls consumer behavior teenagers. 7 pages, 7 footnotes, 7 bibliographic sources.   $49
 
17043. "DIAL M FOR MURDER" AND "REAR WINDOW" (1954, DIRECTOR ALFRED HITCHCOCK). This paper compares and contrasts these two Hitchcock films, which were made in 1954 at two different movie studios. Although there are similarities to be found, there are also many differences. For example, “Rear Window” uses more subjective camera techniques and its main character is more complex. Argues that “Rear Window” is, overall, a much better film than “Dial M for Murder”. Keywords: Hitchcock comparative films. 7 pages; 9 footnotes; 5 bibliographic sources. 1,851 words.   $49
 
17040. "THE HARDER THEY COME" (1973, DIR., PERRY HENZELL). This paper examines the historical accuracy of this Jamaican film (starring Jimmy Cliff), with an emphasis on how it depicts the lifestyle and culture of the time (1960s-1970s). Includes a discussion of poverty and other hardships, the drug trade, outlaw heroes, aspects of religion, and the development of the Reggae music scene. 11 pages; 23 footnotes; 6 bibliographic sources.   $77
 
17028. ALFRED HITCHCOCK'S "THE 39 STEPS". This paper discusses the classic “Hitchcockian” themes in the film “The 39 Steps”, such as the innocent man on the run because he has been suspected of a crime, and the presence of people who are not what they appear to be. Also discusses the use of suspense and the use of a “MacGuffin” (a mysterious, unexplained plot device). Keywords: Hitchcock plot device. 5 pages; 6 footnotes; 5 bibliographic sources.   $35
 
15965. "BOILER ROOM" (2000, DIRECTED BY BEN YOUNGER). The film’s main character, hoping to “get rich quick”, becomes involved in a scam to hustle people into buying phony stocks. This paper discusses how the film addresses issues of charismatic leadership and corporate ethics. 6 pages; 4 footnotes; 4 bibliographic sources. 1,593 words.   $42
 
15964. "WALL STREET" (1987, DIRECTED BY OLIVER STONE). This paper describes scenes in this 1987 film about aggressive stock brokers relating to Gordon Gekko’s charismatic appeal, noting that his charisma is negative in nature because of his selfishness and lack of ethics. 6 pages; 3 footnotes; 3 bibliographic sources. 1,532 words.   $42
 
15957. "ANGEL BABY" (1995, MICHAEL RYMER, DIRECTOR). This paper discusses the challenges faced by the main characters in the Australian film, “Angel Baby” which focuses on two schizophrenics who fall in love and try to live a “normal” life. Also considers what the film shows regarding institutional practices, as well as some theoretical interpretations of the events that occur in the film. 7 pages; 12 footnotes; 5 bibliographic sources. 1,719 words.   $49
 
15954. "AS GOOD AS IT GETS" (1997, JAMES L. BROOKS, DIRECTOR). This paper draws on examples from the film to show how the character Marvin Udall exhibits obsessive-compulsive disorder, according to the Freudian definition. Also discusses how some of Udall’s behavior’s are contrary to the Freudian description, and how his road to recovery seems to be based on a romantic notion of ‘love,’ rather than the use of psychotherapy. 6 pages; 7 footnotes; 2 bibliographic sources. 1,464 words.   $42
 
15924. "BASIC INSTINCT" (1992, DIRECTED BY PAUL VERHOEVEN) (FILM REVIEW). This paper presents a psychological analysis of the main characters (Catherine Tramell and Nick Curran) in the 1992 film, “Basic Instinct”. Describes their signs of anti-social personality disorder, and includes a discussion of Nick’s aggressiveness and how he “mirrors” Catherine. 9 pages; 6 footnotes; 4 bibliographic sources.   $63
 
15870. "A CIVIL ACTION". This paper discusses how the 1998 film (director Steven Zaillian) "A Civil Action" demonstrates the legal adversary process, including the problems faced by the main character, plaintiff attorney Jan Schlictmann. Argues that the system does not always work in terms of revealing the truth or attaining justice. 6 pages, 15 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.   $42
 
15782. ARABS IN AMERICAN FILM. This paper provides an overview and analysis of the depiction of Arabs in American film, from Pepe le Moko (1936) to True Lies (1994). Argues that in earlier times, the distorted and biased characterizations were influenced by Arabian Nights; more recently, it has been influenced by images from the Gulf War. 8 pages, 12 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.   $56
 
