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Mean Girls

In the movie Mean Girls, Cady, played by Lindsay Lohan is faced with a new chapter in her life when she enrolled in a high school for the first time. ...

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Leni Riefenstahl

Leni Riefenstahl's films gave the world the lasting images of Nazi Germany, ...

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Landscapes Of Power And The National Geographic

Perhaps no other publication has been as closely associated with photography as the National Geographic. The Geographic—which nobody ever seems to throw away—brought exotic lands and people into the homes of those who would never otherwise be able to see these cultures. But photos are never completely neutral, particularly when they’re taken for a magazine. This paper explores the idea of the “gaze” in photography, and then discusses three photos from the National Geographic exhibit at the Stephen Bulger gallery....

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The Art Of Moving Images

One of the such popular technique today is Bullet Time, also addressed as time slice effect, slow - mo, flow - mo, frozen time, virtual cinematography and many more but term bullet time is the registered trademark of Warner Brothers. Bullet time uses digitally embellished simulation of photography at different speed. The effect can also be explained by its changeover of time - slow enough for the audience to see the flying bullets and space - normal enough for the audience’s point of view when the events are slowed down. This kind of slow motion effect is not possible using...

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Clash Of The Titians

In 'Clash of the Titans,' the ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against gods. other than the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth. Leading a daring band of warriors, Perseus sets off on a perilous journey deep...

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Clyde And Bonnie Died For Nihilism

The creation of a mendacious legend and the Baby Boomers who believed the lie.(Culture & Civilization)(Critical essay)....

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The Career Of Michel Gondry

It is said that a human mind works ten times faster while dreaming. That’s the simplest way to explain Michel Gondry’s creativity. One can only blatantly admit this when watching Gondry’s works. A perfect blend of surrealism and down to earth characterisation is what makes his work distinct. And I’m only talking about concepts and ideas. Visual implementation of this is where one would fail unless he has been really dreaming....

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The Simpsons And The North American Family

It’s no secret that much of the success of situation comedies is due to seeing ourselves in the characters in everyday situations we encounter. This study will focus on one of the highest rated situation comedies, The Simpsons, and the comparison with the typical North American Family. By gathering concise information concerning the characters, their economics, geographical locales, and their tendencies, and then gathering similar statistical factual information from comparable North American families, we will be able to compare and arrive at the conclusion that this situation comedy is relevant and may actually help us as each of us identify...

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The Choreography Of Pina Bausch

With a German origin, Pina Bausch, a breath taking contemporary dancer and choreographer! Her best performances choreographed include “Café Muller”, “Le Sacre Du Printemps”, “Nelken”, “Danzon”, and “Barbe Bleue”. Most importantly, this paper is an outlook of Bausch’s work, especially in these extraordinary performances, and indicating what makes such unique performances a masterpiece of our time....

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Soviet Montage Theory Film Essay

Eisentein describe montage is one of the editing style of discontinuity in graphic qualities which means how the filmmakers combine together all the different shots sizes in different camera angle by using the editing suite with the force of powerful narrative....

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Approaches To Effective Green Screen Footage

“What are the best approaches to have effective green screen footage?” In this research report will show the best approaches to have effective green screen footage. Firstly, mentioning about the research aim and secondly it will be focusing several specific areas about green screen such as; what are the blue and green screen in the media; what are the most effective green screen tools and compare the methods of green screen tools, what is the main rules of having effective Lighting the green screen and how to have effective shooting clean green screen footages. In this research report will be...

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Thought Of Film

Check out this fun new way of showing what you thought of a film. ...

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The Censorship About Films

In Rome during the 1980’s Salvatore knew from his woman that her mother called and said that Alfredo is dead. As the woman asked who Alfredo is, Toto started having flashback of the memories before....

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History Of The Cinema Evolution

The Frenchman Louis Lumiere is always credited and he actually is known as the inventor of the motion picture camera in 1895. Other inventors preceded him, and Lumiere's achievement should always be considered in the context of this creative period. Lumiere's portable, suitcase-sized cinematography served as a camera, film processing unit, and projector all in one. He could shoot footage in the morning, process it in the afternoon, and then project it to an audience that evening. His first film was the arrival of the express train at Ciotat. Other subjects included workers leaving the factory gates, a child...

