Julie Delpy

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  • Essay On Erzsébet Báthory

    Hungarian peasant girls is not terra incognita for film; from 1971’s Countess Dracula, 1981’s Night of the Werewolf, to 2006’s Stay Alive, her tale has been sensationalized and embellished beyond recognition. Often cited as the inspiration behind the vampire subgenre of horror films, the fable goes that Erzsébet (or Elizabeth, as it’s frequently anglicized.), a wealthy Countess of 17th Century Hungary, was a terribly vain and cruel woman, who murdered hundreds of peasant girls to bathe in their virgin blood as she believed it would preserve her beauty. Most films that feature Báthory’s likeness tend to follow this standard plotline, however 2009’s The Countess suggests otherwise. Written, directed, produced, and starring French actress Julie Delpy, The Countess suggests that the accusations against Báthory were fabricated by her political enemies; Báthory, being as affluent and powerful as she was, subverted the very strict gender norms of 16th and 17th Century Hungary, and was seen as a threat to her male peers, consequentially resulting in accusations of witchcraft and devil-worshipping. In “Visual Representations of Violent Women” Minowa, Maclaren, and Stevens make the connection between the fear of “‘Weibermacht,’ the power of women over men,” to the wide-spread witch hunts of 17th and 18th Century Europe, saying it was “fanned by the theological belief that women were the devil’s gateway, and the aforementioned book Malleus Maleficarum, which primarily focused on women…

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  • Countess De Castiglione Analysis

    This paper will argue that the photographs of the Countess de Castiglione and Emile Zola’s, “The Kill” both present women that rely on their appearances to discern their identities. It will further demonstrate that because of this emphasis on appearances to assert reality, women depend on their body as a mode of expressing the more complex parts of their personalities. To understand the immense attention paid to women’s appearance during 19th century France, it is crucial to consider the role…

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  • Julie Mehrtiu, Stadia I, By Julie Mehretu

    Julie Mehretu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1970. She was schooled in Kalamazoo, where she received her bachelor degree in Art, and continued on to receive her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Art and Design in 1997 (Artnet). She lives and works in Harlem New York with her artist and partner (Plagens). Mehretu works on drawings influenced by architectural plans and aerial maps. She adds many layers to increase complexity. She relates the layering to herself as parts of who she is. She…

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  • Harrison Bergeron Vs 2081 Analysis

    Harrison Bergeron versus 2081 We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Thomas Jefferson. We in the United State hold this line of the Declaration of Independence to be a pivotal part of our country. We have went to war many times to uphold the right that everyone to be equal. Many men and women have died to help ensure that…

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  • Hedda Gabler And Miss Julie Character Analysis

    Despite offering a different character’s point of view, several of the dramatic techniques resident in Miss Julie are exhibited. Even more importantly, Strindberg again insists on placing the family of the play in the context of a Darwinian battle of the strongest. It is natural for us to expect similarities between The Father and Miss Julie due to the close proximity of their writing, but the points made about Strindberg’s later work help provide an additional insight into the playwright’s…

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  • Titus Andronicus Analysis

    Visuals and the Violated: Women in Julie Taymor’s Titus Up until the past few decades, Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus was never taken seriously by critics or audiences. As a revenge tragedy set in ancient Rome, the story is one of never-ending, over the top violence, which viewers may find hard to sit through without rolling their eyes, or at least becoming entirely desensitized. When Julie Taymor created the film version of this text, Titus, in 1999, she attempted to utilize visual…

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  • Essay On Titus Andronicus

    to her in the final scene, then he kills both Tamora and Lavinia, his own daughter. A rash of killings happen; the only people left alive are Marcus, Lucius, Young Lucius, and Aaron. Lucius has the Aaron buried alive, and Tamora's corpse thrown to beasts. He becomes the new emperor of Rome by the end. FILM AND TELEVISION ADAPTATIONS: There is only one movie made that follows the story of Titus Andronicus. It was released February 11th 2000, and is called Titus. Starring well known actress,…

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  • Titus Andronicus And Hamlet Analysis

    “Titus Andronicus” and “Hamlet”, are both revenge tragedy stories that revolve around strong families with complicated relationships that contain individuals seeking revenge for wrong doings. Both nontraditional film versions were produced within a couple years of each other; Titus, directed by Julie Taymor in 1999 and Hamlet, directed by Michael Almereyda in 2000. Comparing these films, allows for reflection upon the different adaptations that each director took from their interpretations of…

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  • Miss Julie Sympathy

    The trigger for sympathy for the eponymous character Miss Julie The inevitability of fate as a motor for drama has been used through the ages and August Strindberg’s controversial play Miss Julie falls into this grouping of literary classics. The eponymous protagonist (daughter of a count and a commoner), is driven by a hereditary need to integrate with the lower class yet simultaneously lord over them. Using her sexuality but also tempted by lowering herself socially, she beds her servant,…

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  • Audiovisual Techniques In Billy Elliot

    intricate than it seems. In order to successfully convey a theme through the use of audiovisual techniques outside of dialogue a filmmaker must consider things such as sound, production design, acting, editing, and cinematography. Billy Elliot, directed by Stephen Daldry, is a great example of a film that expertly employs such audiovisual techniques. At face value, one can instantly get the mood from a scene in Billy Elliot, however it is through careful examination and dissection that one can…

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