15543. HIROSHIMA, MON AMOUR (1959 FILM, DIRECTED BY ALAIN RESNAIS). This paper is concerned with the pivotal scene in which the sleeping Japanese lover's movements remind the French girl of her German lover who was killed in World War II, as well as of her punishment for having had a German lover. Discusses how the identities of the German and Japanese lovers become intertwined, and concludes that the girl begins to come to terms with her past by reliving her painful memories. 6 pages, 8 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.   $42
 
15519. COMPARISON OF THE FILM JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS (1963) WITH THE ARGONAUTICA (APPOLONIUS OF RHODES). Discusses how various versions of the story of Jason and the Argonauts have been created throughout history, and compares several scenes in the film with those in the main source of the story, the Argonautica. It is argued that the variations in the film exist to make the film more dramatic or visually exciting, or in order to relate to modern moral values. 12 pages, 7 footnotes, 9 bibliographic sources.   $84
 
15511. ALLEGORIES OF THE CINEMA (DAVID E. JAMES). Critical review of book on American avant-garde film of the 1960's, which argues that such films were a reaction to the stereotypes of mainstream Hollywood films. The author is criticized for his overuse of a Marxist perspective, which limits his analysis and enables him to provide only one way of interpreting the meaning of the 1960's "alternative cinema." 5 pages, 11 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.   $35
 
15500. THREE REVIEWS OF THE FILM A.I. (STEVEN SPIELBERG, 2001). Compares the views of film critics Roger Ebert, Kenneth Turan and Jay Carr. All three praised the film's technical qualities and acting; however, there were mixed reactions over the extent to which Spielberg's attempt to fulfill the vision of filmmaker Stanley Kubrick was successful. 7 pages, 0 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.   $49
 
15452. MULTIPLE VIEWS OF ARAB FEMINISM IN "FOUR WOMEN OF EGYPT." This paper utilizes Tahani Rached's 1997 documentary film, "Four Women of Egypt" as the starting point for a discussion of the heterogeneity of contemporary Arab feminism and Egyptian women's role in politics. The analysis focuses on some of the key issues and/or points of ideological differences between these four Egyptian women portrayed in the film. Specifically, the analysis considers the differences between Western and Arab feminism and the link between Arab feminism and nationalism in Egypt; religious differences (in this case, Muslim, Christian and atheist), the debate over the secular versus religious state, women's role in Islam, and the meaning of the veil. It is argued that the film effectively debunks Western stereotypes about Arab feminism and Egyptian women's role in political life. Keywords: arab feminists women islam term paper women arabia essay. APA Style. 14 pages, 28 footnotes, 13 bibliographic references.   $98
 
15231. THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE (1995). A plot summary of the film is given, followed by a discussion of how the character King George III exhibits five signs of abnormal behavior (infrequency, violation of norms, personal distress, disability and unexpected ness). Also discusses the incompetence of the doctors of the time in dealing with the King's problem, which is now believed to have been caused by the hereditary disease porphyria. 7 pages, 4 footnotes, 2 bibliographic references.   $49
 
15230. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (1975). After a brief summary of the film's plot, the paper discussed the use of biological treatments as seen in the film (drug therapy, electric shock therapy and psychosurgery). These methods, used merely to control behavior rather than cure mental illness, show the insensitive and inhumane approaches used in earlier psychotherapeutic practice. 7 pages, 0 footnotes, 1 bibliographic reference.   $49
 
15207. FOREVER YOUNG (1992; DIRECTED BY STEVE MINER). Analyzes the film as a modern melodrama, looking at such things as the emphasis on emotions over logic, the dramatic use of camera work, the use of visual symbols and music, and the roles played by women and a sensitive male figure. 12 pages, 18 footnotes, 7 bibliographic references.   $84
 
15112. FILM REVIEW: “THE MALTESE FALCON”: THEMATIC & STYLISTIC ELEMENTS. This paper provides an analysis of thematic and stylistic elements in John Huston’s film, “The Maltese Falcon.” The essay examines and evaluates Huston's film in terms of its thematic elements: formulas, visual design, suspense, mystery, betrayal and codes of honor: the ethics adhered to by the principal characters in the story. It is argued that Huston's Maltese Falcon closely tracks the main narrative themes and lurid characters of Hammett's novel, while giving subtle emphasis to the moral themes in the film treatment, and imposing a variant ending that leaves the criminal mastermind Gutman alive, and master sleuth Sam Spade suspended in the same amoral vacuum of sex and greed as when the story began. KEYWORDS: film review john huston maltese falcon. Chicago Parenthetical Style. 9 pages, 13 footnotes, 8 bibliographic sources.   $63
 
