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    Auteur Theory: Francois Truffaut and Alfred Hitchcock The auteur theory was originated by film critic and director, Francois Truffaut, who had published a famous article in the French film Journal Cahiers du cinéma in 1954. Both the article and French film Journal criticized American movie directors for letting Hollywood studios control what they produce; therefore, lacking any originality (Wikipedia). In response, the Auteur theory was born, which means a film reflects the director's control over each aspect ranging from the script to each scene (Wikipedia). The French New Wave filmmakers exhibit complete creative control over movies, which influence a change in production. Two major proponents of the auteur theory are, Alfred Hitchcock and…

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    Truffaut's Auteur Theory

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    hone in our concept to a more narrow ideology. This week centers on the larger question of ‘what is an Author?’ Janet Staiger opens this week by listing problems with authorship studies, Francois Truffaut follows with his negative opinions of French cinema and what appears to be a form of authorship existing there, and Andre Bazin closes the week with an introduction to the auteur theory. Staiger draws on two major problems with authorship studies as flaws that have a tendency to devalue the…

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    The French New Wave

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    with a person, making the experience last longer than the cheap thrills of CGI. The directors of the New Wave aspired for this reaction, and they knew that in order to achieve a reality within their pictures, they would have to choose from a genre of themes that have occurred within their own personal experience. They found that within the era of youth and blissfulness there was an unwavering truth that could be captured within film. As for the methods, of how their predecessors conveyed the…

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    In Fahrenheit 451, the author Ray Bradbury uses fire as an adapting theme throughout the novel. As the protagonist Montag changes as a character, so does the symbolic meaning of fire. Throughout the story, fire represents power, destruction, sorrow and ultimately community and warmth. When the reader is first introduced to Montag, he sees fire as a source of power and the author conveys fire in a positive light, “It was a pleasure to burn...to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of…

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    “Now, Montag, you’re a burden. And fire will lift you off my shoulders”(109 Bradbury). In the work Fahrenheit 451, the author Ray Bradbury uses the character Beatty to show that the firemen destroy readers lives in the society. First, Beatty becomes a villain by loving the act of destroying houses and books. For example, in the beginning Beatty asks Guy if he has any books because the hound was growling at him as he walked by. As this happens Beatty is laughing showing how his evil leads him to…

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    The Synthesis essay for Fahrenheit 451 Discuss the similarity and difference of inspiration that both protagonists in Fahrenheit 451 and The One who flew over the cuckoo’s nest face. What is the most obvious feature that appears in dystopian novels and movies? It is a very obvious question, rebellious spirit and tragic ending appears in most of them. Both Fahrenheit 451 and The one who flew over the cuckoo’s nest are typical examples of dystopian stories. In the novel Fahrenheit 451 the…

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    Anthony Burgess once said, “We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it”(Goodreads). In what is regarded as Anthony Burgess’ magnum opus, A Clockwork Orange was written in only three weeks for the purpose of making money; little did Burgess know the effect his novel would have on society. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess is a dystopian type novel set in a futuristic English society. Throughout the novel, Alex, the main character undergoes a series of adventures and…

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    The role of books in both novels is slightly different, but both come back to a general theme that is used in both novels. In both novels, the authors use books as something that provides knowledge to a community but the government is trying to suppress this knowledge. In “The Book Thief” books play a role in several different ways. Liesel steals a book which then helps to teach her how to read and write. This makes her very interested in reading new books. Liesel then starts to steal more…

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    The main character of Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451, is Guy Montag. Montag is a firefighter, a burner of books, with very limited perspective on the flawed society he lives in. As the book progresses, Montag experiences many uncomfortable feelings as he starts to learn the consequences of his role. Montag goes from an ignorant participant to a discontented rebel. The book opens with a detailed description of Montag, his burning of a house, and his “fiery grin”. Montag describes burning…

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    The banning of books has been a terrible part of history since the beginning of printing and distributing of literature. Censorship is brought about by too much control and fear. This means that the author's freedom of expression was destroyed, their work is not allowed to be viewed. I believe that censorship should not be allowed, as many of the reasons that books are banned are silly. The reason books are banned ranges greatly; and the people who do the banning are even more numerous. Some…

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