Film analysis

+Based on the movie, analyze the movie. To help guide your learning experience and facilitate the writing process, I offer below some guidance as you view, think, and ultimately write about films in conjunction with readings, lectures, and discussions. To that end, you must cite the weekly reading and lecture in each film review. I am providing you with some possible prompts, but you are not expected to answer all of them, nor could you do so in 750 words or less! The prompts are provided to help stimulate you as you watch, think, and write about film:

1-What a Film Analysis is (And is Not) You will not be writing synopsis-style movie reviews in this class. Rather, you will be practicing your skills at film analysis, writing critical essays that evaluate different issues in twentieth-century Korea through historical cinematography. The aim of writing such analyses is to demonstrate engaged thinking about the films you watch. Like responses to textual arguments, you will be writing an articulate analysis of films. 


2-How to Write an Effective Film Analysis Think of film analysis as a series of short, well-organized paragraphs, each representing a specific part of your overall assessment. Above all, you must place the film in terms of historical context and argument. To this end, begin by organizing your thoughts about and responding to some of the following questions: (1) How does the film engage with the larger topic of domination and defiance in twentieth-century Korea in terms of subject matter? (2) Does the director accept, reject, or reframe academic interpretations about the topic? (3) Does the film offer new evidence, examine the topic from a different angle, or provide a new interpretation of the topic? How does the film narrative make you feel as a viewer? and (4) Are the director’s assumptions about history reasonable and/or persuasive to you? Why or why not?  In thinking about these questions, try to evaluate the relationships among characters, the nature of the filmmaking, and/or the effectiveness of the film as a historical medium. In this regard, you may choose to discuss some of the following questions: (1) What is the filmmaker seeking to accomplish by presenting different characters, especially in their interactions with one another? (2) How does the story of the film develop (i.e., how do the beginning, middle, and end relate to one another in creating a “narrative arc”)? (3) How do camera angles or other visual techniques contribute to what you would consider the film’s primary message? and (4) How do these cinematic techniques compare with those of textual arguments?

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