Assignment Details 202170-GCAN-138-SMP-MM-VC-15196 You are to write a critical analysis of a film. Select a suggested topic from below, or develop an original proposal for a film that you would like to examine more closely. Your focus should be on how the themes of the film are represented not only by the narrative storytelling and characterizations, but also through the unique qualities of cinema as the selected medium for telling the particular story of the film. Be sure to consider the elements of cinema that we have been studying this semester, including: (1) cinematographic elements of shot composition, camera angles, camera movement, color and contrast; (2) aspects of the mise-en-scène, such as sets and locations, props, costumes and makeup, actor performances, special effects; (3) types of edits and the way shots are juxtaposed in a specific scene or sequence; and (4) the use of sound in the film from the musical scoring to realistic and invented sound effects and the nature of character dialogue, as well as any voice-over used in the film. MODERN TIMES (Chaplin, 1936, 89-mins): How does Chaplin’s use of sound commemorate the film as his final “silent” film while commenting on the potential perils of industrial progress? RASHOMON (Kurosawa, 1950, 88-mins): Consider the film’s question of Truth –how are we guided among conflicting testimony, and what are we left to believe? • WILD STRAWBERRIES (Bergman, 1957, 91- mins): Compare the film’s dream sequence to Maya Deren’s “Meshes of the Afternoon” (1943) — how does each director reveal a particular vision about the power of the unconscious and the human psyche? 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (Kubrick, 1968, 164- mins): Compare Kubrick’s depiction of the future with Lucas’ in the latter’s student short film “THX1138:4EB.” How is technology viewed in relation to the human condition, especially as technical works of cinematic art? CABARET (Fosse, 1972, 124-mins): How do the musical numbers convey the gradual dissolution of open German society with the rise of oppressive Nazi rule? CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (Spielberg, 1977, 135-mins): Consider the film as cinematic revelation — what Truth is conveved to humanitv?