Film Movements: Reflections, Challenges, and Socio-Political Impacts.
The Final Paper involves the critical development of an interpretive argument and demonstrates a substantial engagement with course “texts.” This is a traditional analytical paper. Please see below for the paper topic.
Paper Topic
Over the course of the semester, our class has explored film history at the intersections of technology, business, socio-politics and art. We surveyed many films that spoke to cinema’s various registers of thought, analysis and artistic value. The final paper asks you to consider how these various natures of cinema have mattered and what impact they have made on society as a result.
1. Throughout our course, we discussed film not only in the context of its technological innovations, but also in its power as a socio-political medium, both influenced by and influencing social and historical forces at every turn. For your final paper, select three movements of film history: German Expressionism, Soviet Montage, and Hollywood Cinema . For each movement, detail the social history of each, describe its technical and artistic considerations, and analyze two films that belong to each movement noting how they are representative of the movement and how they highlight the movement’s impact on the socio-political realm. Your task will be to weave together advancements in technological, historical and social forces to articulate how these film movements reflected and challenged their times socially, politically and artistically.

The films related to German Expressionism: 1- “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (1920) 2- “Metropolis” (1927)
The films related to Soviet Montage: 1-“Battleship Potemkin” (1925) 2- “Man with a Movie Camera” (1929)
The films related to Hollywood Cinema: 1-“Citizen Kane” (1941) 2- “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967)
Paper Specifications
The FINAL COPY of your Final Paper will be submitted electronically via google classroom. Please note that google classroom will automatically timestamp your paper, run it through an anti-plagiarism software and also a chatGPT detector. If the paper is late, you run the risk of having points deducted. If the paper includes plagiarism, you run the risk of being assigned a zero for the assignment. If you encounter any challenges in submitting your paper, please be in contact with me as soon as you become aware of them. This will allow us to trouble shoot any potential issues in due time. The paper should conform to the following specifications: 8-10 pages, double-spaced, 1 inch margins, 12 pt font, Times New Roman, Chicago, MLA OR APA Citations, but NOT all three).

Evaluation Criteria:

The paper is coherent, well organized and answers the prompt thoroughly: 5 points

The paper is compelling, offering evidence of critical thinking and insight, deep engagement with the readings, films and other “texts,” as well as mastery over course concepts, theory, history and themes: 15 points

The paper integrates analytical examples (quotes, paraphrasing, etc.) from films, course readings, viewings and/or lectures: 15 points

The paper is submitted on time and adheres to technical guidelines: 8-10 pages, double-spaced, 12 pt font, Times New Roman, 1’’ margins, appropriate citations: 5 points