15093. HISTORICAL ISSUES IN THREE 1960S FILMS. This paper analyzes Dr. Strangelove, A Hard Day's Night, and Easy Rider, and what they say about the events of the time, with special reference to the themes of Cold War anxieties, escapism, and the youth counterculture. 8 pages, 19 footnotes, 7 bibliographic references.   $56
 
15055. CULTURE & ETHNICITY IN BRITISH BROADCASTING & FILM. This research paper examines representations of cultural and ethnic differences in British broadcasting and film during the second half of the 20th century. The paper argues recent decades (particularly since the 1980s) have seen positive changes in the representation of cultural and ethnic differences in British broadcasting and film. The specific changes are illustrated through a discussion of representative films and British TV shows. Notwithstanding the positive changes, the paper concludes that both British society and the British media have a way to go before a truly complete sense of equality and diversity is attained. KEYWORDS: british film television broadcasting race ethnicity cultural differences racial strife blacks asians. MLA Style. 16 pages, 64 footnotes, 10 bibliographic sources.   $112
 
14816. EXISTENTIAL THEMES IN “SUNSET BOULEVARD”: AUTHENTICITY, ILLUSION, CHOICE AND DESPAIR IN WILDER’S FILM. This paper examines the various existential themes found in the 1950 film, “Sunset Boulevard,” examining director Billy Wilder’s use of symbol and statement to project philosophical conceptions of the various existential dualities. Makes the argument that Wilder’s film, although lacking the more typical elements of film noir tone and style – the chiaroscuro lighting, wailing jazz score, and criminal subculture – is in fact a deep study of existential despair and fatalism. KEYWORDS: film review film noir wilder existentialism sunset boulevard. 5 pages, 8 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources. 1,225 words.   $35
 
14802. . “A CIVIL ACTION”: TOXIC WASTE TORTS AND THE AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM. This paper considers various aspects of the American legal system – and in particular, the tort system – in the context of director Steven Zaillan’s film adaptation of Jonathan Harr’s (1996) book, A Civil Action. Among the issues considered and discussed are the purpose of the adversary system, the process of discovery, the courtroom behavior of lawyers, the character and motivations of attorney Jan Schlichtmann, the terms of the settlement, and whether only the government can take on big business in court. KEYWORDS: civil action film toxic waste torts adversary system. 8 pages, 2 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources. 1,886 words.   $56
 
14218. “RESERVOIR DOGS” - A FILM BY QUENTIN TARANTINO. This paper provides a favorable critique and analysis of the gangster film directed and written by Tarantino (who also stars in the film). Discusses his brilliance at successfully jumbling together post-modernist and traditionalist approaches in a film which initially appears wholly post-modern. Includes a discusses of Tarantino’s use of popular music from the 1970s in the soundtrack. KEYWORDS: Tarantino postmodern film noir black comedy gangsters. 8 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.   $56
 
14085. THREE LANDMARK AMERICAN FILMS. This essay examines three landmark films – “Birth of a Nation,” “Gone with the Wind,” and “Bonnie & Clyde,” looking at the national or global factors responsible for their success. Argues that the three landmark films are important because they embody and sum up the attitudes, ideas and beliefs of an entire period. KEYWORDS: film review DW Griffiths birth nation gone with the wind bonnie and clyde landmark films american culture. MLA Style. 15 pages, 13 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.   $105
 
13892. THE THREE STOOGES. A serious analysis of the comedic career of the Three Stooges, looking at the personal histories of the original Stooges and later successors, the cinematic style and technique of their slapstick in the great two-reelers and later full-length films, and their influence on later comedians. Notes the contradiction between the Stooges' popular acclaim and the critics' dismissal and attributes this to the inherently "vulgar" nature of the Stooges' comedy which removed it from the realm of "art." 14 pages, 31 footnotes, 8 bibliographic references.   $98
 
