movie research and writing

1. The first paper is the film criticism essay, based in large part on the Corrigan text, in which you will write with some depth on a film or films we screen in class or outside. Minimum 7-8 pages.

1. You need to read the Corrigan text to p. 85, Chapter 3, which ends with the sample essay on John Ford’s The Searchers (1956), an excellent example you can follow with your own topic. Reading through Chapter 5 to page 130 is also important and I urge you to do so because it will help ensure your paper is of a high grade.  The rest of the book is devoted to the second paper, research, and you can begin that after you finish the first paper.

This is not difficult reading and I considered many books before choosing this one.  I have an older hardcover copy of this text but the latest edition finally meets the best requirements for writing film papers.

2.  You don’t have to research sources other than providing me with informational source for the film(s) you use, such as, that clarifies the credits and other facts for the film.  You may write about one film we’ve seen in class or on the outside viewing list, which I’m going to place on BB today.  You can also make a comparison between two films with a central statement or thesis that you can support with good, accurate evidence.  For example, a comparison between two Pre-Code films such as Baby Face and Red-Headed Woman.  What’s the difference in the resolution between the two films and why do you think that occurred.  Coincidence?  Censorship?  A feminist viewpoint that informed one film more than the other?