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Theater Art Term Paper

December 16, 2020
Theater Arts 7B Film Analysis Assignment  Summer #1, 2016
Begin by reading Chapter 9
1. Rent and view one of the films from the list below. You should view the film atleast twice. Take notes as you go and pause and replay scenes that youdon’t understand or that you find particularly interesting.2. Write a paper which answers the questions below.a. For minimum credit answer all the questions below. Be sure to
number your answers.b. More complete answers will receive higher scores.
3. Papers must be type written and double-spaced. No papers will be acceptedby e-mail. Maximum length: five pages.
Review Questions:
1. What is the true subject or theme of the film, and what kind ofstatement, if any, does the film make about the subject? Whichelements and which scenes contribute most to addressing the theme ofthe film?2. How do all of the separate elements of the film relate to and contributeto the theme, central purpose, or total effect?Film Elements:a. Narrative  The manner in which the story is told. What is theplot structure? Is it chronological or non-linear? Are thereflashbacks or other narrative devices and why are they used?b. Acting  the qualities of the performances. Is the acting realisticor is it mannered? Are the characters dynamic (do they change
as the film progresses)? How?c. Cinematography  The qualities of the photography and lighting.Identify specific scenes and camera shots that you thought wereparticularly interesting.d. Editing  The pace and tempo, the use of transitions and theorganization of the narrative. Identify any editing technique youthought was particularly interestinge. Art Direction and Design  Locations, sets, effects, props,costumes and make-up.3. What scenes in the film show the director’s style and how do they show
it?4. What were your personal reactions to the film? What are your personalreasons for liking or disliking the film?
Film List:
Francois Truffaut: Shoot the Piano Player (1960), Jules and Jim (1962),The Bride Wore Black (1968), Bed and Board (1970), Small Change(1976)Martin Scorsese: Alide Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974), Raging Bull(1980), Cape Fear (1991), The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006)
The Coen Brothers: Miller’s Crossing (1990), Barton Fink (1991), No
Country for Old Men (2007) Inside Llewin Davis (2013)David O. Russell: Three Kings (1999), The Fighter (2010), Silver LiningsPlaybook (2012) Joy (2015)