13841. MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTING FILM ON THE INTERNET. This research paper provides an overview and analysis of the current conditions and future potential in exhibiting, distributing and marketing films and TV series via the Internet. Following an initial section which considers the technical issues involved in distributing and exhibiting films over the Internet, the paper considers the other major issues in marketing, distributing and exhibiting films and TV series via the Internet. The analysis includes a special focus on the use of the Internet to tap into the elusive 16-to-24 year old group and the special synergy between the horror film genre, youth, and the Internet. The analysis is drawn from a review of literature and an examination of the strategies of companies and web sites now engaged in the industry. KEYWORDS: web television movies internet film marketing distribution termpaper. 32 pages, 69 footnotes, 41 bibliographic sources. sources + directory of film related websites.   $133
 
13792. MARILYN MONROE IN THE MISFITS BY ARTHUR MILLER. Explores the ways in which Arthur Miller's authoring of the screenplay for The Misfits was shaped and influenced by his personal relationship and marriage to the lead female star, Marilyn Monroe. 5 pages, 9 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.   $35
 
13707. EMPIRE OF THE SUN: A STEVEN SPIELBERG FILM. A favorable review of Spielberg's film depicting the struggles of a British boy interned in a Japanese camp during the Japanese conquest of China in World War II. Discusses symbolism and universal principles depicted in the film. Disagrees with film critic Roger Ebert's complaint of the film's lack of strong narrative, although conceded that the central problem of the film is never really resolved. 4 pages, 2 footnotes, 2 bibliographic references.   $28
 
13642. THE DEPICTION OF GENDER IN SCIENCE FICTION FILMS. Analyzes six films (The Day the Earth Stood Still, War of the Worlds, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Alien, Starship Troopers, and the Matrix). Emphasizes how the films treat the issues of equality in work, positions of authority, stereotypical gender behaviors, nurturing instincts, and romantic relations. 13 pages, 13 footnotes, 8 bibliographic sources.   $91
 
13575. YOUNG GUNS AND BILLY THE KID. This paper compares the depiction of Billy the Kid in the movie with the real historical character. It is argued that the inaccuracies in the movie are due to the character's legendary status and the priority of movies to entertain rather than tell the truth. 5 pages, 10 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.   $35
 
13416. FILM AUTHORSHIP. Reviews the "auteur" theory in the context of European and Hollywood film history, contrasting directorial control with the studio system. Looks at economic, social and artistic factors contributing to the independent art film in which "authorship" is attributed to the director. 13p. 17f, 12b.   $91
 
13231. SPORTS IN THE MEDIA. Discusses how sports are portrayed in movies, TV, and music, and argues that sports provide an effective analogy for the struggles of life that all people must experience. 10 pages, 18 footnotes, 10 bibliographic sources.   $70
 
13197. INNOVATIVE FILM TECHNIQUE IN CITIZEN KANE (ORSON WELLES). Orson Welles' 1940 film about W. R. Hearst is analyzed for its experimental use of sound, image, overdubbing, sets and makeup. Citizen Kane is seen as a textbook of modern film's storytelling technique. 6 pages, 12 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.   $42
 
13088. THE PARODY OF VIOLENCE IN TARANTINO'S PULP FICTION. The director's parody of film violence as a cinematic tool for shock effect and for cultural comment is discussed. The contrast between "over the top" gore and the low-key insights into the criminal and popular cultures is seen as a legitimate use of violent images. 10 pages, 8 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.   $70
 
13064. THE COLOR PURPLE (A COMPARISON OF NOVEL AND MOVIE). A comparison of the novel (Alice Walker) with the film version (Steven Spielberg). Argues that both are effective as works of art, and that the differences are due to the differences in the two media. The novel provides more details and insights, while the movie makes use of such things as visual imagery, dramatic tension and comic relief. 10 pages, 15 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.   $70
 
13049. FANTASY VERSUS REALITY IN THREE FILMS. Argues that Girl 6 makes effective use of symbols and images to show the dangers of becoming absorbed in fantasy. By contrast, Quiz show is less convincing in its argument because it makes use of stereotyped characterizations. Network also uses stereotypes, but it is more effective because the stereotypes contribute to the humor of the film. 5 pages, 12 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.   $35
 
12706. INFLUENCE OF JAZZ & POP ON MUSIC & FILM. An historical survey on the ways pop and jazz have contributed to the development of these industries since the nineteenth century. Also discusses the changes in style over the years, as well as the recent trend of marketing music and movies together. 14 pages, 42 footnotes, 13 bibliographic sources.   $98
 
