. MCS 210 Global Cinema
Due Date: Wednesday, 5/25
This exam consists of three sections, and you are required to complete all three sections. In the end, you will have an exam that is around 5 plus pages double-spaced, one-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman font.
Long Essay Question:
Throughout this course we have been discussing the meanings, messages, and symbols ubiquitous in films. For this assignment,you are required to analyze one scene from the movie listed below.
Parasite (2019) Bong Joon-ho (availabl on Hulu or for rent for 3.99)
Using the concepts and discussions from this course you will do a deep dive into a cinema text. This is what we have been doing for each film we watched throughout the semester. You will describe, using detailed examples from your selected film, the main messages and themes in the film. Further, you will answer the question, how do the creators of the film use the techniques of narrative, performance, and aesthetics to deliver these messages?
Next, you will select one scene in the movie (around 5-7 minutes) that you think best represents these messages and themes and you will describe them in detail. Here, again, you will focus on the way in which the film uses narrative, performance, and aesthetics to create their desired message. What are the filmmakers trying to say and how do they try to say it?
Throughout your analysis you should also attempt to draw from at least one of the films we watched this semester for comparison. That is, what messages, and the techniques used to deliver them, are similar to another film we watched this semester? Explain in detail how there are similar film techniques, themes, or messages.
Lastly, conclude by restating the major themes of the film and connecting them to the overarching argument of the film. State whether or not this film provided you with a new insight about our current society. How? Why?
Hints: The themes of gender (masculinity), class, inequality, nationality, alienation, human nature, and violence are some of the most important themes and messages in the films I selected. Think about what these film texts have to say about them.
Be sure to clearly answer the above questions; you should be able to complete this task in around 2-3 pages). Be sure to follow the following format: double-spaced, one-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman font.
Short Essay Questions:
For your final take home exam, you will have to answer a total of two of the following questions.
1. Critical theory makes a specific argument about the profit motive quantifying cultural products including cinema texts. Describe their argument. What kind of movie text is produced according to critical theorists? How does Scorsese’s argument about Marvel movies relate to their argument? Do you agree? Why or why not? Be sure to use specific examples in your argument.
2. What is the national paradigm? In what ways is thinking about film as a national endeavor insightful and in what ways is it reductionistic? How is thinking about film transnationally a more accurate understanding of film production and reception as well as the text itself? Lastly, how does this relate to border narratives? Be sure to use specific examples in your argument.
3. Inequality, exploitation, and alienation have been reoccurring themes in many of the movie texts we have consumed. Choose two of the movies we watched in this class and describe in detail how these concepts are effectively illuminated in those films.
. MCS 210 Global Cinema