• April 11th, 2016

Film & Theater studies

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Answer the 2 questions for a total of 400 points – Double space – Font size 12 –
▲ If you choose to add an introduction and a conclusion to your answers, each should not exceed 3 lines.
▲ No plot! Re-telling the plot will not answer any of these questions. Your focus is the way of filming, and you will prove your claims and explain your points with a close analysis of the use and effects of precise film techniques.
▲ This course carries the Writing component. You will therefore pay particular attention to your use of grammar, vocabulary and syntax, be concise, and proofread your work very carefully.
▲ The only secondary sources allowed to support your answers are your class notes and the essays in our textbook, Film Analysis: A Norton Reader. No other sources will be accepted.

1- Narrative structure, cinematography, and sound in Citizen Kane
2½ to 3 pages max. (240 Points)
In his essay on Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941), James Naremore qualifies the film as “[…] a powerful example of film art. On a purely formal level, the picture is important for many reasons, among them its ingenious juggling of time and perspective, its carefully designed sound track, and its influential use of wide-angle, deep-focus photography” (322).

Explain each of these three “reasons,” or elements of Welles’s filmmaking, evoked by Naremore. What are these specific film strategies Welles implements and how do they contribute to the telling of the story and the development of the director’s vision and main commentary?
In other words, focusing on the narrative structure and on specific techniques of sound and cinematography, explain how Welles uses them and the particular effects and meanings they create.
Illustrate your explanations with the close analysis of 3 or 4 precise scenes.

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2- Film analysis of the opening sequence in La Haine (Hate) by Mathieu Kassovitz (1995) screened several times in class (1:10 to 7:57).
1½ to 2 pages max. (160 Points)

Kassovitz introduces his film with a very expressive way of filming that creates particular meanings and effects.

Examine and analyze the use of and effects produced by two or maximum three specific film techniques in the sequence.

Whichever film techniques you choose to concentrate on, first briefly describe their use in the scenes, and then explain the effect(s) they produce, the meaning(s) they create and convey.
Select specific techniques, not a group of film techniques. For example: lighting, tracking shot, composition, high-angle shot, music, etc (not “cinematography” or “mise-en-scène”). They can be 2 or 3 techniques used separately at different moments in the sequence, or 2 or 3 techniques used in combination to create particular meanings or effects.

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