12700. "CHARIOTS OF FIRE" AND THE BRITISH CLASS SYSTEM. A review and analysis of the 1982 British film which tells the stories of two 1924 Olympic medal winners. Analyzes the film's treatment of the British class system and its promotion of the idea that British society is a meritocracy, in which individual effort will overcome the barriers of class membership. 11 pages, 3 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.   $77
 
12699. CAREER OF MILOS FORMAN. Biographical sketch of the life and career of the Czechoslovakian film director. Reviews Forman's 11 feature films, considering thematic links and complexity of approach. Considers the difficulties and rewards of making the leap from small, personalized Eastern European films to Hollywood blockbusters. 8 pages, 18 footnotes, 8 bibliographic sources.   $56
 
12697. EFFECT OF SOUND ON FILM AS ART. Analysis and discussion of the impact of sound on film, looking at the technology allowing synchronized sound, the effects on acting and actors, and the influence of sound on evolution of the 1930s musicals, comedies and dramas. 9 pages, 14 footnotes, 8 bibliographic sources.   $63
 
12684. SCARLETT O'HARA COMPARED WITH HISTORICAL ACCOUNTS OF WOMEN IN THE CIVIL WAR. Scenes from both the book and movie are compared with diaries and other sources from the Civil War period. In this way, it is shown that Scarlett's characterization is, for the most part, historically accurate. Although she is more determined and independent than the average Southern woman, it is noted that she represents a "new type of woman" who came into existence during that time. 11 pages, 36 footnotes, 9 bibliographic sources.   $77
 
12498. CHARLIE CHAPLIN AND AMERICAN HUMOR. The life, ideas and art of the film comedian are described. Chaplin's physical comedy and cinematic genius are noted, and his films' connections to political and social events of the times are described. 7 pages, 15 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.   $49
 
12497. SEX, VIOLENCE, AND COMMERCIALISM IN THE MEDIA. Argues that popular entertainment is driven by commercialism in its production of obscene and violent programs. 6 pages, 6 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.   $42
 
12496. COMPARISON OF BOOK & FILM, THE ENGLISH PATIENT. (INSERT TEXT) 6 pages, 7 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.   $42
 
12478. THE ENGLISH PATIENT BY MICHAEL ONDAATJE. Thoughtful, sensitive review of Onjaatje's novel. Explicates the use of geography as the main metaphor in the novel, tracing the interaction of the characters drawn from disparate parts of the world who wind up confronting themselves and each other in the isolated setting of a bombed-out Italian villa. 6 pages, 6 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.   $42
 
12470. "LAUGHTER IN THE DARK" BY VLADIMIR NABOKOV. Review and analysis of Nabokov's 1931 novel parody of melodramatic silent films. Considers the elements of novelistic reality, parody, and irony as epitomized through the main character Albinus' distorted view of women in particular and life in general. 11 pages, 23 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.   $77
 
12276. THREE FILMS ON THE COLD WAR. Looks at themes of nuclear paranoia, propaganda and political ideology in Dr. Strangelove, The Manchurian Candidate, and Atomic Cafe. 6 pages, 4 footnotes, 5 bibliographic sources.   $42
 
12235. A FAMILY THERAPY APPROACH TO ANALYZING THE FILM ORDINARY PEOPLE. Analyzes the problems and family relationship interactions of the film's teenage protagonist within a systems theory framework using Nichols (1996) integrative approach to family therapy which combines elements of the psychodynamic, communications, and behavior approaches. Provides background on the theoretical approach, analyzes the film within this context, and sets forth a treatment plan using the integrative approach. 15 pages, 21 footnotes, 13 bibliographic sources.   $105
 
12234. SCIENCE FICTION IN FILM AND TELEVISION: TECHNOLOGY AND MYTHOLOGY IN "STAR TREK" AND "STAR WARS". This paper compares the two popular Sci Fi epics. “Star Trek” is seen as a TV series exploring other words to make social comment, while “Star Wars” is seen as a mythical fable of good and evil, with more emphasis on special effects than plot. Keywords: comparative film SciFi. 11 pages, 7 footnotes, 7 bibliographic sources.   $77
 
12219. NABOKOV'S "LOLITA": THE NOVEL VERSUS THE FILM (BOOK/FILM REVIEW). This paper compares and contrasts Nabokov’s “Lolita” with director Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 film treatment of the novel. Argues that the film loses much of the comedy, horror, and narrative beauty of the novel. Keywords: film adaptation. 6 pages, 8 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources.   $42
 
