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  • Historical Accuracy In Films - 1,844 words
    Historically accurate movies that are also captivating have an immense burden to meet. To capture the essence of the time through a personal story that captivates movie executives who regularly make movies with Steven Seagall and Bruce Willis seems an almost insurmountable task. But difficulties in sales aside, there are two crucial elements for movies about history to be the most effective they can be. These elements are historical accuracy in a personal story, and a sense of hope. Historical accuracy does not mean trying to encompass everything that happened in a particular time period. Rather, it requires a story that highlights key elements of the period involved while containing nothing ...
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  • Violence In Films - 517 words
    What place does violence have in the movies? Well, I believe that violence has a place in movies depending on the particular film and what the director of the film is trying to portray. If the director uses violence in his/her film and there isn't any reason behind it, then I would disagree and say that violence shouldn't be in THAT particular film. But in a movie like "Saving Private Ryan", Steven Spielburg replicates the actual events of D-Day on to the big screen by creating a violent-like scene to get the viewer of an understanding of what U.S. troops had to go through. In other films, we see violence used to test the human soul and to see if he/she/they could overcome trials and tribula ...
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  • Snuff Films - 1,271 words
    Also known as "white heat" films and "the real thing," the snuff film myth lives on like Bigfoot, despite the fact that no law enforcement agency in America has publicly admitted to ever locating one. Alan Sears, former executive director of the Attorney General's commission on pornography during 1985-86, agrees with the more than two dozen law enforcement agencies I interviewed. "Our experience was that we could not find any such thing as a commercially produced snuff film," says Sears. "Our commission was all-inclusive and exhaustive. If snuff films were available, we'd have found them." This sentiment is echoed by Ken Lanning, a cult expert at the FBI training academy at Quantico, Virgini ...
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  • Snuff Films - 1,309 words
    ... s are mirrored by noted women's rights attorney, anti-pornography activist and University of Michigan law professor Catherine MacKinnon, who is researching the subject. "My opinion is completely to the contrary to the FBI's. I know snuff films exist. These so-called official people don't enjoy a lot of trust. In many cases they've got one public line, while they move in another direction." Asked to substantiate her claims, she replies, "To divulge anything would jeopardise my own investigation. But believe me, they're out there." The video age, in which movies can be produced instantly and cheaply at home, has opened up a vast home-movie market and the possibility that snuff could be pro ...
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  • Gender In Horror Films Carrie, Alien And Amityville Horror - 2,093 words
    The representation of gender in horror films varies from director to director, writer to writer. However certain characteristics of gender representation do, at times follow a certain theme. Whilst studying the evolution of horror films it struck me that in some cases the film, while appearing to differ only ever so slightly from the novel upon which it was based, would create images onscreen that would imply things that the novel had never done. Through the tiny differences between novel and film is where insight is to be gained about the audience to which the film is aimed and also about the directors perspective on the novel itself. In Brian De Palmas production on Carrie I will analyze t ...
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  • Gender In Horror Films Carrie, Alien And Amityville Horror - 2,066 words
    ... e escaped from, however, what is most interesting here and indeed unexpected is that while the novel by King provides no other maternal roles in the novel instead focusing primarily on Carrie and her mother, De Palma adds a mother for Sue and even creates a scene whereby the two mothers meet and Carries mothers extreme religious fanaticism is demonstrated more clearly against the backdrop of a normal home with a normal mother who after politely attempting to get rid of Carries mother eventually makes a donation in an attempt to be free of her manic religious sermons. There are no father figures in the novel except for that of Chris, which interestingly is omitted from the film. In the no ...
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  • How The Nazis Are Portrayed In Films - 1,138 words
    The Nazi Party has been filmed and chronicled since its creation and since the defeat of fascism in the Second World War; the Nazis have been portrayed in many different films and remain today a subject of criticism. The Nazis instigated a program of genocide against the Jews, Slavs and many other groups such as gypsies and homosexuals as well as removing, imprisoning and executing German opposition to their policies. Since the defeat of the Nazis, Western cinema, upholding the rights of the individual and freedom of speech, has used Nazism as its adversary. The following four scenes from films all show the Nazis in a different way: TRIUMPH DES WILLENS - This monochrome film was made for the ...
