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Essay 2
due Thursday, November 16

Write about TWO subjects taken from two different sections (below).
Type about one page (1 1/2 spaces) about each subject

Help with writing a good paper

bullet1. Make sure that you discuss ONLY the MOVIE, not your own philosophy of life.
bullet2. Be careful to talk about the characters in the plots, NOT the actors!
bullet3. Brainstorm a list of ideas related to the topic you want to write about
bullet4. Look at your list and decide which ideas are important, which ones are secondary, which ones are not relevant.
bullet5. Make a new list that comprises the main ideas, starting with the one you think is the most significant, following up with the rest, in order of importance.
bullet6. Find an example or a quote from the movie to illustrate your main idea.
bullet7. Find examples or quotes to illustrate the other ideas that you are going to discuss.
bullet8. Start each paper by typing the title of the topic you chose (please don’t expect me to guess what you are writing about!)
bullet9. Create subtitles for each of your three or four paragraphs and then make sure that you write only about the subject of your subtitle in each paragraph.
bullet10. No plagiarism, i.e. do not use other people’s text(s) as is!

 

Camille Claudel
 
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Describe some positive and some negative traits of character of an artist (as shown in the movie)

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Describe society’s pressures on a (gifted) woman in the late 19th century.

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Describe the path of Camille Claudel’s life from apprentice to death as seen in the movie.

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Analyze the character and describe the artistic style of Auguste Rodin.

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Why could this film be called a "feminist" movie?

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Describe the ‘industrial revolution’ of the end of the 19th century and name some examples of it visible in the movie.

Café au lait

bulletCharacterize Lola and her background.
bulletCharacterize Felix and his family
bulletCharacterize Jamal and his background
bulletDiscuss the comic elements in the movie.
bulletWhat’s a ‘ménage à trois’? Describe the particular characteristics of this ‘ménage à trois’ ?
bulletWhich character in the movie is the most mature? Explain
bulletWhat is the ‘message’ of the movie?
bulletDiscuss several characteristics of this film that make it an ‘author film’ (film d’auteur).

 

Hate

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The film shows the many types of hatred (and violence) that plague French (and our) society. Discuss those that you saw illustrated in the movie.

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The title of the movie is not "Violence" but "Hate". Why?

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The police is shown under several different aspects. Which ones ?

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An old Jewish man tells the story of his deportation by train to Siberia. Why is that sequence included in the movie? What is his 'point'?

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The film has a ‘Leitmotiv’, a central idea that is repeated several times: "Up to this point everything is o.k. The problem is the landing." Explain the meaning the director tries to convey.

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Why did this movie receive the Best Director’s Award at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival?

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Why was it shot in black and white?

Comparisons

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You saw Kassovitz' first movie and the one that made him famous. Explain his style and analyze what his main interests are (what pushes him to make a movie).

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Analyze and compare two female characters: Camille (in 'Camille Claudel') and Lola (in 'Café au lait")

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Compare the structural similarities between "Café au lait" and "Hate"

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Put yourself in the directors' frame of mind. Why, do you think, did each director choose to make his film?

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"Café au lait" and "Hate" are films d'auteur. "Camille Claudel" is not. What is an "author film"?

 

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