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Unit 2 Film Analysis - Higher National Diploma in Hospitality Management

  • Course Code: MBA600
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • University: University of Bristol

Coursework (1500 words maximum) Chose one of the following questions:


2.1 Analyse one film sequence using semiotics and discuss how semiotics can helps understand
how meaning is conveyed in cinema.


2.2 How has the notion of ideology been used in critical discussions of films? How has it changed
over the years? Illustrate your outline of these changes by using one film as an example.


2.3 Discuss the representations of race and ethnicity in at least two films, possibly comparing the
two.

2.4 Examine in detail and discuss the construction of gender in any one of the following films:
All that heaven allows (Douglas Sirk, 1955); Bakushu / Early summer (Yasujiro Ozu, 1951); Blue
steel (Kathryn Bigelow, 1990); Blue velvet (David Lynch, 1986); Dance, girl, dance (Dorothy Arzner,
1940); Gilda (Charles Vidor, 1946); The girl can’t help it (Frank Tashlin, 1956); Gladiator (Ridley
Scott, 2000); His girl friday (Howard Hawks, 1940, US); Hyènes / Hyenas (Djibril Diop Mambéty,
1992); It happened one night (Frank Capra, 1934); Letter from an unknown woman (Max Ophuls,
1948); Meghe Dhaka Tara / The cloud-capped star (Ritwik Ghatak, 1960; Night of the hunter
(Charles Laughton, 1955);The ninth gate (Roman Polanski, 2000); The red shoes (Michael Powell
and Emeric Pressburger, 1948); Repulsion (Roman Polanski, 1965); Sanshô dayû / Sansho the
bailiff (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1954); The set-up (Robert Wise, 1948); Some like it hot (Billy Wilder, 1958);
Touch of evil (Orson Welles, 1958); A woman under the influence (John Cassavetes, 1974).

2.5 How useful is genre-based approach in analysing a film’s meaning? Use at least two films as
examples to answer the question.

2.6 Why has going to the cinema been likened to dreaming?

2.7 Describe and analyse the use of sound in any one of the following films: Dracula (Terence
Fisher, 1958, UK); Un condamné à mort c’est échappé / A man escaped (Robert Bresson, 1956,
France) ; C’era una volta il West / Once upon a time in the west (Sergio Leone, 1968, Italy); Sunset
Blvd. / Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950, US); Riot (John Akomfrah, 1993, UK); Dr. Strangelove,
or: how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb (Stanley Kubrick, 1964, UK-US); Reservoir
dogs (Quentin Tarantino, 1992, US), Coal-face (Alberto Cavalcanti, 1935, UK).

2.8 Analyse and discuss the narrative structure of any one film by Alfred Hitchcock except North by
northwest.