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  • How The Nazis Are Portrayed In Films - 1,155 words
    ... y, there is the viewpoint of an old Jewish man, who does not sing, but remains in his chair looking distraught and angry, hopelessly outnumbered in his stance. The pseudo-traditional German folk song (composed by John Kander and Fred Ebb for the film) continues, more and more instruments join in and the tempo picks up. Naturally this has an effect on our two characters who leave soon after and return to their car. By which time, the music has reached a massive crescendo. Max turns to Brian and says, You think you can control them? This refers to Brians earlier point about Nazism blowing over in a few months and how fanatic the country folk are towards Hitler. Fosse wanted to parody the N ...
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  • Politics In Films: "house Of Cards" And "reds" - 1,027 words
    The two films House of Cards and Reds give us two very broad while detailed views into two very different political worlds; one showing the drive and motivation one must have to step up British party ranks to become Prime Minister, and the other showing the dedication and perseverance one must exhibit to start a new party in efforts against an inevitable war. Through the films we see two very distinct forms of politics that make and shape the different stories and characters. House of Cards takes place in the center of London, where Francis Urquhart, a wise old politician, battles and plots his way forward in an effort to become head of the British Republican Party. In Reds we see the story ...
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  • Politics In Films: "house Of Cards" And "reds" - 1,053 words
    ... to make of it what they will. This is very different from the character of Jack Reed in Reds who is also deliberate, but straight forward too. In Reds, the background world changes a lot throughout the course of the story. The film starts out in Portland where Jack Reed and Louise meet, and we immediately see a transition in the film. Jack convinces her to go with him across the country to New York City. They travel to Greenwich Village, a small liberal neighborhood in the city where free spirits and different thinkers thrive. One of the interviewers described it by saying, Everyone was a bit of a rebel (there). This move west to east is very interesting because it represents freedom bet ...
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  • History Of Silent Films - 497 words
    "Our invention can be exploited for a certain time as a scientific curiosity, but apart from that, it has no commercial future whatsoever." - Auguste Lumire, early filmmaker who, with his brother Louis, organized the first public performance of motion pictures in December 1895 Silent films of the 1910s and 1920s were famous for the use of harsh makeup, the gradual development of lighting systems, and the use of inter-titles to show dialogue. Performers used pantomime techniques, exaggerated expressions and set props to articulate the story plots. Local actors read dialogue, and played music on a piano, phonographic equipment or a victrola that went with the films. Between 1900 and 1930, film ...
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  • High Fidelity And The Films Social Commentary - 1,503 words
    In Society today, men are bombarded with rules regarding behavior and the image of masculinity they must project. Media and pop culture display masculinity without properly defining its boundaries, creating a double standard for men which is both confusing and impossible to live up to. The confusion and doubt that such a double standard causes often has disastrous social implications. Not only does it make men miserable and self-conscious, but in addition it places a stereotype on men that is extremely difficult to overcome. It is also very common in our culture to find literature which labels men and in a negative way. An example of this is The Rules which gives women 'advice' on what to do ...
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  • Alcatraz - 878 words
    Alcatraz: United States Penitentiary As a result of the Great Depression, a new breed of violent criminals swept the streets of America. In response to the cries of alarmed citizens, Congress enacted a number of statutes, which gave the federal government jurisdiction over certain criminal offenses previously held by the states. With the suggestion of former US Attorney General, Homes Cummings, Congress agreed that a special penal institution of maximum security and minimum privilege be established. In 1934, the legendary US Penitentiary of Alcatraz was born and became the home of Americas most wanted for the next thirty years. Once authorized by Congress, the US Department of Justice acquir ...
