Analysis of a film called “Collateral”

This is an essay about the analysis of a film called “Collateral”, it is about the film study and needs to be written as detailed as possible. Option #1. A close analysis of some aspect of the film’s style or technique. Analyze how the film uses a specific cinematic element or combination of elements to create meaning or an emotional effect. For example, you may want to examine a film’s use of black-and-white cinematography, or the camera’s perspective and movement, or sound, or editing (or some combination thereof) as it relates to a film’s exposition and narrative progression. Think about what central idea or ideas the film may be attempting to communicate and how certain elements or techniques are being used to achieve that communication. Consider the relationship between what the film says (its content) and how the film says it (its form). Also, think about how the film’s narrative structure might work to create meaning or make you as a viewer respond or react in a certain way. Suggest by your analysis how well or poorly the filmmakers employed the stylistic element or technique. This does not necessarily have to be a library/web research paper (though you may find outside research helpful), but if you use research sources — newspaper and magazine articles, books on the filmmakers involved, websites, etc. — they should be appropriately cited. NOTE: For this approach, you aren’t required to examine the film in terms of the lecture topic associated with it. For example, if I assign you to write about Rear Window, your paper doesn’t necessarily have to focus on editing (the topic connected with that film). It may be on any aspect of the film: cinematography, production design, acting, sound, etc., or any combination thereof. It’s your choice. Option #2. A critical essay that examines the ways that the film functions as a social document. Evidence and arguments may be drawn from a variety of sources. To make a point, you may want to refer to the film itself and tie it in with historical research, personal experience, and articles from film journals. Be creative, but remember to give specific examples in support of your arguments. Please consider the following questions: In what respect does the film serve as a socio-cultural artifact? In other words, what does the film tell us about the filmmakers’ conception of the socio-cultural setting in which the film was made? (This setting is not necessarily the same thing as the time-period depicted in the film.)

Given the prevailing social attitudes, preoccupations, and restraints of the time, how effectively does the film reflect or attack the society and culture from which it emerged? Appropriate citations are a must for this project. Option #3. A study of the evolving critical response to the film. How did movie critics react to the film when it first appeared? How did their responses change over time? What do they think of it today? What were the key arguments that they tried to make about the film? Which arguments do you agree with (and don’t agree with), and why? As a part of your discussions, please offer evidence-based speculations on possible reasons for any shifts in critics’ views on the film that you might have detected. You must draw upon at least five reviews for this option, and they should ideally be spread out over a number of years. To get you started, I’d recommend that you avail yourself of our library’s many online and print-based resources. A good place to start would be the library’s bundled online collection of historical newspapers. (You’ll need to type in your UMass NetID and password to access this collection.) The “External Reviews” section of your film’s IMDb listing should be helpful, too. As with Option #2, proper citations are required for this paper.

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