The elements of mise-en-scène

As we have seen throughout the semester, important information is communicated about a character – or what we might refer to as his/her personality – through the elements of mise-en-scène. In this sense, mise-en-scène can be thought of as a kind of collage that is...

Engaging Cinema

  In the introduction to his text, Engaging Cinema, Bill Nichols tells us that “Because of its indirect or metaphorical qualities, the cinema prompts reflection. Films get us thinking about their thematic concerns, about what kind of comment they are making about...

The protagonists and/or antagonists in these films

      Explains the cultural significance (i.e. the message) of at least three of the films we’ve screened, as well as what you have personally learned from the protagonists and/or antagonists in these films. (This combined response should be between 2 –...

Theory Goes to the Movies

  In the introduction to Film Theory Goes to the Movies, co-editors Jim Collins, Hilary Radner and Ava Preacher Collins make the following observation regarding the treatment of film in contemporary culture: The analysis of contemporary movies has, for the most...

Storytelling & Mythmaking

    Personal essay: In the introduction to his book, Storytelling & Mythmaking: Images from Film and Literature, Frank McConnell explains: You are the hero of your own life-story. The kind of story you want to tell yourself about yourself has a lot to do...