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Question: Le Dernier Metro has been criticised for presenting a vision of the Occupation years that is inappropriately 'comforting and comfortable' do you agree? What aspects of the Occupation period does Truffaut's film emphasize, and how?

Answer: The key features of Truffaut’s film, according to Joy Gould Boyum, ‘make for a comforting and comfortable vision: of life, of the...


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  • Subject: Media Studies
  • Course: Media Studies
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: 71%
  • Words: 973
  • Date submitted: December 18, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 2341

Question: Should The BBC continue to receive large amounts of public money through the licence fee?

Answer: The BBC was founded by John Reith in 1922 following a vision for an "independent British broadcaster able to educate, inform and...


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  • Subject: Media Studies
  • Course: Media Studies
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 70%
  • Words: 2024
  • Date submitted: November 09, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 3311

Question: What is meant by terms such as ‘generic instability’ or ‘generic constellations’? Discuss a film from the module which crosses the definitional borders suggested by these terms.

Answer: Classifying films according to genre was one of the earliest methods of organising the production and marketing of films by Hollywood. It...


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  • Subject: Media Studies
  • Course: Cinema, Text and Classification (MC3515)
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 70%
  • Words: 1901
  • Date submitted: December 18, 2009
  • Date written: December, 2004
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 2338

Question: Analyse the key features of two or more northern, working class films of the 1990s relating the films clearly to their social and political contexts.

Answer: The two films under analysis in this essay are Billy Elliott (Stephen Daldrey, 2000) and The Full Monty (Peter Catenao, 1997), which...


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  • Subject: Media Studies
  • Course: Media Studies
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: 69%
  • Words: 1332
  • Date submitted: November 04, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 2283

Question: Critically Analyse Stuart Hall’s Text, ‘Encoding/Decoding’ and the Theories of ‘Semiotics’ Within.

Answer: Beyond its literal meaning, a particular word may have a multitude of differing underlying meanings, and this is what Stuart Hall refers...


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  • Subject: Media Studies
  • Course: Media Studies
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 68%
  • Words: 2275
  • Date submitted: September 17, 2009
  • Date written: March, 2002
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 2129

Question: Popular generic texts, according to Annette Kuhn, “are reflections of social trends and attitudes of the time, mirroring the preoccupations of the historical moment” (1990). With reference to a genre of your choice, discuss the validity or otherwise of Kuhn’s statement. ('Gangster films')

Answer: By its very definition Genre is made up of a collection of texts. A genre isn’t just born out of one film...


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  • Subject: Media Studies
  • Course: Film
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 67%
  • Words: 5216
  • Date submitted: December 18, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 2353

Question: Why should we and how can we study the media?

Answer: Since starting the course in Media, Culture and Society, it has become evident to me that studying the media is not only...


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  • Subject: Media Studies
  • Course: Media Studies
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: 66%
  • Words: 2197
  • Date submitted: December 22, 2009
  • Date written: December, 2003
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 2363

Question: 'Art cinema is at it's best when it's subversive'. Discuss the subversive intent and effectiveness of any two films in the module.

Answer: Art has always retained the potential to be subversive, in other words to challenge the pre-conceptions held by the majority in relation...


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  • Subject: Media Studies
  • Course: European Cinema
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 66%
  • Words: 2419
  • Date submitted: December 18, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 2346

Question: A review of the film, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

Answer: Since the beginning of time, man has been fascinated with the stars and sky. In our time, this fascination has lead to...


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  • Subject: Media Studies
  • Course: Media Studies
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: 66%
  • Words: 911
  • Date submitted: December 05, 2009
  • Date written: December, 2001
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 2312

Question: An explanation of neorealism and an insight to the films of Federico Fellini – a personal understanding.

Answer: In this essay, I would like to analyse the genre of neorealism, with particular reference to the films of Federico Fellini. This...


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  • Subject: Media Studies
  • Course: Media Studies
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 66%
  • Words: 2302
  • Date submitted: November 04, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 2272

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