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Does the pyramus and thisbe story have any relevance to the main story, or is it simply a comical interlude?

Discuss the role of the play-within-a-play in Act V of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Does the Pyramus and Thisbe story have any relevance to the main story, or is it simply a comical interlude? What effect does the craftsmen’s production of their play have on the tone of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a whole?
What role do Theseus and Hippolyta play in A Midsummer Night’s Dream? What is the significance of the fact that they are absent from the play’s main action?
Discuss how the “love” portrayed by the four lovers is very similar to the love among teens today. Be sure to cite at least three examples.
Gender issues are significant in this drama. What differences are there in the roles and behaviors appropriate to men and women? Do these gender differences still exist today, or are they examples of outdated stereotypes?
Puck was a minor character whose presence made a big difference in the plot. How did he accomplish this? What are some ways that his presence, however brief, altered the outcome of the plot? What would have happened differently if Puck had not been in the book at all?

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Is the message different or similar?

Assignment Screenings
Screening Choices
Assassin (2015) YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3HIOgFSOfk&ab_channel=YouTubeMovies
OR Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon (2000) which was screened in class.
It can also be rented by via multiple platforms.
Seven Samurai (1954) (Kanopy) https://www.kanopy.com/en/product/118191?vp=sdsu
OR
(AAAAAMAZING FILM)
OR Hero (2002) which can be rented via multiple venues such as Amazon, YouTube and so on.
Here are some clips from the movie via YouTube.
Clips Hero 1-11 are available on You Tube



Instructions:
Please reference at least one of the films you have seen in the Warrior Section of our class so far.
In your textbook, pages 47-65, author William V Constanzo discusses three types of heroes:
“Men with Guns”; “Men with Swords” and “Enchanted Swords”.
The idea is to think about the films you have seen and look beneath the surface of the genre to determine what is being messaged. Is the message different or similar?
Discussion Assignment:
Compare any two of films that are discussed in these pages. You might want a classic western in your discussion, for example. The films you elect to compare can be in one category or in two different categories.
a) You can compare the Classic Western film’s elements to the Samurai or Wuxia film. b) You can also compare two Samurai films or two Wuxia films or c) lastly, one Samurai against one Wuxia film. The reading will help enormously in providing you with a baseline.
The idea is to think about the films you have seen and look beneath the surface of the genre to determine what is being messaged. Are the messages different or similar?
Assignment Prompt Part 1: Identify two elements to discuss that are different or similar in the two films you have selected. (2 points) This can be in point form.
Examples: You might discuss how the hero was created dramatically and cinematically. You might discuss the moral dilemma the heroes faced. Alternatively, the element you choose could be socio-political pressures that weighed on each hero and how they were similar of different? Maybe, you identify the central conflict as the “individual versus the collective” or explore another conflict.
Once you have clearly identified the two elements you would like to discuss, turn to the second part of the prompt.
Assignment Prompt Part 2: Here you will provide detail on the two elements you have chosen in terms of what their similarities or differences mean in terms of the message of the film against the individual character and/or the socio-political context of the film. (3 points). This can also be in point form.
Assignment Headings and Delivery
Please label your response with the headings “Part 1” and “Part 2”.
Delivery: Please submit your responses in the Canvas assignment portal for grading and also so it is visible to the class below.
Please double check that your work also appears in the grading portal (Should happen automatically.)

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What social, cultural, political, or historical issues are brought into focus in the films and how?

Write a 700 to 800-word response that critically reflects on this week’s film and at least one reading from the week. Relate the film and reading and connect them to the broader themes of the course. Your response should demonstrate your understanding of both the film and the reading. Do not simply summarize the film. You must use proper citations for all sources in your response. Below are some questions to serve as prompts for reflection. You do not have to address all of these questions in your response.
What are the central arguments made by the films and/or the texts and how do they relate to each other?
What social, cultural, political, or historical issues are brought into focus in the films and how?
What themes emerge from the films or texts and how do they relate to the broader themes of the class?
How do you personally connect to these themes or issues and how do the films and readings help you understand them in new ways?
Describe the film language in technical terms and discuss how it frames the film’s main themes.
Film: L’image manquante/The Missing Picture (Rithy Panh, 2013, 92m)
Readings: World Cinema, Ch. 1: What is world cinema; The Cinema of Rithy Panh, Introduction, Leslie Barnes and Joseph Mai; The Cinema of Rithy Panh, Ch. 13: Memory Translation, David LaRocca
Notes/Lecture: The Missing Picture analysis
https://www.kanopy.com/en/product/251277?vp=buffalo

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Upon completion of this assignment, you should be able to:

Introduction and Alignment
Over the span of your life, you have most likely observed an enormous number of films. No doubt you have numerous favorites. Think of one that comes to your mind as a favorite at this time.
Upon completion of this assignment, you should be able to:
Analyze and critique a film.
Demonstrate your understanding of the principles of film analysis.
Resources
All resources pertaining to this course.
Assignment Instructions
During the past five sessions, you have learned the techniques of American filmmaking, classical Hollywood style, and film criticism. Think about what you have learned from the analysis of each of the six films you watched for this course. Please use PowerPoint, Google Slides, Piktochart, or another slide format to prepare a slide presentation with the following information. Your presentation should include at least 8 slides, including a Title slide and References slide.
Information to include:
How can you put the skills of analysis, criticism, or the creative process, in general, to use in your everyday life?
Comment on how films have changed and how society is affected by these changes.
Tell us which American movie is your personal favorite.
Provide a brief critique and analysis of your favorite film. Remember, analysis involves identifying the elements and techniques used in the creation of the film. Critique includes an opinion of the effectiveness of the elements and techniques used.

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Reviewing the Shrek The Musical. double-spaced, writings consist of critical and

Reviewing the Shrek The Musical.
double-spaced, writings consist of critical and creative reflection on local Professional productions of plays in regard to the acting, costumes, set design, lighting design, projections, dance, other elements, and the message or societal point the play tells(if it has one). Some questions to prompt writing; What were some moments that stood out to you? (Both the good and the bad). What would you do differently? *Note that these can be Greensboro College productions, other University productions, Triad Stage, High Point Theatre, DPAC, and Livecasts such as the Metropolitan Operas, or other Regional Theatre Livecast at the Regal Cinemas are acceptable as well

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https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kTuREIEbx8zVW0sE1JMt4n5Yk6xIlJjV/view?usp=drive

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kTuREIEbx8zVW0sE1JMt4n5Yk6xIlJjV/view?usp=drive_web
o One thing from the reading that you found interesting.
o One question or thought based on the reading that can be utilized for a class discussion. This is a place for you to think about the reading, expand on or challenge the ideas presented, test your understanding, agree/disagree, note any passages or themes you want to go over, ask clarifying or provocative questions, and/or make critical connections to the everyday.

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Choose a prose piece something that’s not poetry. Create a introduction Prose p

Choose a prose piece something that’s not poetry. Create a introduction
Prose piece examples ” speeches,essays, obituary, stories, news papers, magazine, Ted talks, and podcast.
Must create a introduction.

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The movie we ended with is Pleasantville, under a category I am calling “nostalg

The movie we ended with is Pleasantville, under a category I am calling “nostalgia of nostalgia.” As you watched the film, how did it harken to concepts of nostalgia, or past readings, or other screenings of the course? Where were you seeing nostalgia represented in the film, and what do you see as the film’s ultimate interpretation/message regarding nostalgia? What category of nostalgia (family, food, etc.) would you file this film under? As you reflect on this film, what are your takeaways?

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Musical film faced a unique challenge. Musical film had to conquer two registers

Musical film faced a unique challenge. Musical film had to conquer two registers. Classical narrative film only had to work around the narrative book.
Musical film had to transform between a narrative book and musical spectacle. Producers and directors incorporated a variety of methods to effectively achieve these transitions.
Upon completion of this assignment, you should be able to:
Analyze the transition from narrative book to musical spectacle in musical comedy film from the 1930s to the 2000s.
Resources
Chapter 7 in your textbook.
Assignment Instructions
After you have completed the assigned reading, write a 2-3 page paper exploring the methods used to transition from narrative to spectacle in musical films.
Be sure to include at least four concepts with examples from the text. Outside sources are not required, but please identify any outside sources used in your research.
Music in Film vs Musical Film
Degrees of Integration
Show People and Amateurs
Space
Performers
Props
Audience
Operetta
The Freed unit
Use the grading rubric to guide your efforts and apply

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Introduction and Alignment The Western has come to symbolize American cinema. It

Introduction and Alignment
The Western has come to symbolize American cinema. Its images are instantly recognizable the world over. Anyone who lived in the real west knew it wasn’t very romantic. But thousands of dime novels and comic books fed an insatiable public with thrilling tales of the frontier.
Upon completion of this assignment, you should be able to:
Describe the elements that led to the development of the Western film.
Resources
Chapter 11 in your textbook.
The Western (54:58)
Assignment Instructions
Using PowerPoint, Google Slides , Piktochart, or another tool, create a presentation exploring the development of the Western film.
Create 8-9 slides (including a Title slide and References slide) describing the following elements and themes of Hollywood Westerns. Outside sources are not required, but please identify any outside sources used in your research.
Ensure the following points are addressed:
· Literary background (dime novels & pulp fiction)
· The Western as struggle for national identity
· Cowboy hero role in Westerns
· Female roles in Westerns
· Conflicts with Native Americans in Westerns
· Anti-heroes (frontiersmen without a new frontier) in late Westerns
· Modernization of the Western: Space, the Final Frontier