FILM ON GOING PROJECT TOPIC

Write 1 paragraph (about 150-200 words) describing your topic, including the films you analyse, and positing a potential hypothesis that suggests what your essay’s main argument might be.

  • Select ONE topic from the ESSAY TOPICS section below. 
  • Select the film or films about which you wish to write on that topic.
    • ***YOUR TUTORIAL LEADER MUST APPROVE ALL FILMS BEFORE YOU BEGIN WRITING YOUR ESSAY***
    • The “compare and contrast” essay format with two different films is a tried and true way to explore a topic, but you are free to organize your essay as you wish.
  • You are advised to choose a significant scene or sequence from EACH film to analyze.

Essay topics

DUE IN TUTORIAL 5 MARCH:

Write a film analysis essay on one of the topics below.

  • You are encouraged to write about films that we have seen – or will see – in class. you may write on a film (or television episode) not seen in class.
  • You must quote from at least two textual research sources in your essay (not essays read for class).
  • All essays must address how style and form construct your film(s)’ meaning.

1. The Attraction. Discuss the similarities and differences between the early cinema of attractions and contemporary spectacle films with reference to Tom Gunning’s article. Compare and contrast an early film (made before 1915) and a contemporary film. Pay attention especially to the role of the narrative, mise-en-scène, cinematography, and editing.

2. Eisenstein & Montage. Examine Eisenstein’s arguments about aesthetic form and montage in “The Dramaturgy of Film Form.” Eisenstein proposes that spectators’ ideas and emotions can be powerfully affected by film form. Chose 1-2 examples of film, television, or other media forms (e.g., advertisements, video games, etc.) that can productively be analysed using Eisenstein’s theory. What political or social values are expressed in the examples you consider?