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RESPONSE ASSIGMENT #4

One page, double-spaced mock movie review of just ONE of the following aspects of Citizen Kane, once you’ve viewed the movie and read ch 12. Write in the pretend voice of a movie critic analyzing not the movie’s overall entertainment value, but how Orson Welles, the director of the film, conveyed one of the following:

-Welles’ visual design

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-The performances & Welles’ directing, of his own character and others (which stood out for you, and why?)

-The cinematography (camera shots, deep focus, use of staging, and tone/shadows)

-The story structure and how it relates to the structure you’ve been taught (does it?), which this may or may not also actually be

…Pick one. In-class students, you’ll present your review to class next week, to earn assignment credit. Online students, we will read some of your reviews in class also.

Rubric: 4-5 pts for well-written essay that uses the movie, the book, and your point of view; 2-3 pts for work submitted that is light on analysis; 

 

OBSERVATION ASSIGMENT #4

When you think of certain directors, it’s almost as if famous cinema directors each are their own brand. A “Tarantino” film as a distinct feel. A “Judd Apatow” film has its own also. And so on. The examples are endless. From past directors such as Hitchcock, to contemporaries like Spike Jonze or Kathryn Bigelow…

Pick one director. Past or present. American, or international.

One page essay…

“What makes this director distinct?”

-Your essay is the answer to that question

Rubric: 4-5 pts for well-written essay that uses the examples, the book, and your point of view; 2-3 pts for work submitted that is light on analysis;