In this 4-part discussion, you will (1) view a self-selected film, (2) compose a 3-paragraph original post; (3) reply to two classmates’ original posts; and (4) reflect on the film review experience.
1. Review the materials above; then select a film of your own choosing. Before your view the film, you must find, read, and cite AT LEAST ONE research source beyond your textbook about the film (try google scholar or the SPC Library). If you cannot find a single research source or independent review of the film to use as a reference with citations, then you must select another film. In other words, the film must be one that has been written about. If it is a brand new film, check with your instructor first.
Your selection can be a full length feature film or a documentary. It must be at least 30 minutes in length. Be sure to watch the film immediately before writing this essay. Do not rely on your memory of a film you have previously seen. If you do, it will be obvious because this review requires close examination of the technical aspects of film.
2. After finding and reading a research source for integration in your essay (and carefully viewing the film), proceed to the Chapter 9 Critical Response Discussion forum, and write a new thread using the following instructions:
In the FIRST paragraph (at least 150 words):
- What is the title of your selected film?
- Who is the director and what year was it released?
- Is it considered a “classic”?
- Identify any technical features of the film.
- What is the genre of the film (e.g. western, romantic comedy, film noir, documentary, etc.)?
In the SECOND paragraph (at least 150 words):
- Summarize the main plot and/or conflict in the film. Be sure to identify the main character(s) here.
- Using the themes and concepts noted in Section 9.7 in your textbook (in the section A Word on Critical Viewing), identify at least three of these themes and explain how they apply to your selected film.
- Indicate any “social issue,” if any, that is addressed in the film.
- Identify at least one “camera technique” or “use of sound” in the film, and explain how it affects the viewer.
In the THIRD paragraph (at least 150 words):
- Evaluate its “craft.” Is this a good example of this type of art? Is it well presented? What are its points of value? Does it have a message? Did we learn something from the characters and/or theme of this film? In what ways did the film resemble literature, theater, or art?
- What types of reviews did this film receive based on your research of other reviews or scholarly commentaries?
- In the end, what type of aesthetic experience did you have? Was it mostly an Apollonian or Dionysian experience?
- Would you recommend this work of art to others? If so (or not), why?