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Title: film discussion topic in relation to a one film

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Essay Instructions: FILM 432

this is a film short paper for my film 432 course. you should write an essay according to the instructions. you should choose one the topic in our syllabus and than write an essay according to its film( please watch it) and its reading. the readings name are on the syllabus

AS an example if you choose 12 october's topic, than you should write a topic of 'everyday experience of modernity in contemporary cities' with watching the film of Manhattan(woody allen) and also read the three readings about this topic.

You should choose which topic you wanted to write about but please find the readings, and watch the film about the topic.

the instructions are below;

Short papers Papers must be between 4-5 pages (double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 Font). They should make a discussion of one of the issues that we examine in the course (e.g., gendered experience of flânerie; experience of the transient spaces of modernity; modernity and migration; contemporary experience of the province etc.) in relation to a ONE film included in the course syllabus. Papers should incorporate a discussion of the relevant readings in the syllabus as well as students’ own experiences, observarions, and opinions concerning the subject at hand.

October 12
Everyday experience of modernity in contemporary cities
Film: Manhattan (Woody Allen, USA, 1979)

Marshall Berman, ‘Introduction: New York Calling’ in Marshall Berman and Brian Berger ed. New York Calling: From Blackout to Bloomberg. London: Reaktion Books, 2007.

Armond White, ‘Speaking Truth to Power,’ in Marshall Berman and Brian Berger ed. New York Calling: From Blackout to Bloomberg. London: Reaktion Books, 2007.

Dave Itzkoff, ‘Woody Allen: The Director’s Cut (Interview with Woody Allen,’ New York Times, September 15, 2010.

Suggested Reading: Marshall Berman, All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: The Experience of Modernity. London: Verso, 1997.

October 19
Transient spaces of modernity: Bridges, subways, airports, taxi caps...
Film: Night on Earth (Jim Jarmusch, USA, 1991) ; The Terminal (Steven Spielberg, USA, 2004) ; Köprüdekiler (AslA? Özge, Turkey, 2009)

Suggested Reading: Marc Auge, Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity. London: Verso, 2000.

October 26
Outside the modern city: Contemporary experience of the province
Film: May Clouds (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey, 1999)

Reading: Asuman Suner, New Turkish Cinema: Belonging, Identity and Memory. London: I.B. Tauris Press, 2010.

November 16
Early images of the modern city
Film: The Man with the Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, USSR, 1929)
Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin, USA, 1936)

Reading: Marko Daniel, “The Man With the Movie Camera: Speed of Vision, Speed of Truth?”

Suggested Reading: Jeremy Hicks, Dziga Vertov: Defining Documentary Film. London: I.B.Tauris, 2007.

November 23
The modern subject and the gendered practice of flanerie
Film: My Life to Live (Jean Luc Godard, France, 1962)

Reading: David Sterritt, The Films of Jean-Luc Godard: Seeing the Invisible. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Suggested Reading: Anne Friedberg, Window Shopping: Cinema and the Postmodern. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993.

Anthony Giddens, Modernity and Self-Identity: Self and Society in the Late Modern Age. Stanford, CA: University of Stanford Press, 1991.

Richard Neupert, A History of the French New Wave Cinema. Madison, Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2002.

November 30
Migration, globalization, and the modern city
Film: La Haine (Mathieu Kassovitz, France, 1995)

Myrto Konstantarakos, “Which Mapping of the City? La Haine (Kassovitz, 1995) and the Cinema de Banlieue,” in Phil Powrie, ed. French Cinema in the 1990s: Continuity and Difference. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.

December 7
Order, disorder and the modern city
Film: Play Time (Jacques Tati, France, 1967); Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong, 1997)

Janice Tong, “Chungking Express: Time and Its Displacements” in Chris Berry ed. Chinese Films in Focus: 25 New Takes, London: BFI Publishing, 2003.

Laurent Marie, “Jacques Tati’s Play Time as New Babylon” in Mark Shiel and Tony Fitzmaurice ed. Cinema and the City: Film and Urban Societies in a Global Context, Oxford: Blackwell, 2001.

Suggested Reading: Michel Chion, The Films of Jacques Tati. Toronto: Guernica, 2003.

December 14
Experience of modernity in contemporary Istanbul
Film: Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (Fatih AkA?n, Germany, 2005)

Engin IA?A?n, “The Soul of a City: Hüzün, Keyif, Longing,” in Deniz Göktürk, Levent Soysal and A?pek Türeli ed. Orienting Istanbul: Cultural Capital of Europe? New York: Routledge, 2010.

Asuman Suner, New Turkish Cinema: Belonging, Identity and Memory. London: I.B. Tauris Press, 2010.

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Title: movie review on the crucible

Total Pages: 3 Words: 1106 Bibliography: 1 Citation Style: APA Document Type: Research Paper

Essay Instructions: Movie review on The Crucible

-review should include plot summary

-the discussion of the film as art ( is the film "realist or formalist" and why, is the cinematography innovative, is the storytelling interesting or unconventional, are special editing techniques used, what type of narration is employed (restrictive or omniscient or both), does the film reflect a certain style of a particular director, etc)

-an evaluation and critique of the film (does the film work as art or as entertainment, what does the reviewer like or not like about the film, etc)

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Title: Film review

Total Pages: 4 Words: 1141 Sources: 6 Citation Style: APA Document Type: Essay

Essay Instructions: Film list and detail will be sending by resources. THIS PAPER WILL BE TURN INTO TURNITIN.COM, PLEASE BE SPECIFIC. THANK YOU.

Review of one documentary film. We suggest you find a review of the film so you are aware of the content before you start.

Each review is two parts:
1. Write an academic review according to general instructions.
2. Answer the questions for your film

For the general part of your review, follow the guidelines on page 2 of this assignment.

For the second part, the questions are listed below along with information on each film.
The film list begins on Page 3.

Your review should be at least 1,500 words double spaced, one inch margins, 12-pt font. This word count includes the word count for pasting in the questions you answer. Please do that, it is easier for us to grade your paper.

You can write longer papers, but try to be concise and to the point so you stay close to the word count. This is a low-stress assignment and is meant for you to apply concepts learned in this course in a different medium.

Papers will be graded on originality, critical assessment, and comprehension of the film content, grammar and organization.

Please do not do this assignment without watching the film. Your professor has seen all of them several times and can tell if you watched it or not. It is best to watch the film and then, during a second viewing, pause the film to write down answers to the questions.

Do not pick one with only a few questions, the film is most likely longer for those options or the questions are more difficult.

Guidelines for Writing the Academic Film Review

Please divide your paper into these general sections. Be sure your name is on your assignment and ensure your grammar and spelling are correct.

Include the name of the film in your filename.
Upload your paper to Turnitin with the submission name as Your Name Name of Film.
The film name in the submission title can be brief ??" 1-2 words.


Give the name of film, producer and the year.

Why did you select this film for your review?

Had you seen it before?
If so, how did a second viewing help in your understanding or enjoyment?

What was the film’s purpose or thesis? Was it clear or did you have to infer it?

Who is the primary audience for this film?

Was the format strictly documentary or were there some dramatic recreations? Why do you think they used recreations?

Relevance to coursework

How does this film relate to what you are learning the SS1A course lectures or readings?

Which specific social science concepts, from this class or your readings, are helpful for understanding the film?

Which issues were the strongest in the film?


Were there any important omissions that you feel would improve the film?

How might this film impact others different from you (i.e. gender, ethnicity, culture)?

Film-Specific Questions:

Answer the questions listed on the assignment page for your film after this review.

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