Select ONE of the following groups below. For each designated group, apply the topics to the films in a short essay of 1200-1250 words. You must discuss A MINIMUM of TWO films in each group, in relation to a MINIMUM of TWO topics in each group.
Your discussion should attempt to connect the two topics youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve chosen to one another as well as to the films. It’s not an absolute requirement, but it makes for a more cohesive essay. Also, make sure your discussions include SPECIFIC EXAMPLES from the films selected. You are not obliged to select your film/topic choices from ONE group OR the other. If you wish to discuss topics across the two different groups (topics not already cross- listed), that is acceptable, as long as you 1) BASE your DISCUSSION on two films and two topics, and RELATE them to each other in your essay, and 2) make it CLEAR in your essay which films and topics you are discussing.
Films: Vincent & Theo, Frida, Eagle vs. Shark, My Beautiful Laundrette,
Manny & Lo, Thelma & Louise
-perception & representation (of the world, reality the self), -relationships (odd couples, mirror-images, a lens through which to see or experience social discourses, ethical issues) -master codes of identity (national, cultural, racial, gender, sexual) vs. Otherness -effects of colonialism & imperialism -The Gaze vs. Oppositional looks (subverting, or returning the gaze) -reproducing conditions of patriarchy vs. exceeding the bounds of patriarchy -constructing/deconstructing the family (nuclear/national) -legal authority vs. vigilante justice -coming of age & loss of innocence -road/buddy movie -self-destruction/victimhood -ethics of murder/suicide
Films: The Quiet American (2002), The Spy Who Came In From the Cold,
Running on Empty, Dogfight, Last Orders, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
-master codes of identity (national, cultural, racial, gender, sexual) vs. Otherness -the effects of colonialism and imperialism -political idealism vs. radicalism -patriots vs. traitors
-legal authority vs. vigilante justice -masculinity/patriarchy in crisis -coming of age & loss of innocence -constructing/deconstructing the family (nuclear/national) -sacred trusts & responsibility
-burial as metaphor (truth, past, history, memory) -road/buddy movie -truth vs. lies -self-destruction/victimhood
-ethics of murder/suicide
All of your responses should take into account not only the films use of narrative & character, but also film language: ie. Camera work, lighting, editing, costume, music, sound effects, and anything else that you notice in the way of cinematic techniques. You are not expected to provide a sophisticated film analysis, but you should be thinking about and including in your discussion those obvious elements of film technique that enhance the film’s narrative and message.
You are not required to do research, but you should incorporate information from the course materials. If you do decide to use outside additional resources, you must include a bibliography with your essay. Also, if you quote directly from a source (including the course readings, interviews or lectures), you must cite it correctly. If you’re not sure of proper citation form, consult a style guide (MLHA, Harvard, Chicago Style all of which are available online.)
Make sure you use a spell-checker and grammar-checker, and proof-read your assignment carefully before submitting. If your tutorial leader has difficulty reading your paper, due to poor spelling or grammar, or sloppy writing and form, it ultimately will affect your grade.