Screening report on films

  1. The Other Side of Hope
  2. The Insult
  3. Western

Choose two of these three films

Focus on a particular scene in each of the two films you have elected to view for this assignment.  Concentrate on the specific use of a filmic formal device: framing, shot length, camera movement, mise-en-scène, lighting, use of sound, etc. and relate it to the film’s treatment of one of the primary themes of World Cinema we have discussed this semester: mobility and stasis, the present as haunted by occluded truths in the past, or another theme you determine to be significant that we have not yet discussed.  Make a clear and compelling connection to a text we have read or another film we have watched in class in your analysis of each film. Cite these works in the text in parenthesis, by the last name of the author or director, and a page number where appropriate. For example: This film could be described as a “hysterical narrative” (Fischer, 356). Ultimately your report should conclude with a comparison between the two films you watched. Even if the films are fundamentally different in style and content, identify one point of connection or tension that they share at the level of style or theme, or one question that the two films raise through different means.

 

 

Rubric for Screening Report

A strong (A 100-90%) Screening Report accomplishes the following:

  • Identifies and carefully describes a scene from each of the two films you have chosen to write about.
  • Situates each scene within the larger context of the narrative.
  • Not only describes what is happening in each scene, but details how it is shot, with attention to formal issues. For example, it might consider how the camera moves or doesn’t, the framing, the length of the shots, or the mise-en-scene, etc. (the definitions of these terms are posted on Carmen).
  • Makes a connection to something else we have seen, discussed, or read in each case. The connection is clearly explained in each case.
  • Concludes by considering something interesting about how the two scenes compare or differ.
  • Is carefully edited and does not contain obvious grammatical or typographical errors.

A good (B 89-80%) Screening Report accomplishes the following:

  • Identifies and carefully describes a scene from each of the two films you have chosen to write about.
  • Situates each scene within the larger context of the narrative.
  • Makes a connection to something else we have seen, discussed, or read in each case that could be explained more fully.
  • Concludes by considering something interesting about how the two scenes compare or differ.
  • Is edited, but still contains a few grammatical or typographical errors.

An adequate (C 79-70%) Screening Report that could be improved accomplishes the following:

  • Identifies, but does not carefully describe a scene from each of the two films you have chosen to write about.
  • Makes a connection to something else we have seen, discussed, or read, in each case that could be explained more fully.
  • Contains many grammatical or typographical errors.

 

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