Films as Expressions of a Society's Values Research Paper

Download this Research Paper in word format (.doc)

Note: Sample below may appear distorted but all corresponding word document files contain proper formatting

Excerpt from Research Paper:

Culture

Films as Expressions of a Society's Values

Criminals are glamorous and so are the people who follow them.

The countries to be compared are the United States and Italy.

Each American film has an Italian counterpart that is similar in premise, characters, and sometimes time period.

The films that will be referenced are: Angel of Evil (Italy) -- Blow (USA); Giallo (Italy) -- Se7en (USA); The Girl with the Pistol (Italy) -- I Shot Andy Warhol. (USA)

How is the criminal lifestyle glamorized? How is the criminal lifestyle glorified? The paper will locate and explain examples as well as counterexamples.

The comparison will elucidate which culture glorifies criminals as well as the people who follow them, such as detectives, the media, or people who are fans of their work.

Narrative & Production

A. There must be some initial exposition and/or summary of the plot of each film (brief), as well as some information regarding the context of the films.

B. There will be technical information regarding how the film was made, including the scale of the budget, the other resources used to produce the film, and any relevant information regarding the technique of filmmaking for the films

III. Close Analysis

A. There will be presentation of key themes in each film. A primary theme among all of the films is the connection among ethics, morals, and laws. There will also be presentation and analysis of the themes with specific reference to scenes that demonstrate those themes through lighting, costuming, direction, and any other film elements that work together to convey the message.

B. The analysis will pay close attention to elements such as sound, cinematography, writing, editing and more for each film as a method to communicate the messages of the film. Italian film is known for techniques of photography and editing. American films are known for special effects, direction, and violence, for example.

C. The specific comparisons in this section will depend on the director's vision and overall piece because every film has elements that work better than others. The paper aims to locate similarities and differences in production and thematically as there may be moments within each film where the film contradicts or disproves its own logic, which would make for a more intriguing analysis.

IV. What the production says about the societal values

A. The paper will identify the values of each pair of films regarding topics such as criminality and justice.

B. The paper will then identify the values of the culture.

C. Next the values of the society.

D. There should be room to speculate and understand how the films also reflect the values of the time period in each film in the country, continent, and/or the world.

E. Much of the reading and interpretation of the films will be performed in this section.

F. The films should also be discussed within the context of films from that country, during that time and overall. Readers should have a sense of where each film fits in within the culture and within the canon of film, especially as films about criminals are quite popular.

V. Conclusion

A. By reading the films semiotically, readers and viewers have insight as to what the messages of each of the films are.

B. We determine the meaning of films through close analysis of the content and production.

C. We also determine meaning from films by including an awareness of the greater contexts within which the films are made and consumed.

D. There is a reason why films about criminals are compelling and are produced by nearly every country in the world with a film industry: because criminals are glamorous and so are the people who follow them.

Introductory paragraph:

For the purposes of this paper, the values of two countries will be studied and compared through interpretation of some of each country's films. Those two countries are the United States and Italy. Both are countries with proud and well deserved reputations for producing amazing films that impact and stay with viewers long after the viewing. The values that will be compared will be with respect to the criminal lifestyle. Criminal activities are a favorite of many countries, especially the United States, where a great deal of the films and television content from this country showcases criminals, and often criminals getting away with breaking the law. Through techniques of media analysis, the paper will determine the message of a series of films that will be compared in pairs, with an American counterpart to every Italian film. The paper will unearth some of the values from each country regarding the glamorization of the criminal lifestyle, including those who pursue them such as police, the media, and fans.

Topic 2 -- Outline

Topic 2 - Love comes in many forms, a great number of which are accepted.

I. Introduction

A. The countries to be compared are the United States and Italy.

B. Each American film has an Italian counterpart that is similar in premise, characters, and sometimes time period.

C. The films that will be referenced are: Story of a Love Affair (Italy) -- Vertigo (USA);*David's Birthday (Italy) -- The Crying Game (USA);*His Secret Life (Italy) -- Death at a Funeral (USA); Malena (Italy) -- Harold & Maude. (USA)

D. What is the abnormality in each film's primary romantic relationship? How is the abnormality of the romantic relationship accepted/denied by individuals (the other characters), and by the greater society?

E. Through deconstruction and analysis, the paper will find the messages about non-normative romantic relationships and what the values of each respective culture are regarding sexuality that falls outside of the norm.

II. Close Analysis

A. There will be presentation of key themes in each film. Topics and themes across all of the films include the power of love, how love changes a person, and how love tests or gauges a person's principles. There will also be presentation and analysis of the themes with specific reference to scenes that demonstrate those themes through lighting, costuming, direction, and any other film elements that work together to convey the message.

B. The analysis will pay close attention to elements such as sound, cinematography, writing, editing and more for each film as a method to communicate the messages of the film. Italian film has a long reputation for innovative cinematography and very stylistic, often romantic filmmaking. American films are known for their superstar actors and fancy soundtracks, for example.

