Assignment 2: Critical Essay (3,000 Words)

Assignment 2: Critical Essay (3,000 Words)

  • Please answer ONE of the following questions. You should make sure you draw on academic writing and close textual analysis in your essay.
  1. Using one or two films as examples, discuss the ways  in which cinematic space can be used unconventionally.
  2. Discuss the relationship between the individual and society in Caché,with reference to the use of space. You may also choose to compare and contrast this with a film or films of your choice.
  3. Discuss some of the ways in which slow cinema responds to contemporary society. You should draw attention to at least two films in your answer (these do not need to be films discussed in the module but they should have a clear relation to slow cinema).
  4. Asbjørn Grønstad has argued: “If there is a quintessential film theorist for the slow cinema aesthetic, it must surely be André Bazin.” Discuss this statement with reference to a film or films of your choice. You should draw on some of Bazin’s key writings in your essay.
  5. How are new forms of documentary challenging the conventions of the genre? You should make reference to at least two films in your answer. These can be films from outside the module.
  6. Discuss the ways in which So Prettychallenges the male gaze, with reference to both form and content.
  7. With reference to a film or films or your choice, outline some of key ways in which art cinema challenges mainstream filmmaking. In answering the question, you should draw on one or more theoretical concepts outlined in the module.

 

  • NOTE: before you submit your essay please proofread and check the following:
    • Are your references presented correctly?
    • Are films listed under Filmography and written sources only presented under Bibliography?
    • Are all film titles presented in ITALICS ONLY with the name of director and year of release in brackets (for the first mention only)?
    • Is punctuation used properly? (avoid run-on sentences)

Assessment Criteria

  • How well do you understand the institutional, national and transnational contexts of art cinema?
  • To what extent does your essay offer thoughtful analyses of the films, with reference to particular stylistic and narrative devices?
  • How well does your essay draw on and critically reflect upon specific theoretical concepts to back up your analyses of the films?
  • How well written, structured and referenced is your essay?