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  • Citizen Kane

    First released in 1941, Citizen Kane follows the life of Charles Foster Kane through a series of flashbacks in an attempt to uncover the mystery of his last words. Audiences are challenged to think about the correlation of wealth and love by observing the life of Charles Foster Kane. He was happiest when he was young, poor, and held the affections of his mother; as time progress the absence of maternal love could not be filled with money. Kane blames his cold caretaker for his lack of normalcy and embarks on a journey to get back the love he lost. The film genre is therefore drama; it encapsulates the essence of drama which is a transformation of some sort, it forces viewers to think about an issue that directly effects their lives, and features a primary conflict for the character to overcome. One particular aspect of the film that I enjoyed was the way Kane’s power was presented in the film. Despite Kane detesting that he anything more than a man of the people, there is an obvious power differential between him and the rest of the characters in the film. The things he says and does, does not indicate that he is equal and he exercises this power in a variety of ways. Throughout the rest of this paper I am going to explore the various ways that Kane’s power is exhibited through the use of camera angles, lighting, set/costume design, and his interaction with other characters. To begin, the position of the camera plays a significant role in establishing Kane’s power. The…

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  • Citizen Kane Critical Essay

    In the many critical essays on Citizen Kane, three different perspectives on its meaning have dominated analytical writing about that film: work that concentrates on the mythic characters of Kane; essays that analyze the kaleidoscopic narrative structure that shapes its story; and writing that offers detailed interpretations of the stylistic compositions in the film, such as its use of deep focus and dramatic editing techniques. With the first two types of analysis as a background, here I will…

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  • Love In Natalie Portman's Film Black Swan

    role in Swan Lake is Nina is next. But she gets an unexpected competitor, newcomer Lily (Mila Kunis), who impresses the director with her sensuality and passion. The two rivals develop a twisted friendship. Nina becomes more and more desperate, and the question is how far she is willing to push herself for her career. Black Swan is one of my favorite movies. When you watch it for the first time you only see the tip of the iceberg. It’s a film that you have to watch multiple times to…

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  • Women's Body Image In Nutcrackers

    recites "Nor tossed my shape in Eider balls" however are considered as one of the more special cases because they apparently have some sort of double meaning, being a symbolism itself. The first meaning happens to be the eider balls symbolizing the swan gowns for the production of Swan Lake. The second one, be that as it may, comprehended the entire line which in-turn symbolizes the eider birds. Eider birds are known for their light and soft textured feathers. So it could be understood that…

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  • Isadora Duncan's The Mother Of Dance

    Called, "The Mother of Dance", Isadora Duncan was one of the most influential dancers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her technique was a precursor to modern dance and she became very popular in Europe for her naturalistic approach to dancing and performances to classical music. She faced many struggles throughout her lifetime, with her children dying after their nanny had accidentally driven into the Seine River and her husband committing suicide. Then, not much later, Isadora died…

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  • Nina Ananiashvili's The Joy Of Becoming A Dancer

    “Ballet is not just movement, not simply abstract. It’s something beautiful.” Nina Ananiashvili, the artistic director for the State Ballet of Georgia, begins to describe the magic and mystic found within the art of ballet. Only a ballerina possesses the key to unlock the mysteries hidden within each graceful movement of dance. Nevertheless ballet, like almost everything else, has a side far less romantic to it. Throughout her entire career, a dancer struggles to ensure a strong and healthy body…

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  • The Swan Lake Disaster

    Based on the ballet ‘’Swan Lake’’ by Piotr Illyich Tchaikovsky and his beautiful music, this movie shows the disaster life of a dancer to obtain the principal role as Swan Queen, as it was her dream since she was a child, especially for the pressure of her mother. The story is based in one princess that was enchanted by a witch to be a White Swan, and only a love could avoid this, but her bad sister, the Black Swan, seduces the man the princess loved, and knowing this the White Swan kill…

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  • Body Stereotypes In The Ballet World

    The purpose of this project is to show that Misty Copeland is changing the way the ballet world defines the correct image and body shape of a ballerina. Copeland does not fit the stereotype of ballerina: she is 5’2, has really defined muscles, has bust, and is African American. She started ballet at the age of 13, late for a dancer, but her pure talent made her into a prodigy. Misty Copeland really set out to become a professional ballerina, regardless of her ethnicity and body shape, she pushed…

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  • Life In Motion Summary

    Misty Copeland is a woman who defied all the odds and ended up becoming the first African-American principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre. In her autobiography Life in Motion, Copeland depicts her life as a young woman before her days of ballet until recently. This book particularly stands out as a commendable autobiography because Misty writes this book as a story a form of empowerment to “the little brown girls” who do not think that they are able to fight despite all of the odds.…

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  • The Blue Estuaries Summary

    Julia Alvarez’s poem On Not Stealing Louise Bogan’s The Blue Estuaries conveys the speaker’s discoveries—the book, her love for and confidence in reading poetry and her girl’s voice--as surprising and serendipitous. This is conveyed through the use of imagery, figurative language and selection of detail. Imagery is used in the poem to convey the speaker’s discoveries: her love for and confidence in reading poetry. The poem begins with the speaker stumbling upon the book, which she says…

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