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Black Cannon Incident

McGrath’s argument on the political satire, Black Cannon Incident, claims that the film’s “modernist visual aesthetic,” which favors experimental style over the linear narration characterized by 1950s “socialist realism aesthetic,” is “an element of the film’s rhetorical undermining of the spy genre” (Berry 29) as “purely performative ideological operations” (Berry 25). Black Cannon’s visual style emphasizes the theme of emptiness to mock the irrationality and paranoia that stem from the bureaucratic authorities’ “circular logic,” a term McGrath reiterates throughout....

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Mise En Scene Analysis Of Titanic

In this chapter, content analysis will be used to analyze the film ‘Titanic’ in qualitative perspectives from the five mise-en-scene elements (Acting style, setting, space, costume and lighting) and also the focus group to find out ideological elements that portrayed in this film. Besides that, the reporting of the discussion in the focus group which is based on the four themes also will be included....

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What Impacts Did The Civil War Have

This investigation assesses the significance of surrealist artists’ responses to the Spanish Civil War and how the experiences of the horrific event were documented visually. In order to evaluate such significance, this investigation examine the impact the events of the war, and the war itself, had on surrealist art. Primary recounts of the war’s impact on art and visual art history are mostly used to evaluate the significance of the art responses the Spanish Civil War inspired, such as works by Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso who became world renowned for their contribution. Two of the sources used in the...

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Reviewing The Fabulous Movie White Nights

Firstly, I would want to give the credits to Taylor Harkford to direct such a fantabulous movie “White Nights”. It’s my first time watching the movie and I should say white nights has brought tears and amazed me. It’s an incredible movie beyond words. Both the music and Mischa sinks in flawlessly. And that is the mark of a true dancer and a star. This is what I call dancing. The various dances of Mischa in white nights to the Russian singer are also fantastic. The actor of white nights were Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines, Jerzy Skolimowsko, Helen Mirren and...

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Digital Enhanced Video And 3d Technology

Digital Enhanced Video and 3D technology has combinely overcome media Industry nowadays , We find movies and other media content to be more rich and full of Visual excitation, When movies were made before didn’t had much of that eye-catching details which viewers find today....

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Ethnicity In Hollywood And American Culture

Hollywood movies have preached the assimilation of the ethnic “other” into American culture. This is a dangerous prospect as media representations are used to frame our understandings of ethnic groups and sub-cultures. In this study, a social semiotic approach is used to frame the violence, food, musical score, and set furnishings present in The Sopranos. By contrasting these elements with those found in The Godfather, assimilation of the ethnic Italian is revealed. Using an interpretation that rests on the theoretical framework of symbolic interactionism, this study adds to our understanding of ethnic representation in media. ...

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Analysing The Realist Movement

The essence of modernity was the portrayal of life as it was, rather than being fictional and idealize. It became controversial in the fact that viewers needed to move away from idealism and accept the new approach of Realism. This movement gained momentum in the latter half of the 19th century where the audience were exposed to works of art that were no longer aesthetically pleasing. Instead artworks contained subject matter that was a truthful and accurate representation of ordinary people and everyday activities of the times. Past artistic achievements were no longer to be imitated, instead a new realistic...

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The History Of Dance And Cultural Influences

Political climates, social factors and cultural influences are some of the key elements that affect dance and its development. Emotional and intellectual reactions towards changes in these political and social circumstances are often evidently seen in the medium of dance. (Company, Library, College, Division, Dept, Branch, Hanna, Arny, and Company) In the movie “White Nights”, the lives of two dancers from entirely different cultural backgrounds are intertwined resulting in an interesting marriage of tap dancing and ballet. These two distinctly unique forms of dance are central to the plot of the story as they help to push the action in...

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Creating Suspense In The Birds

‘The Birds’ was one of the most successful suspense films of its time and possibly all time. It is a superbly directed film by ‘the master of suspense’ Alfred Hitchcock in 1963. ‘The Birds’ was based on a novella by Daphne Du Maurier of the same name. I think this is an astounding, unbelievably, remarkable film because it does everything a suspense film should have, and more. In this article I am going to explore the suspense used in the film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. I will examine how through lighting, colour and camera angles this was one of Hitchcock’s...

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Converting Comic Characters To The Big Screen

Glaswegian comic book writer Grant Morrison is a born storyteller and it has been his creative vision that has broken the mould of stagnant formula within comic book narratives and turned the medium on its head. Whether it was pulling the rug from underneath the comic book community with his latest twist in the DC title Batman...

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How Horror Movies Have Changed

Horror as a whole has been around for many years. Writers have unfolded tales of fear and fright in novels. Directors bring terror to life on the big screen. People have enjoyed being scared time and time again. But why do they like this? How has Horror become such a successful genre?...

