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Each student will write a formal paper analyzing one film from The List provided by Dr. Corbett. Please note: any student who turns in a paper about any film that is not on the list will receive an automatic a?0a for this project. There will be no opportunities to revise or rewrite this paper. No papers will be accepted past the due date/time established in class.
There will be no exceptions to the above, or the following, requirements.

I. General Requirements

A. The paper must be a MINIMUM of 6 FULL PAGES of content a The paper must be a MINIMUM of 1,800 words in length, excluding title pages, reference pages, etc. It must be double-spaced, using a font size of 12 or smaller, with margins on all sides measuring 1 inch or smaller.
Deductions WILL be taken for not meeting the word minimum, and/or for using repetition or other unnecessary verbiage simply to reach the minimum

B. The paper must include a title page with: 1) your name; 2) the number of the film as indicated on The List; 3) the name of the film; 3) the course name and section number. This title page does NOT count toward the word minimum requirement.

C. This is a FORMAL academic paper. Therefore, no use of a?1st persona will be allowed. So, instead of saying a?I think the acting was very good. . .a? you would simply write a?The acting was very good. . .a? Instead of saying a?I didnat understand why the director chose chiaroscuro lighting. . .a? you would say something like a?The directoras choice of chiaroscuro lighting is confusing. . .a?

D. Supporting your statements/arguments. Any statement you make about the film-as-text must be supported with an illustrative example. If you claim, for example, that the film employs expressionistic design, youall need to describe specific scenes wherein that design is present. If you claim that the dialogue is particularly effective (or particularly bad) you will need to cite specific lines of dialogue to support that claim.
You do NOT need to describe the film as a whole. You need only describe scenes, dialogue, design elements etc. as a means of supporting your argument

E. References/evidence from other sources. Especially for the film-as-industry and film-as-culture sections, you will likely need to do some research to successfully complete this assignment. If you use ANY information from an external source (a film review, a journal article, a text book, etc.), that information must be properly referenced, and you must provide a separate reference page: the reference page does NOT count toward the page minimum requirement.
If you are going to refer to information from the course textbook, for example, you might make a statement like, a?According to Gomery and (2006), the primary contribution of the Kuleshov Workshop was that the experiments in editing resulted in the recognition of the a?functionsa? of editing.a? Notice that (2007) refers to the year the textbook was published. You would then, on a separate a?referencesa? page, provide the full citation for the Mast text book, which would look like:
Gomery, Douglas and Parfort-Overduin, Clara. (2011) Movie History: A Survey, 2nd. New York: Routledge.

F. Validity of External Sources If you use information from other sources, those sources must be of a professional or academic nature.
Professional sources include film reviews and film industry analyses that appear newspapers, magazines (and/or the websites of those publications) and film reviews/histories that appear at websites of recognized professional news/information organizations.
Academic sources include professionally edited journals in film/media history/criticism, more generalized cultural or historical journals a and websites representing these journals/organizations.
Personal blogs, amateur film reviews and user-edited websites like Wikipedia WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
The validity and acceptability of sources will be at Dr. Corbettas discretion.

G. Viewing Conditions You should plan to watch the film a several times a in the highest resolution and on the highest quality screen possible. Keep in mind that the films on the list were designed to be viewed on large screens in theaters. Therefore, if you choose, for example, to watch an illegal download of the film on your netbook computer, you will likely not be able to experience the film the way it was intended to be viewed. In such an example, therefore, you would NOT be able to argue that the image or sound quality was weak or poor.

II. Conducting the Analysis

NOTE: the following examples (in quotation marks) are just that: examples. You would not be able to apply all of the following questions/analyses to all films. . .
. . in fact, some films on the list stand out more for their films-as-business elements as opposed to their film-as-art or film-as-culture aspects. Other films will stand out more for their film-as-culture aspects, etc.

Introduction a The paper must have a formal Introduction a consisting of at least 1 full paragraph, or approximately A? page of content. The Introduction must identify the film, the director and its year of release. The Introduction should also state the central argument of the paper.
NOTE: As a formal analysis paper, you are NOT arguing that the film is a?bada? or a?good.a? Instead you will likely argue its strengths or weaknesses relative to one or more of the a?3 ways to look at filma? as outlined below. For example, depending on the film, you might argue something like
a?. . .despite the fact that the film is remembered as a raucous screwball comedy, it also clearly reflects the changing cultural value systems of the time it was made. . .a?
--This argument involves film-as-art (raucous screwball comedy) and film-as-culture.
a?. . .despite the controversy surrounding the film in terms of its sexual content, the technical quality of the film reflects its low budget, in turn reflecting its status as an a?independent filma?. . .
--This argument involves film-as-art and film-as-business.
a?. . .the film is a clear example of the fragmented Hollywood studio system desperately targeting the changing tastes of the growing population of newly-named a?teenagersa?. . .
--This argument involves film-as-industry and film-as-culture.

A. Film-as-Art a Approximately 1-2 pages of the content of the paper should be dedicated to the analysis of the important/noteworthy textual aspects of the film (i.e. a?the sandwich stuffa?). Questions you should consider when conducting this portion of the paper might include:
--Does the film represent/reflect one or more art/film movements discussed in class and/or the text?: For example, does it employ expressionistic design, montage editing, unique or innovative camera movement in general, etc.? NOTE: even if the film is NOT stylistically unique, you should discuss this. For example, if the film adheres to the a?invisible techniquea approach of the Classical Hollywood Style, you should discuss this.
--Does the film reflect the characteristics of a certain genre? If so, how distinctly? Does it combine or a?benda genres?
--Is there anything remarkable about the narrative content (other than the style): unique story structure, innovative characters or dialogue, controversial subject matter, etc.?

B. Film-as-Industry a Approximately 1-2 pages of the content should address the economic/technological conditions of the time the film was made. For example:
--Is the film a product of the Hollywood Studio system, an independent production, something else? What were the general economic and technological conditions of the film industry at the time the film was made?
--What were the film distribution practices present at the time the film was made?: studio-dominatedsingle-screen theaters?; independent theaters/chains and drive-ins?; If the film was released after 1970, it was almost certainly meant for multiplex distribution a which is