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 The final paper will involve comparing and contrasting two films assigned in this class.

m Select two full length films screened during this course.

m Review the films at least twice, and then select at least one scene from each film that supports your thesis argument.  Consider the Mise-en-Scéne in each example.

m Length: 4-6pages, MLA style(this includesthebibliography/workscitedpage).

m Use the film terminology introduced in this course (review terms presented in bold typeface in your textbook).

m Include at least two references to scholarlysources.  Do not plagiarize.



Beloware guidelinestohelpyouwhen writingyourpaper (not necessarily to appear in this order):

mMake your thesis clear: A single sentence that formulates both your topic and your point of view toward it.  You could begin by asking a question or stating a problem.
For example you could focus on how gender is represented in each film, or how class is represented, or ethnicity, race, technology, etc.

mHave you provided a brief cultural and historical background of the film? Situating the film historically in a few sentences? This could also be done in your introductory paragraph. Considering when and where the film was made, what was the historically/culturally happening during that time? If this is an older film, how does the film resonate now?

mInclude the full name of each film, the film’s director, year it was made, country of origin and a one or two sentence synopsis of each film.


mWhen choosing a specific example from a scene, the trick is to choose a very specific focus, but make it relevant to the entire film.  What is explicitly going on?Implicitly?


mDoes each paragraph contain one main idea supported by specific examples from a shot or scene in a film and/or text? Does it move your thesis argument forward?


mHave you summarized (but not repeated) the main points of your argument?

Think about your first paragraph and thesis statement.




mDid you articulate well, using the film language/vocabulary introduced in class (see list below).







A list of some of the film vocabularyused in this class.

Camera angle and height and movement Low angle shots

High angle shots close-up medium close up

medium long shot Shot

Pacing of Edits

Parallel editing (also called cross cutting) (ex: Porter’s Life of an American fireman).


Master (or establishing) shot/ Medium shot/Closeup Cutting on action/match on action

Jump cut

180 degree rule Kuleshov effect Freeze-frame Dissolve

Fade in

Fade out




Protagonist Antagonist Round characters Flat characters Verisimilitude


Three act narrative structure



Genre Expressionism Film Noir Femme Fatale Mise-en-Scéne Cinematography

Rack focus (also called shift focus, pull focus and select focus) 3-pointlighting

Rule of thirds Freeze-frame Slow motion

The long take (realism and André Bazin) Avant-garde



Depth offield



Chapter 7:

Classical studio era 1930s–1950s Method Acting

What year was sound introduced to cinema?  Did this change actingstyles?



Chapter 8: Editing

Parallel editing (also called cross cutting) (ex: Porter’s Life of an American fireman).


Master (or establishing) shot Cutting on action/match on action 180 degree rule

Kuleshov effect Freeze-frame Dissolve

Fade in Fade out Wipe


Chapter 9: Foley ADR

Mixing Ambient sound

Use of Diegetic/non-diegeticsound



Chapter 10:

Four traditional approaches to studying Film History:

  • The aesthetic approach
  • The technological approach
  • The economic approach
  • Film as social history



When compare and contrast the two films, please use the film vocabularies that listed above.




Film list

Juno (Jason Reitman, 2007, US)

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days.  “4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile” [original title].

Annie Hall  (Woody Allen, 1977, US).

City Of God – “Cidade de Deus” [original title]

The Missing Picture –  “L’image manquante” [original title].

Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944, US)

Stagecoach (John Ford, 1939, US)

The Best Years of Our Lives (William Wyler, 1946, US)

Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, 2013)

12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013)

Breathless – À bout de souffle

Crash  (Paul Haggis, 2004)

The Hurt Locker  (Kathryn Bigelow, 2008)

The Bicycle Thieves – “Ladri di biciclette” [original title]

Tokyo Story –   “Tôkyô monogatari” [original title]

Boyhood  (Richard Linklater, 2014)



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