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Write an analytical paper about a Canadian fiction narrative film using a key technique of interpretation, either Marxism (class analysis), Semiotics (the science of signs) or Post-colonial theory.

CANADIAN FILM ANALYSIS ASSIGNMENT

Due: WEEK 7

Length: 1000-1250 words (5-6 pages)

Worth: 15%

Description:  Write an analytical paper about a Canadian fiction narrative film using a key technique of interpretation, either Marxism (class analysis), Semiotics (the science of signs) or Post-colonial theory. Your chosen film can be any genre, except animation and documentary. Using your key technique of interpretation analyze how the film depicts Canadian culture, history and/or society.  

What is cultural analysis?

“Scholars of cinema look not only at the surface of a film to understand how “it works”; they also examine the layers of implicit meaning that reflect any cultural assumptions that the filmmakers and audience might take for granted.   The tools that scholars use to analyse films in this manner are borrowed from critical theories first developed by social theorists, cultural critics, and philosophers.  These theorists can show you how to cast a more analytical eye on the unspoken assumptions and ideals that seem to be taken for granted in the movies you write about” (Gocsik, K., Barsam, R., Monahan, D. 2016).  See also “Cultural Analysis” from Writing About Movies uploaded to eCOR readings. 

Criteria:

  • Introduction:
    • Opening statementshould grab the reader’s attention.
    • Provide a thesis statement.  What is your main argument, and how will you prove it? 
  • Main Argument:
    • Key points that provide evidence for your thesis. 
    • Support argument with specific examples from the film and scholarly sources
  • Conclusion:
    • Short summary of how you proved your argument.
  • Three scholarly references (APA Style).  Find three scholarly sources about your film, the filmmakers or genre.  Incorporate into the body of your analysis. 
  • References List, including film.  See APA Style Guide.

How do I find a Canadian film? 🇨🇦

  • Canadian Film Day
    • This resource is great for locating and researching Canadian films
  • NFB – National Film Board of Canada
  • CBC Gem
    • Some films on Gem are not Canadian.  If you are not sure, then check on IMDb or with the professor.

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