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Movie Bandit Queen Shekhar Kapurs Essay

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Devi's life is shown as sadly representative of many women's in India of lower castes. She is forced to marry as a child to a man she does not love, because her parents cannot afford to feed her. Her husband beats and humiliates her. Devi's abduction by bandits is portrayed as a relief, rather than penance for the young woman.

After Devi is abducted in the film, her anger against men is so intense; she physically lashes out even at her lover. However, eventually she finds a sense of friendship and fellowship amongst the bandits. The film explains Devi's criminality as a product of her oppression due to her caste and her gender. It turns her life into an instructive parable for the reader as to what can happen when the marginalized people of the world have no voice. "The press is fascinated by her boldness, by the way she disguises herself as a policeman, by her practice of befriending young girls and interrupting the weddings of children" (Ebert 1994).

However, although the film may be artistically powerful and be motivated by good intentions, the fact that it is about a living person raises additional ethical questions that might not be raised by Shakespeare's appropriation of Macbeth and Richard III, or even Oliver Stone's lose historical interpretation of the assassination of John F. Kennedy in JFK. An artistic work can transform a living person's reputation and life in a manner that has a real, material impact, as in the case of Devi's assassination.

Ultimately, in a free society there is a limit to how much a causal connection between art and action can be punished. The would-be assassin of Ronald Reagan was obsessed with the film Taxi Driver, a great classic of modern cinema, and wanted to impress one of the actresses in the film, Jodie Foster, with his murderous intentions. The assassin of John Lennon was obsessed with the book the Catcher in the Rye. Merely because a disturbed individual misinterprets a work of art does not justify censorship. If an artist were held morally and ethically responsible for every action that could be linked to his or her work of art, art would not exist.

This may seem harshly insensitive to someone who feels that a loved one has been harmed, due to the effects of a work of art. But a free society must tolerate the…… [Read More]

Egbert, Roger. Review of the Bandit Queen. The Chicago-Sun Times. July 14, 1995.

January 18, 2011.
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Movie Real Women Have Essay

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Surprises are definitely not this film's strongpoint and whoever enjoys them might want to look away. Nonetheless, the acting and the story together compensate for the lack of tension and shock.

The movie shows how people are trapped because of their belonging to a particular group. Because of the insecurities they feel, individuals are unable to discover themselves and are thus likely to spend their whole lives feeling sorry for what they are. It takes only a small time for Ana to mature and realize that there is nothing wrong with her, whereas it is almost impossible for her mother to escape the prejudice she was taught during her lifetime. Even when she is presented with the opportunity of enjoying herself, Carmen prefers to leave her daughter and the rest of the factory workers.

While the movie follows Ana as she grows from a teenager into a woman, it also shows how her principles were unaltered by the environments she came across. Even with her strong determination, Ana is aware that she still has much to learn and is not reluctant to admit her lack of confidence when the circumstances ask for it.

Although there are several stereotypes in this movie, it is not directed at the ordinary public, who is fond of seeing happy endings the way they were accustomed to. Ana proves that she can become happy without leaving behind her particularities and embracing the life society promotes. She does not lose weight and she does not become white (in character) so as for the public to appreciate her. She nevertheless succeeds in getting the public positive reception with the fact that she loves what she is and is not embarrassed of it.

Ana's mother, Carmen, is the villain in this story. However, whereas people are familiar to hating villains, this is one who is more difficult to detest. It is obvious that Carmen did not want to become the biased person she did and that the surrounding environment offered her little chances to be herself. Unlike Ana, Carmen yielded in front of the people and conditions telling her that she had no chances but to work in low-paid positions in order to survive.

Restrictions are generally fought against during this motion picture, with strong willed character Ana being unwilling to accept having to…… [Read More]

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Movie Camera Cinematic Techniques Employed Essay

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The rapid approach of the train is contrasted with slow, sensuous and lingering shots of the partially unclothed woman.

This contrast of beauty and peril speaks directly to the experience of the filmmaker himself. Among the countless experimental techniques exhibited in Vertov's film, he employs a variety of modes which suggest self-reflexivity, especially as it relates to the filmmaker's balance of beauty and peril. From the very opening scene, there is a meta-reality implied by the acknowledgement of the content itself as being cinematic in nature. That is, the opening theatre sequence in which viewers file in, an orchestra prepares and a man readies the projector seems almost to reverse the concept of opening credits by mimicking the experience of the audience itself.

Such devices are employed thereafter as a vehicle for the delivery of the film itself. Long sweeping shots capture the filmmaker himself, traversing a symbolic demonstration of modern life. As Vertov observes the lives of citizens in the various Soviet cities used for the film's gathering of imagery, he transcribes the process of creating a film to an awakening in the early outset. The images of sleeping citizens, opening factories and vistas at dawn suggest a collective morning that implies more than just the act of rising for the day. Vertov connects the experiences of morning with the presentation of the filmmaker setting out for a day of observation. The connection implies that the morning being portrayed is not necessarily a single morning on a single day of shooting but, instead, a representation of the experience of morning as it varies across the experience of different Soviet lives. This is the virtual gaze in action, presenting morning not as we might perceive to be the beginning of a linear narrative, but morning as an act daily awakneing that is highly differentiated by universal to the human experience. This corresponds with Friedberg's explanation that "the virtual gaze is not a direct perception but a received perception mediated through representation." Friedberg continues by explaining that the virtual gaze "travels in an imaginary flanerie through an imaginary elsewhere and imaginary elsewhen." (Friedberg, p. 2)

Quite so, the way that Vertov jumps rapidly from one place…… [Read More]

Friedberg, A. (1994). Window Shopping: Cinema and the Postmodern. University of California Press.
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Movie Analysis Fight Club The Essay

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They need their aggression to be released but fail to do it, as they are afraid to be judged by others. If the person is alone he will be misunderstood, but in a group of co-thinkers he maintains inner strength and becomes open. It was used by Tyler who manipulated peoples' nature in his private purposes. Tyler's phenomenon is obvious: his ideas are simple and close to people who had experienced aggression. He doesn't have any political or social program, he doesn't support any political opposition to American system: either Communists or neo-Fascists. He doesn't need it as it will limit the number of his supporters, moreover all those ideas are well-known and are well-known to be false ones. Tyler's one is new, universal and is too temptating not to be followed.

This doctrine proclaimed by Tyler has a danger for a society as it may result chaos and anarchy. A group of fanatics who have the only aim to fear everyone by terror is very dangerous. The example of international terrorism is a brilliant one to demonstrate the circumstances anarchy may cause.

The movie of course stands against Tyler, but the danger of split personality on the example of the main hero is a threat to existing social stability. The main problem is that society itself is guilty in creating this threat, proving a well know physics law about entropy (or disorder), which grows in isolated space. Is there any exit in such kind of situation? It may seem that nothing can help a person as frustration occupies his mind leaving no space for anything else. Still the author has another idea: narrator's panacea is love. Love is the only thing which can help him to survive. Love is the only thing that saves him. A strange girl named Marla, who also is disillusioned by routine life, attends the same support groups the narrator does. But different to the narrator, she has inner strength and confidence and has an opportunity to make choices, while Jack is enslaved by his alter ago embodiment in the face of Tyler Durden. If Jack had been…… [Read More]

Palahniuk, Chuck Fight Club Owl Books 2004

Rainer, Peter Pulling Punches, Article New York Magazine October 25, 1999