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  • Education And Egalitarianism In America - 2,346 words
    ... s. The new methods, combined with the physical organization of the school, represented the direct opposite of Pestalozzi's belief that the child's innate powers should be allowed to develop naturally. Rather, the child must be lopped off or stretched to fit the procrustean curriculum. Subjects were graded according to difficulty, assigned to certain years, and taught by a rigid daily timetable. The amount of information that the child had absorbed through drill and memorization was determined by how much could be extracted from him by examinations. Reward or punishment came in the form of grades. At the end of the 19th century the methods of presenting information had thus been streamlin ...
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  • Mccarthyism - 1,481 words
    ... nate to sneak by, because La Follette was a popular man. His Democratic foe was to be Professor Howard McMurray. McCarty used his ability to put issues simply, among other things, to beat his opponent by nearly a 2 to 1 ratio. The Senatorial career of Joseph R. McCarthy was on its way. In his first three years as senator, McCarthy was an everyday senator. He was guided by money from lobbyists, and the most interesting of these are stints with Pepsi-Cola and the real estate-prefab home industry. At the time, sugar was strictly rationed. According to Richard Rovere in his book Senator Joe McCarthy, the Allied Molasses Company, sugar supplier for Pepsi, somehow got a hold of a million and a ...
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  • American Women During Wwii - 1,808 words
    ... during the war years for many men hoped that marriage would defer conscription to the war. This alone suggests that women's roles as wives and mothers were still dominant during the war because the nation witnessed a 25 percent rise in the population aged five and under. The popularity of marriage and the traditional gender roles that marriage carried, was exploited during the war. For example, the Office of War Information, established in the summer of 1942, worked closely with the media. President Roosevelt soon denied the OWI was being used for propaganda , yet only months after the OWI was formed, wartime propaganda began to likened women's war work to domestic chores. These trends s ...
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  • The American Indian Genocide - 1,415 words
    Textbooks and movies are still hiding the genocide of Native American Indian cultures, which began five centuries ago. There were many friendly and close relationships between early immigrant settlers and native peoples, but these were not the main current in their relations. U.S. history is destroyed by acts of genocide against native people, made worse by the deadly impact of new diseases spread by contact between new settlers and native Americans. Many aggressive attempts were made to reform the Indian peoples according to European cultural models, whether under threat of death or, later, through separation to government boarding schools. Government policies guided the destruction and con ...
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  • Andy Warhol - 1,693 words
    The pop art movement began in London during the 1950's and then quickly spread throughout nearly all of the industrialized world. Although the artists did have some overlapping styles, pop art focuses more on the subject and less on style, which was left up to each individual artist. The main themes that is evident in all pop art revolves around modern social values. The style in which these values were portrayed varied depending on the culture and artist. Critic Barbara Rose claimed in her review of a Pop Art show that Pop Art, " I wish to disagree with the assumption that pop art is an art style. It is not; these artists are linked only through their subject matter, not through stylistic s ...
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  • Gil Kane Essay - 824 words
    Eli Katz was born in Latvia on April 6, 1926. His family emigrated to New York in 1929, while he was still 3 years old. An avid reader of comics and pulps, gil broke into the comic field in 1941 as an assistant in the Jack Binder shop erasing pencils and eventually became an inker and penciler while still there Also during this time he began drawing comics for MLJ, the publishers of Archie. He drew the Scarlet Avenger for almost two years at MLJ and at the same time free-lanced at Street and Smith, Quality, Holyoke and then Timely Comics as well. He worked for Joe Simon and Jack Kirby during 1943-44, and here he said he learned many things from Kirby. Then he made a career move that would ma ...
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    Reagan, Ronald Wilson (1911- ),the 40th president of the United States (1981-1989), enforced the policies that reversed a general direction of movement toward greater government involvement in economic and social regulation. Reagan as the younger of two sons, was born in Tampico, Illinois and spent most of his childhood in Dixon, Illinois. After studying at Eureka College,a small Disciples of Christ college near Peoria, Illinois, he majored in economics, and became the president of the student body, a member of the football team, and captain of the swimming team. He had special drawings toward acting, but after the graduation in 1932 the only job available related to show business was as a l ...
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