Time and History

Time and History

Order Description

Movie Review Paper,

The purpose of this paper is to rigorously analyze, one or more of the four films we have viewed to begin the course. Papers should provide a critical evaluation of the themes, formal strategies, and styles of the films under consideration, and consist of close readings of the films you select. Refer to specific examples from the films, and discuss in detail the relationship between formal structure (composition, lighting, camera angles and movement, editing strategies, and so on) and thematic content. You may rely on your notes, but your paper will be stronger if you review the films again.

2) In writing your paper, draw from lectures, your notes, and outside research materials including essays from the course reader and other critical sources. These are research papers and should not consist solely of opinions or responses, but of arguments. (NOTE: be careful when using internet sources, they are not always reliable or accurate.) You are free to draw upon as many sources as possible, but you must properly cite and footnote all sources fully. Failure to do so amounts to plagiarism and will result in a failing grade.

3) Write clearly and concisely: you must proofread your essays. Grading will take into account the strength of your argument, your use of examples from the films and citations from your research, but also the quality of your writing. Ungrammatical sentences, misspelled words, and poorly articulated sentences will result in lower marks.

Time and History. How is history constructed, narrated, and represented in one of the films we have seen so far? What is the relation between “history” and “time,” between objective, public, “historical” events on the one hand; and subjective, often private, personal experiences on the other? How do the films establish a relation between the movement of history and the passage of time? Select one film and consider the way in which time and history are rendered.