C. The specific comparisons in this section will depend on the director's vision and overall piece because every film has elements that work better than others. The paper aims to locate similarities and differences in production and thematically as there may be moments within each film where the film contradicts or disproves its own logic, which would make for a more intriguing analysis.

III. Reading the messages of the films through production

A. How a film is made provides a great deal of insight as to the values of the country, the director, and really of all of the crew members who came together to produce it.

B. There are strong yet emerging fields such as Media Psychology that solidly demonstrate the power of film to influence the values and perceptions of viewers, as well as to be vehicles that demonstrate the values of the production company, crew, distributor, country, culture, etc. that produced the film. This proof that films influence our values and they reflect our values at the same time.

C. The best filmmakers are those who are layering and combining many production elements together to not only construct a visual language, but also to communication densely packed messages in the form of images.

D. There will be some reference back to specific plots or scenes from the films as a way to directly connect how the techniques of production serve to communicate the messages of the films, whatever they may be. In this case, many of the messages will be concerned with love, perception, and the public vs. private.

IV. What the production says about the societal values

A. The paper will identify the values of each pair of films regarding topics such as sexuality, love, lust, attitudes, personal values, and personal risk.

B. The paper will then identify the values of the culture.

C. Next the values of the society.

D. There should be room to speculate and understand how the films also reflect the values of the time period in each film in the country, continent, and/or the world.

E. Much of the reading and interpretation of the films will be performed in this section.

F. The films should also be discussed within the context of films from that country, during that time and overall. Readers should have a sense of where each film fits in within the culture and within the canon of film, especially as films about criminals are quite popular.

V. Conclusion

A. By reading the films semiotically, readers and viewers have insight as to what the messages of each…[continue]

Cite This Research Paper:

"Films As Expressions Of A Society's Values" (2012, December 31) Retrieved December 10, 2016, from http://www.paperdue.com/essay/films-as-expressions-of-a-society-values-105488

"Films As Expressions Of A Society's Values" 31 December 2012. Web.10 December. 2016. <http://www.paperdue.com/essay/films-as-expressions-of-a-society-values-105488>

"Films As Expressions Of A Society's Values", 31 December 2012, Accessed.10 December. 2016, http://www.paperdue.com/essay/films-as-expressions-of-a-society-values-105488

Other Documents Pertaining To This Topic

  • Films as Expression of Asian

    I. Thesis -- the convention that the husband fulfills the dominant male provider role while his wife supports him in all of his endeavors, particularly domestic ones, is at the heart of the cultural value of Asian marriages. A. Asian society, as well as that of Asians in the westernized world, is male dominated. 1. There are numerous films that depict males and husbands in roles in which they are the material

  • Values in Society the Values

    The problem is that if this trend continues it will have serious consequences for the society as a whole. Many other great historical cultures have deteriorated and fallen as a result of a decline of social values and standards. We need only refer to the great Roman Empire for clear evidence of the link between a reduction of morals and standards and the demise of the culture. Historians refer to

  • Goddard s Masculin Feminin as a

    This is an apt title because of the gender inequality that the mid-1960s can be associated with, especially the depiction of either sex in films. Madeleine and her friends are depicted as socially unaware conformists who only live in the moment and don't care for the deeper meaning of life and so embrace popular culture. In contrast, Paul and Robert are seen as the opposite: nationalists, idealists, philosophers. However, as

  • Consumption Society and Culture

    Consumption, Society and Culture Cultural Industry There are two social processes which are linked with each other and provide the basis of popular culture in modern capitalist societies. These two processes are related with production and consumption of cultural goods. In the first step, the commodities are produced in the light of customers' desirable features and packaged in culturally acceptable methods. In the second step, the products are used by their respective

  • Examining a Contemporary Feature Film

    French New Wave/Auteur Theory and Tarantino Quentin Tarantino: An Auteur French New Wave cinema is a cinematic movement of the 1950s and 1960s established by French filmmakers and film critics who founded the Cahiers du Cinema that felt cinema had become too commercialized, formulaic, and unoriginal. This critical contention eventually led to the development of the auteur theory. Throughout various essays and critiques, Cahiers du Cinema critics sought to revolutionize cinema and

  • Simulacrum What Is Neither Real nor a

    Simulacrum: What is neither real nor a copy? The simulacrum subverts the common notion of what constitutes a copy vs. An authentic artifact (Camille 31). In the common, classical ordering of priorities, the 'real' is what comes first, followed by the copy. The copy affirms the real, and the worth of the real, rather than negates it. A good example of this can be seen in art forgery. The worth of

  • Mcdonald s Integrated Marketing Campaign This Paper Is

    McDonald's Integrated Marketing Campaign This paper is divided into two distinct sections. The first chapter is based on literature reviews of various scholarly works that are related to the topic of integrated marketing campaign that are also relevant to the McDonald marketing campaign that was created to celebrate the inherent democracy of the McDonald's brand. The first chapter is further divided into three parts; the first section mainly focus on advertising


Read Full Research Paper
Copyright 2016 . All Rights Reserved