Film Analysis Project-Help With My Essay
View the film or read the book carefully. You may want to watch a film or television program several times. Analyze the story for cultural issues and write a roughly 4- to 5-page essay analyzing the film or book and it’s treatment of the themes we’re discussing in class. You want to address which cultural themes are present, how they are handled, and if the program, film, or book depicts the cultural issues from an anthropologically sound perspective. Make sure that you use clear examples to illustrate your interpretation. Note that the focus is on the analysis.
Books that would be suitable:
- The Spirits Catch You and You Fall Down, Anne Fadiman, 1997. Farrar, Straus and Giroux
- Indian Summer, Thomas Jefferson Mayfield, 1993. Heyday Books
- Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austin, 1813
- The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin, 1969
- probably any of Le Guin’s novels (Earthsea, The Lathe of Heaven, etc.) would be acceptable… the Left Hand of Darkness is particularly good in its dealings of sex and gender, but because Le Guin’s parents were anthropologists (A.L. and Theodora Krober), her use of anthropological themes is evident in anything she wrote.
Some good films include:
- The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
- Monsoon Wedding (2002)
- My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
- Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
- The Story of the Weeping Camel (2004)
- The Saltmen of Tibet (1998)
- The Fast Runner (2002)
- Fight Club (1999)
- Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
- Walkabout (1971)
- Brooklyn (2015)
- Avatar (2009)
- The Help (2011)
The essay should be 1000-1250 words, double-spaced, with 1” margins and in a 10 or 12 size font- Times, Palatino, or Ariel are preferred, but any plain, standard fonts are acceptable. No fancy, “handwritten” looking fonts, please. Clearly identify the book or film in Chicago, APA or MLA format.