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  • The Influence Of Film: The Godfather

    a drug lord and the chief of police, Michael seeks exile in Italy. After his return to America, Michael’s brother is killed and his father dies of a heart-attack. The Ivy League, war-hero is now forced to take the family business into his own hands. Michael gives up his humble and simple life to protect the family. The mobsters in the film are portrayed as sophisticated, educated, and classy, unlike many of the mob films before (“The Godfather”). The film grossed $268,500,000 at the worldwide box office. The Godfather won Academy Awards for best picture, best actor in a leading role, and best writing and screenplay (“The Godfather Awards”). The film was nominated for best actor in a supporting role, best director, best costume design, best sound, and best film editing (“The Godfather Awards”). The film won Golden Globes for best motion picture, best actor in a motion picture, best director, best screenplay, and best original score (“The Godfather Awards”). Before The Godfather, the gangster film genre contained movies of the same plots. Movies like Little Caesar and Public Enemy, emphasized the criminal activities of the Mafia (Davis). Italians were criminals. They were apprehended by law enforcement, then charged with money laundering or murder. The Italians were the bad guys, and the cops were the good guys. However, The Godfather depicted mobsters as wealthy men who cared about their family. Don Corleone spoke with sophistication. Michael is college educated and a veteran…

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  • Figurative Language In Owls By Mary Oliver

    Mary Oliver is overwhelmed and in awe with the beauty of nature and conveys this through the passage “Owls” with apprehensive diction and first person perspective making the reader feel like they are right alongside her as she makes observations about the wild owls, their prey, and the peaceful flowers she sees. This apprehension is added to through the reverence Mary seems to have for the owls and the fear conveyed through that reverence in the first three quarters of the passage. In the…

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  • Amanda Knox Case

    “Knox confessed that she was in the house on the night of the murder and that she heard Miss Kercher scream”(Squires 1.) She was tried and acquitted twice, and then there was a movie made about her. Amanda Knox was accused for violently murdering her roommate in Italy in 2007. After years of being tried and acquitted, Amanda was finally released, and is now living freely with no charge. In the 2007 controversial court case of Amanda Knox, the innocent verdict incorrectly acquitted the suspect…

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  • Steven Spielberg Biography

    Steven Spielberg is known as a well accredited award winning Director, screenwriter and producer. He is known for major motion films such as “Jaws” “The Color Purple” and “Schindlers List”. Making a career out in the media business isn’t the easiest to do. Many people even go to college and major in film, journalism, etc. and never get their big break to share their work on big screens or in magazines or even publish a book. Yet Steven did amazingly well. Spielberg was born December 18th, 1946…

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  • The Monolith In Stanley Kubrick's Film, 2001: A Space Odyssey

    Stanley Kubrick’s acclaimed film, 2001: A Space Odyssey opens with a black screen and a haunting overture that spans the length of nearly three minutes. Eventually, the overture fades out, and the audience can see it’s first glimpse of color; a dark blue background surrounding the film studio’s logo before the film’s first act officially begins. The momentary silence created by the ended overture does not last for long. The beginning of the film’s first act is marked by an operatic title…

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  • Conflict In The Movie Rebecca

    Two important differences when comparing old to new films is not only color base but also the camera angle they use and also the action of each scene. When I say camera angle I mean back in the day they barley had film, let alone high quality picture. When you see films now a day you may see a back shot or mid shot or maybe a wide shot. These are all way to get your view to see the picture differently. back in the day they didn’t have the technology to have all the camera angles so they shot the…

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  • Some Like It Hot Analysis

    "Well, nobody's perfect" the famous last line from the movie Some Like It Hot by director Billy Wilder, almost did not make it into the film. The line was only a temporary fill-in, until Wilder could come up with a better line. Fortunately, the line made it into the film, and became the most famous and iconic line of the entire film. The story is about two men, trying to escape from a criminal gang by dressing up as woman, and fleeing to Florida with an all-woman jazz band. The film thus stands…

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  • Symbolism In The Green Mile And Animal Farm

    Symbolism is a literary device the author uses where an object, animal, color, or situation has another meaning apart from its literal meaning. In literature, symbolism is used to engage readers and add depth to writing. For the two books The Green Mile by Stephen King and Animal Farm by George Orwell, symbolism plays a huge role. Understanding symbolism and how both Authors use symbolism in The Green Mile and Animal Farm, will help the reader better understand the meaning of the books. …

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  • Magical Realism In Gabriel García Márquez's A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings

    Magical realism is “… characterized by the matter-of-fact inclusions of fantastic or mythical elements into apparently realistic fiction” (Edison). Characteristics of this genre include plentitude, hybridity, metafiction, and an unreliable narrator. A story that shows magical realism is “A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings” by Gabriel García Márquez. Márquez is recognized as one of the best authors who combines reality with fantasy: “… García Márquez, combining radically different realities, what…

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  • Situational Irony In Shooting An Elephant

    Rashaun Richardson February 17, 2016 In the story, “Shooting an Elephant”, the narrator is contradictory in his feelings, by supporting one set of people, the Burmans, but serving another, the British. The reader infers that he can’t decide who to fight for because in the text the narrator explains the treatment of the Burmans by the English, but then tells the treatment of himself by the Burmans. For example, the narrator states that the treatment of the Burman prisoners were…

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