General Instructions:View a feature film made between 1970 – 2000
For each of the two papers, you will be responsible for watching a film and
write a 3 to 5 page essay in which you respond to prompts which will be
provided for each paper (this means at least 3 pages including the “My
Criteria for Quality in Film” page and no longer than 5 pages). These
assignments are reaction papers, not plot summaries or research papers. The
key element here is that you will be telling the instructor what you have to
say about the film, not what others have said.
Assignment for Film Two
Part 1: View a feature film made between 1970 – 2000 you have not seen
before (or will see later in this class) by a great director or featuring a great
actor or actress.
Just as you did in the first paper, comment on the specific film you saw.
Pay particular attention to the screenplay, camerawork (cinematography)
the editing (montage) and the sound (this can include the music). You
may also address special effects. Again, as you did in the first paper,
talk about what you like, and what you dislike, about what you saw?
Why do you like the things you like, and why do you dislike the things
you dislike? Is the film a good film, or is it not?
Part 2: Now that you have commented on the specific film you viewed,
see if you can draw some general conclusions about the work of the
director and one of the main actors or actresses. Be sure to comment on
the overall impression you had of the film, including how you see it as an
example of its genre and time period. Remember, this is not a research
paper. I am interested in what you have to say, not in what you can learn
by reading up on the film or the filmmaker.
Part 3: Go back to the “My Criteria for Quality in Film” page. Based on your
viewing of this week’s film, add Five new general conclusions. These statements
should be numbered (6) through (10). Be sure to include entire page, including all
of your previous criteria statements.
My Criteria for Quality in Film from my previous assignment.
- The movie will more than likely be good if it ends happily and in this
case, the movie ended in a confusing context that may not likely be presumed to
be a happy ending which makes the film to be halfway attaining the threshold of a
good quality movie.
- So as to ensure a film is considered by the viewers to be of good quality,
there has to be in my opinion, an entertaining plot an cast presented by the film.
The film has to make the viewer’s feel what the characters are going through be it
happiness or suffrage. More so, films are meant to be entertaining and perfectly
blended with drama.
- Excellent movies will ensure they carry with them an ending that the
viewers will always want to have a continuation or sequel of the beginning or
initial movie. Similarly, towards the end there should be something that the
viewers would not wish or imagine of, that is, there should be some form of
- Lastly, a good film blends good actor and cinematography. A poor
execution will automatically undermine the film’s quality regardless a good
storyline. In this case, Hepburn’s incorporation has been perfect all along and thus
playing his role to the best of her abilities made the film excellent. The sound,
volume, effects and the music are equally important and will need to be well
balanced for the viewers to hear the conversations of the characters.