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    A film is an art form. Composer, Henry Mancini, once said, “the real creative power is in the mind and heart of the composer.” Henry Mancini was the composer for Touch of Evil and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. While these two films may seem like they don’t connect with each other at any point, they do and it is with Henry Mancini. By examining Touch of Evil and Breakfast at Tiffany’s through the lens of Henry Mancini’s music choices we can see that Mancini’s music choices were just as important as Blake Edwards, director. Many people like to think that the directors of a film are the ‘authors’ of a film compared to screenwriters but Mancini challenges that theory, especially with his work in Touch of Evil and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. In these two film Mancini’s compositions ‘make the movie’. He is just as much as an author as the screenwriter and director. Mancini though both films are very different, he shows how much of an impact music has on the story. Mancini 's compositions within these two films have a huge influence on the story itself. I argue here that Mancini 's work during these two films, specifically that his impact on these films is more significant than what the director or screenwriter could ever have. Throughout Touch of Evil and Breakfast at Tiffany 's, Mancini has some common traits he uses throughout these films. Usually, his compositions go along with the ‘feel’ of the scene that is occurring. For example in Touch of Evil, in the first opening scene, there is…

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    The process of heat-treating Knife River Flint requires a lot of time, preparation, and materials. The Knife River Flint that was used in this experiment came from Mercer County, North Dakota, which there are five different Knife River Flint Quarries in Mercer County. The three closest quarries to where the Knife River Flint in this experiment was collected are the Crowley Quarries, Medicine Butte, and Dodge Quarry. With the help of Russell Redhorn, a Native American monitor I was working…

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    Love and Care: A Literary Analysis of Roger in “Thank You Ma’m” Everyone in the world has someone to love or is loved by a person. Those people are most often family members. More specifically, mothers and fathers. Roger, a troubled teen in “Thank You Ma’m” written by Langston Hughes does not that that loving person, and without that guidance in his life he tries to steal Mrs. Jones’s purse, an innocent victim. However, things back fire for Roger and Mrs. Jones decides to bring him home and…

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    Freedom Freedom is a word that can be defined in many ways to different minds, but in literary terms freedom means “the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved”. Two great poets by the name of Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes wrote two extraordinary poems called “I know why the caged bird sings” and “Democracy”. These two poems open your eye to the word freedom. I choose these two poems because, me personally being of Haitian decent I see how my people are treated and thought of. We think we…

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    Nonfiction versus fiction is very different for me. Fiction stories are usually intriguing, filled with suspense and drama. They always have an unexpected twist that keeps you wanting more. With nonfiction, the stories are about personal experiences and not always as exciting as a fictional story. If the nonfiction story is not correctly written, the story becomes very boring. For this assignment, I chose Joan Didion’s On Going Home and Langston Hughes’ Salvation. The two stories had an area…

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    Analysis of American Horror Story: Freak Show In class we have learned about many different aspects of disability. In American Horror Story: Freak Show (Freak Show), there were many themes shown throughout that touched on material we have talked about in class. Freak Show illustrates the medical and sociopolitical models of disability, uses terms that are deemed inappropriate or unacceptable by the disability community, and represents people with disabilities in the media. I have…

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    Tim Burton’s beautifully haunting production of ‘Edward Scissorhands’ introduces our protagonist, represented by Johnny Depp, and explores the fictional story of this solitary boy with an unfortunate seemingly threatening oddity, being thrust into a world where he is glaringly blatant in the midst of the suburbs. Despite his intimidating exterior, it is almost immediately exposed that Edward is just an innocent, childlike soul, intent on serving others. The purpose of this film was to delve into…

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    My Educational Standards

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    standard was by sending notes home to parents explaining why their child was on yellow or below. Another way I met this standard was by grouping my students by their “reading” level for literacy stations. I gathered data on my students and my personal observations of each of them, and from there I placed them where I thought they would benefit the most. Standard 2, content knowledge, was met by integrating my lessons. Since we only have 30 minutes for science/social studies every other day, I…

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    Tim Burton, a person who started out as a kid fascinated by other famous directors and then became one himself. What did he do to become such a famous director? He is known for his disturbing and yet child-like movies, such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Edward Scissorhands. Everyone of all ages can be able to enjoy his movie. Tim Burton’s style is kid-friendly at first, but then it takes a disturbing and twisted turn. One of Burton's cinematic technique he uses is…

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    From the source, “America’s First Godfather,” Mike Dash talks about how the culture effected the mafia in Sicily. He first started talking about how Morello’s story was not known around the world yet. So, he explained how Morello set up crime in New York in the 1900’s. Mr. Morello was well operated before the mafia was even a big deal to screenwriters. Morello ended up getting imprisoned, then murdered. Mike Dash then goes on to talk about the culture of Sicily, where Morello had lived, had…

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