12131. CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE FILM "CITIZEN KANE." (Directed by Orson Welles.) Emphasizes the controversy over the use of William Randolph Hearst and his mistress as a basis for the characters in the film. Examines the similarities and differences between the film and historical facts. Concludes that the film is indeed based on the life of Heart but that the facts were altered by Welles in order to make a personal artistic statement. 10 pages, 30 footnotes, 8 bibliographic sources.   $70
 
12052. "CLUELESS" (DIRECTED BY AMY HECKERLING). Analysis of Director Heckerling's depiction of an affected, fashion-conscious group of wealthy California teenagers in her 1995 film. Contrasts Heckerling's treatment of "teenagers as shoppers" in this film versus "teenagers as mall workers" seen in Heckerling's 1982 film, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." 8 pages, 0 footnotes, 2 bibliographic sources. 2,268 words.   $63
 
12051. "ANTONIA'S LINE" (DIRECTED BY MARLEEN GORRIS). Critical analysis of the feminist Dutch director's 1995 film. Argues that the film is a feminist fable and discusses its meaning, drawing evidence from symbolic depictions within the film.. Focuses on the contrast between this relatively light-hearted and optimistic entry and Gorris' earlier works, which are characterized as dark, pessimistic commentaries on the nature of sexism in contemporary society. 12 pages, 12 footnotes in text, 7 bibliographic sources.   $84
 
12020. ANALYSIS OF THE U.S. MOTION PICTURE INDUSTRY. Discusses and rates various factors, including size and share of the market, customers, competition, distribution, demographics, costs, and technological developments. Also argues for improved laws to protect film businesses in copyrights and international trade, and calls for clarification of the current MPAA rating system. Concludes that the industry will continue to be strong in upcoming years. 17 pages, 41 footnotes, 8 bibliographic sources.   $119
 
11889. "WALL STREET." Evaluates the ethical implications of the Oliver Stone film Wall Street noting the conflict between big business and organized labor. 5 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.   $35
 
11870. THE PORTRAYAL OF LABOR RELATIONS IN F.I.S.T. Summarizes the film considering the limits of its depiction of organized labor. 5 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.   $35
 
11668. PIXOTE AND HOUR OF THE STAR. This paper provides a complete dual movie review of two Brazilian films set in Sao Paolo. Both movies deal with lower-class people adjusting to an incredibly poor and hopeless environment, for both the reviewer discusses the problem of creating an attractive and realistic narrative from this difficult material. KEYWORDS: film review brazilian pixote hour of the star. 10 pages, 8 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.   $70
 
11667. MOVIES AND CENSORSHIP. Analytical essay places Bob Dole's Presidential campaign attack on Hollywood in context of American history, which is that movies have almost always been self-regulated by industry associations and by political interest groups and government actions, and the loosening of standards in the 70s and 80s was demanded by the market. KEYWORDS: Hollywood movies censorship presential campaigns. 10 pages, 26 footnotes, 9 bibliographic sources.   $70
 
11666. AMERICAN HUMOR AND TELEVISION. An analytical overview of modern TV series, in the context of a broader contrast between 2 schools of American humor: one exemplified by Mark Twain and shock/hard humor, another symbolized by the gentler parodies of THE NEW YORKER and the lovable bumblers of Thurber and White. Finds both schools alive in today's market-motivated context which blurs the categories; most-mentioned shows are Roseanne, Home Improvement, Friends, and Fraiser. 13p. Notes in Text. 5b.   $91
 
11666. AMERICAN HUMOR AND TELEVISION. An analytical overview of modern TV series, in the context of a broader contrast between 2 schools of American humor: one exemplified by Mark Twain and shock/hard humor, another symbolized by the gentler parodies of THE NEW YORKER and the lovable bumblers of Thurber and White. Finds both schools alive in today's market-motivated context which blurs the categories; most-mentioned shows are Roseanne, Home Improvement, Friends, and Fraiser. 13p. Notes in Text. 5b.   $91
 
11659. LUIS BUNUEL: A CAREER IN SURREALISM. An admiring and convincing review of the life and career of Spanish Surrealist filmmaker Luis Bunuel, arguing that he maintained a consistent Surrealist perspective throughout his work. Besides Un Chien Andalou and other early and commercial work, focuses on Los Olvidados, Viridiana, and That Obscure Object of Desire. 10p. Notes in Text. 11b.   $70
 
