History & evolution of motion picture studios. Major firms & leaders, economics, mergers, independents, marketing, theaters, examples (Paramount, Miramax).
This paper is an argumentative essay arguing that media violence is not the sole cause of children's violent behavior.
This paper examines the issue of capital punishment, looking at the arguments on both sides and concluding that capital punishment is the right thing to do. It lists both pro and con arguments, defeating the con arguments.
American Silent Film
Traces the growth of the American silent film from its origins to 1920. Focus on technology, music in film, influential filmmakers such as D.W. Griffith and Ceceil B. DeMille, Charles Chaplin and Mack Sennett, and films. Impact of World War I.
INTERTEXUALITY OF FILM.
Semiotic analysis of two films adapted from novels. KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN and THE NAME OF THE ROSE. Differences between novels and cinematic adaptations. Styles and methods of visualizing the written word. Mixing of film genres. Symbols of different genres. Plot. Charaters. Relationships. Theme of desire for escape.
FILM CAREER OF OSHIMA NAGISA.
Analysis of the Japanese film director's movies. Controversy over his films. Charges of obscenity. Censorship of Oshima's films. Powerful social force of film. Connectioins between sexual, political and criminal transgressions in his films. Issue of personal artistic freedom. Cites examples of his work and theories in several of his films including IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES.
HISTORY OF FILM FESTIVALS.
Role of festivals in the film industry. How they work. History and growth of film festivals. Differentiation between them with respect to niche markets, genres or constituencies. Primacy of the Cannes Film Festival. Effect of political upheavals on Cannes. Other films festivals including Venice, Berlin, New York, Toronto, Sundance, India, Cairo.
Examines origins & evolution, compared to serious news, economic aspects, examples, advertising, role of govt., network vs. local issues.
Development since 1940s, focusing on roles of women, & relationship with Latin Amer. film as reflection of society. Golden Age (through 1950s), major films & trends, stars, styles, themes & plots, heroines.