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The Recorded Listening Project

The selection I decided to write about is Rose Room, by the Benny Goodman Sextet. The song was recorded in 1939 and is in the Swing style. Art Hickman, a bandleader from the San Francisco, originally composed Rose Room in 1917 while performing St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco [1] . Even though the song is from the ragtime era it had enough flair to be recorded by the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1932. In 1939, Benny Goodman updated Ellington's version for the Swing crowd. The prominent musicians in the Goodman version were: Benny Goodman, Fletcher Henderson, Charlie...

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Movement Technique In Casablanca

Casablanca is a romantic film. The story is about a man Rick Blaine who owned a very popular nightclub “Rick’s Café Americian” located in Casablanca. People who wanted to escape to America went to Rick’s café since they can buy illegal letters of transit to allow them to escape. One day a beautiful lady enters with her husband Ilsa and Victor Laszlo. Ilsa was Rick’s true love; however Ilsa left Rick when the Nazis attacked Paris. Moreover, Ilsa wanted her husband (Victor) to escape to America. She also wanted to stay behind with Rick after she renewed her love...

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Documentary Techniques Of The Two Escobars

Wells (2003) defined documentary is “A Non-fiction text that uses footages of the actual event, which included the direct recording of events and will be presented consisting materials related to the events such as interview, statistic, etc. (p. 212)...

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Man Eel Unagi

In May of 1997 Unagi premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival in France and won the prestigious top honor of the Palme d'Or. Written and directed by filmmaker Shohei Imamura ...

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Easy Rider Movie Analysis

”Easy Rider … invokes both affirmative and critical visions of 1960s America, making it more of a measure of its times than either its original or later audiences could imagine” (Klinger, B. 1997, p.199). Through close textual analysis identify and discuss the ways in which the affirmative and critical visions of 1960s America are represented....

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Sisters Of The Gion A Feminist Film

The film Sisters of the Gion (1936) is among the masterpiece films ingeniously directed by Kenji Mizoguchi in prewar Japan. Mizoguchi’s cinematic prowess and the mastery of cinematic aesthetics showcase the classic film in 1930s. The film inherently cuts across the 1930s patriarchal society highlighting the plight of women. This film depicts why Mizoguchi is often seen as a champion of the women and early feminist activist in Japan. The film revolves around the lives of two sisters; Omocha and Umekichi who are complete opposite of each other and differed significantly in the expectations and obligations of a woman in...

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Wanted Woman In Cinema

For every Humphrey Bogart, Jimmy Stewart, and shirtless Brad Pitt portrayed throughout the years in classic Hollywood films, there was an Ingrid Bergman, Jean Arthur, and Susan Sarandon not far behind. Since the beginning of the film industry, women have always been involved in one way or another. Whether they were portrayed as the damsel in distress, a femme fatale, or outspoken, gun slinging best friends the countless depictions of different female characters have changed the way the world perceived traditional gender roles and helped change the film industry forever....

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Reviewing The Dawn Of The Dead Movie

After seeing the heart-pounding preview to this film I knew that I had to watch it, and it was much more than I had ever expected. I mean, who doesn't love a horribly bloody zombie flick? Thankfully this isn't your run-of-the-mill zombie movie, it's loaded with originality. Those boring old brain eating zombies were left back in George Romero's Dawn of the Dead. Ten minutes into 28 Days Later your skin will be crawling; you'll be watching it through the cracks between your fingers as you cover your eyes in sheer terror. 28 Days Later was written by Alex Garland...

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Analysing Theatre And Its Historical Developments

The drama is the only literary art which is designed for a crowd instead of to an individual. The poet writes for a selected audience. The essayist and the novelist write for readers sitting alone in their libraries. The writer speaks to each of them in solitude. But it is different with a play. And because the drama must be written for a crowd, it must be written in a different fashion, and must device a different structure for representation, from the other forms of art. Due to this difference, the crowd has exercised a dominant influence upon the dramatist in...

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A Study On The Film Fahrenheit 9 11

Im writing a film review after watching a documentary film Fahrenheit 9/11 as part of our course under the topic war and peace. This film mainly criticizes Bush presidency, conspiracy behind the 9/11 attack and its coverage in the news media. From the title of this film one can probably guess that its the inspiration of the film titled "Fahrenheit 451.'' The film is about censorship and consists of real videos. Through such similarity Moore attempts to convience the audience to gain a notion and criticize Bush's presidency....

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