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Film Techniques and Analysis Semester Two Syllabus, 2010
  • course description, dates and requirements

  • suggestions and style recommendations when about "wrting films" as a critic

Film Techniques terms
  • UNDERSTANDING MOVIES terminology in brief

Un Chien Andalou film review
  • Bunuel and Dali slash the conventions of traditional cinema

The Exorcist film review
  • scariest film ever is also extremely well crafted

Rosemary's Baby film review
  • a formulistic/realistic trip with genuine scares and frights

Days of Heaven film review
  • an essential film in the canon of great movies

Freaks film review
  • still relevant (and frightening) after more than 70 years

Psycho film review
  • the mother of all horror films from the master of suspense

The Godfather film review
  • the greatest film ever made? or, the only film to be surpassed by its sequal

parlor scene in Psycho explaining mise en scene
  • shot by shot explanation of how Hitchcock used elaborate shots and angles to help develop "psychology" of Norman Bates

Children of Men film review
  • kinetics...visuals...story...our future?...

Last of the Mohicans film review
  • aesthetically pleasing 1757 perspective of American landscape via the contemporary vision of director Michael Mann (HEAT, ALI, MIAMI VICE)

Amores Perros film review
  • academy award winning, controversial film about dog fighting, fractured lives and connected stories in Mexico City

Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography
  • clips and conversation aplenty

Annie Hall film review
  • Welcome to Manhattan--according to Woody Allen

John Cazale bio
  • six degrees with Pacino and DeNiro: godfather, godfather II, conversation, dog day afternoon, deer hunter

Dog Day Afternoon film review
  • what should have been an easy bank robbery on a sunny afternoon in 1972, turned into a media circus

Casablanca film review
  • "here's looking at you, kid!"

Fanny and Alexander film review
  • part fairy tale, part fantasy, part memoir, pure Bergman

The War Room film review
  • Clinton, Carville and Stephanoupolis wacky, unpredictable road to the White House

Night and Fog film review
  • a once banned film lives on due to its brutal honesty

Halloween film review

  • for better or worse...the film credited with creating the slasher genre

On the Waterfront film review
  • ideology and great acting combine to make one of Hollywood's greatest achievements

Citizen Kane film review
  • best film ever? or simply the best film to show as a conclusion to a film techniques class?

The Lady from Shanghai and film noir
  • a comprehensive study of film noir and its use in Welles' "The Lady from Shanghai"

Dystopia in Film
  • a brief explanation and listing of many dystopian themed films

Un Chien Andalou study guide
  • in-class study guide for the viewing of the film "Un Chien Andalou"

Days of Heaven study guide
  • in-class study guide for the viewing of the film "Days of Heaven"

Exorcist study guide
  • in-class study guide for the viewing of the film "The Exorcist"

Fanny and Alexander study guide
  • in-class study guide for the viewing of the film "Fanny and Alexander"

Psycho study guide
  • in-class study guide for the viewing of the film "Psycho"

The Godfather study guide
  • in-class study guide for the viewing of the film "The Godfather"

Visions of Light study guide
  • in-class study guide for the viewing of the film "Visions of Light"

Chapter One: Photography study guide
  • key terms and concepts regarding "photography"

Chapter Two: Mise en Scene study guide
  • key terms and concepts regarding "mise en scene"

Chapter Three: Movement
  • key terms and concepts regarding "movement"

Chapter Four: Editing
  • key terms and concepts regarding "editing"

Chapter Five: Sound
  • key terms and concepts regarding "editing"

Chapter Six: Acting
  • key terms and concepts regarding "acting"

Chapters Seven and Eight: Drama and Story
  • key terms and concepts regarding "drama" and "story"

Chapter Nine: Writing
  • key terms and concepts regarding "writing"

Chapter Ten: Ideology
  • key terms and concepts regarding "ideology"

Chapter Ten In-class Study Guide
  • "ideology" in-class study guide to assist with viewing

Chapter Eleven: Critique
  • key terms and concepts regarding "critique"

Chapter Twelve: Synthesis
  • key terms and concepts regarding "synthesis"

THE WAR GAME film review
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  • film review of Peter Watkins' THE WAR GAME

  • Suggestions on writing about films
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  • guide to successfully writing about film