11646. TELEVISION NEWS AND AMERICAN POLITICS. Argues that television news is a critical force directing the American policymaking process. Explains why TV news dominates other media, looks at the "double-edged sword" of political newsmaking, and considers the implications for public policymaking. 7 pages, 13 footnotes, 4 bibliographic sources.   $49
 
11614. GREED IN TWO NINETIES MOVIES. Critical discussion of the portrayal of greed in two movies, Wall Street and Other People's Money. Follows theme that the greed of the leading roles is exaggerated for dramatic effect, without explaining the greed of the owning classes in any beneficial way. 5 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.   $35
 
11592. LAURA ESQUIVAL'S "LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE". Good favorable review of this novel-with recipes, focusing on how its themes of food and frustration reflect the female experience of history. 6 pages, 1 footnote, 1 bibliographic source.   $42
 
11560. ED ZWICK'S FILM GLORY. Lucid and well informed movie review of this 1990 film of a Black regiment and its white colonel in the Civil War. Finds the direction and acting highly praiseworthy, pans the screenplay and music, and intelligently discusses a number of social issues around history and the Black experience in white America and the nature of warfare which are raised by the film. 9 pages, 14 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.   $63
 
11431. FILM NOIR. This paper provides an overview and analysis of the film noir genre in Hollywood movies of the 1940s and 1950s. The paper begins with a definition of “film noir” and its key characteristics and elements. Drawing on examples from specific films including “Double Indemnity,” “The Maltese Falcon,” “The Big Heat,” “Murder, My Sweet,” and “Blue Gardenia,” the analysis considers the gender relations and sexual identity in film noir and its relation to broader societal changes of the era; explores the hero of film noir as an “alienated man,” and the importance of crime and corruptions themes in the genre. KEYWORDS: film noir cinema 1940s 1950s crime sexuality corruption alienation. 15 pages, 14 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.   $105
 
11419. BERGMAN'S VIEW OF THE MIDDLE AGES. Critical review looking at the accuracy of Bergman's re-creation of the Middle Ages in his film The Seventh Seal finds he is not too concerned with historical accuracy, since he is really making an analogy to modern society and only needs to re-create our modern ideal of what the Middle Ages were like. 8 pages, 18 footnotes, 7 bibliographic sources.   $56
 
11283. HITCHCOCK'S "NOTORIOUS". Considers the themes of spying and voyeurism as developed in the two storylines: the romantic relationship between Devlin and Huberman (Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman), and the undercover mission targeting the Nazi organization. Excellent psychological analysis of characters, storyline, and typical audience reaction. 14 pages, 12 footnotes, 10 bibliographic sources.   $98
 
11271. THE JOY LUCK CLUB (THE FILM). The themes of family life and mother-daughter relationships in the film treatment of Amy Tan's novel about Chinese-Americans is examined. 5 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic sources.   $35
 
11207. "THE LAST LAUGH" A FILM BY F.W. MURNAU. The theme of class illusions and economic inequality in the masterpiece of the German Golden Age of film is examined; attention is given to expressionist camera techniques and to Emil Janning's extraordinary lead performance. 10 pages, 8 footnotes, 3 bibliographic sources.   $70
 
11203. "THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING" (COMPARING BOOK WITH FILM). Analyzes the differences between the movie and writer Milan Kundera's novel about eroticism, love and rebellion in Czechoslovakia. 7 pages, 4 footnotes, 1 bibliographic source.   $49
 
11157. BLAXPLOITATION FILMS. Examines the black action film genre of 1970-1974, including such movies as Shaft, Superfly, and Sweet Sweetback. Origins of the genre in black film history, stereotypes and sex/drug themes, and impact on later artists in black film are analyzed. 25 pages, 28 footnotes, 12 bibliographic sources.   $133
 
11134. THE MOVIES AND THE DEPRESSION. Looks at the American film industry in the 1930s; problems with censorship, social criticism, and escapism are analyzed. The advances of film technology are related to comedy, drama, cartoons and gangster films. 11 pages, 17 footnotes, 6 bibliographic sources.   $77
 
10672. "WITNESS" THE PETER WEIR FILM. Review of the 1985 Peter Weir film about a Philadelphia detective protecting a witness in the Amish country. Cognitive, symbolic and cultural perspectives in the film are noted. 5 pages, 0 footnotes, 0 bibliographic source.   $35
 
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