paper on modern american film

You must write a two to three page paper based on your viewing of a modern Hollywood film. You must choose your film from the list of the

You may choose to analyze any of the following American films, released between 1961 and 1999, for your second paper. These films were selected by the American Film Institute in 1998 as among the Best 100 American Films of All Time.

All That Jazz (1979)
All The President’s Men (1976)
Amadeus (1984)
American Graffiti (1973))
The Americanization Of Emily (1964) F Annie Hall (1977))
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Atlantic City (1980)
Back To The Future (1985)
Badlands (1973)
Barefoot In The Park (1967)
Batman (1989)
Beauty And The Beast (1991)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Big (1988)
The Big Chill (1983)
The Birds (1963)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Bonnie And Clyde (1967)
Born On The Fourth Of July (1989)
Brazil (1985)
Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961)
Breaking Away (1979)
Broadcast News (1987)
Bullitt (1968)
Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969) Cabaret (1972)
Carrie (1976)
Chariots Of Fire (1981)
Children Of A Lesser God (1986)
El Cid (1961)
Cleopatra (1963)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977) The Color Purple (1985)
Coming Home (1978)

The Conversation (1974)
Cool Hand Luke (1967) Dangerous Liaisons (1988) Days Of Heaven (1978)
Days Of Wine And Roses (1962) Dead Poets Society (1989)

The Deer Hunter (1978) Deliverance (1972)
Die Hard (1988)
Dirty Harry (1971)

Do The Right Thing (1989) Dr. Strangelove (1964) Doctor Zhivago (1965) Dog Day Afternoon (1975) Driving Miss Daisy (1989) Easy Rider (1969)

The Exorcist (1973)
Fantastic Voyage (1966)
Fatal Attraction (1987)
Fiddler On The Roof (1971) Field Of Dreams (1989)
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
The French Connection (1971) From Russia With Love (1963) Funny Girl (1968)

Gandhi (1982)
Glory (1989)
Goldfinger (1964)
The Goodbye Girl (1977) Goodfellas (1990)

The Graduate (1967)
Grease (1978)
Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (1967) Hannah And Her Sisters (1986)
Hud (1963)
The Hustler (1961)
In Cold Blood (1967)
In The Heat Of The Night (1967)
It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) Judgment At Nuremberg (1961)
The Killing Fields (1984)
Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979)
The Last Emperor (1987)
The Last Picture Show (1971)

Last Tango In Paris (1973)
The Last Temptation Of Christ (1988) Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
Little Big Man (1970)
Local Hero (1983)
The Longest Day (1962)
Love Story (1970)
M*A*S*H (1970)
A Man For All Seasons (1966)
The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962) Manhattan (1979)
Mary Poppins (1964)
McCabe And Mrs. Miller (1971)
Mean Streets (1973)
Medium Cool (1969)
Melvin And Howard (1980)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Missing (1982)
Moonstruck (1987)
My Fair Lady (1964)
Nashville (1975)
Network (1976)
Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
Oliver! (1968)
On Golden Pond (1981)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) Ordinary People (1980)
Out Of Africa (1985)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
Patton (1970)
The Pink Panther (1964)
Planet Of The Apes (1968)
Platoon (1986)
The Producers (1967)
Raging Bull (1980)
Rain Man (1988)
A Raisin In The Sun (1961)
Rambling Rose (1991)
Reds (1981)
Return Of The Secaucus 7 (1980)
The Right Stuff (1983)
Risky Business (1983)
Rocky (1976)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Sex, Lies And Videotape (1989) Sophie’s Choice (1982)

The Sound Of Music (1965) Sounder (1972)
Splendor In The Grass (1961) The Sting (1973)

Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) Terms Of Endearment (1983) Thelma & Louise (1991)

To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) Tom Jones (1963)
Tootsie (1982)
Two For The Road (1967) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) The Untouchables (1987)

The Way We Were (1973)
Westside Story (1961)
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) The Wild Bunch (1969)
Witness (1985)

The first paragraph should provide an analysis of the overall narrative structure of the film. You should attempt to identify the major stages in the plot (i.e., establishment, complication, and resolution). Moreover, you should attempt to identify the importance of character and character development in this narrative. You should also note the extent to which this film conforms to any set of genre conventions. Finally, you should discuss whether the narrative is restricted or unrestricted.

The second paragraph should provide a detailed analysis of one particular scene or sequence in the film that demonstrates the contributions of various cinematic techniques (i.e., production design, lighting, camera angle and movement, editing, theme music, etc.) to the narrative of the film. In short, you should attempt to explain how these techniques contribute to the telling of the story. Be careful to choose an important scene, one that is important to the narrative or to the exposition of a character.

Your paper will be judged, in large part, on your ability to analyze the narrative of this film in terms of plot and character development. What makes the film interesting to the viewer? Why do we care about any of the characters? How does the film manage to hold the interest of the viewer until the very end? 

This paper should be no more than three double-spaced typewritten pages in length. 

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