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The five-paragraph essay is a formal format of written argument. It is a common requisite in assignments in middle school, high school, university and sometimes elementary school. The format requires an essay to have five paragraphs: one introductory paragraph, three body paragraphs with support and development, and one concluding paragraph. Because of this structure, it is also known as a hamburger essay or a three tier essay.

The five-paragraph essay format is also applied to speech making, with some college classes teaching the five-paragraph format, along with an organized system of outlining and pre-writing the speech. Nonetheless, there seems to be anecdotal evidence that not all students work best with this format and approach to writing a speech, as some prefer to write a draft and then refine the material.

The introduction is a "grabber", or narrative hook. When a thesis essay is applied to this format, the first paragraph typically consists of a narrative hook, followed by a sentence that introduces the general theme, then another sentence narrowing the focus of the one previous. (If the author is using this format for a text-based thesis, then a sentence quoting the text, supporting the essay-writer's claim, would typically go here, along with the name of the text and the name of the author. Example: "In the book Night, Elie Wiesel says..."). After this, the author narrows the discussion of the topic by stating or identifying a problem. Often, an organizational sentence is used here to describe the layout of the paper. Finally, the last sentence of the first paragraph of such an essay would state the thesis the author is trying to prove. The thesis is often linked to a "road map" for the essay, which is basically an embedded outline stating precisely what the three body paragraphs will address and giving the items in the order of the presentation. Not to be confused with an organizational sentence, a thesis merely states "The book Night follows Elie Wiesel's journey from innocence to experience," while an organizational sentence directly states the structure and order of the essay.


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ELEMENTS OF FILM ANALYSIS (some topics and issues to consider and write about)

* Setting (Geographical, Historical, Social Milieu)

* Atmosphere (Mood)

* Cinematography (Camera Placement and Movement; Lighting; Color; Focus; Frame Composition, etc.)

* Lighting (Realist; Romantic; Expressive; "Dark"; "Surreal")

* Decor/Clothing

* Pace (Fast-Paced; Slow-Paced; "Meditative"; "Poetic")

* Images, Symbols

* Sound (Realistic; Expressive; Simple vs. Multi-Layered)

* Music (Soundtrack vs. Source)

* Editing--Cutting for Continuity; Cutting Within a Scene; Cross-Cutting (Parallel Editing); Metaphorical/Symbolic Cutting

* Character (Complexity, Development, Believability)

* Acting (Professional/Non-Professional; Realistic; Stylized/Symbolic)

* Plot (Story, Subplots, Drama)

* Narrative Structure (Straightforward vs. Complex; Flashbacks)

* Conflict

* Point of View

* Genre

* Themes (Issues, Ideological Conflicts, Lessons Learned)

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Citizen Kane is a good film because it effectively uses film language on 
many different levels.  The camera work and lighting are so meticulous that 
with each viewing there is more to see and appreciate.  The way the film is 
laid out also sets it apart.  The beginning of the film is actually the 
ending of the story because in the opening scene the main character, Kane 
utters the last words of "rosebud" and then dies.  This sets the stage for 
the retelling of his life and the search for the mysterious origins of 
"rosebud".  In Citizen Kane it is really the small things that make the 
film so effective.  A good scene that illustrates this point is in the 
beginning when young Kane is playing outside his house and his parents are 
talking about what is going to happen to him.  As his parents talk they are 
the focus of the shot and are in the foreground but in the background 
framed through a window we can see young Kane playing out in the 
snow.  This type of shot is used later in the film when Kane throws a party 
for his newspaper.  Leland and Mr. Burnstein are talking about Kane and we 
see a reflection of him dancing in a window, framed almost the same as the 
shot when he was a child.  This film also uses low angle shots quite often 
which make the characters seem larger than life.  These low angle shots are 
most noticeable when Kane is first starting out as an adult and after he 
loses the election.  Mise-en-scene is also an essential element of this 
film.  In the scene where Leland is passed out on his typewriter the bottle 
of alcohol is placed prominently in the frame, this type of shot is 
repeated when Susan O.D.'s and the sedative is placed in the close 
foreground of the shot.  The use of focus in Citizen Kane gives the viewer 
insight into what the characters are thinking or feeling.  Often throughout 
the film when Kane is talking business he will go out of focus and only 
Leland will be in sharp focus.  It is in these types of shots that we see 
that Leland is thinking about the man that he once knew which ultimately 
foreshadows the falling out they will have toward the end of the film.  The 
last thing that I will mention that this film does very well is the use of 
transitions.  For instance when Kane is looking at the picture of the 
Chronicle employees and it transitions from the picture to the actual 
people who are then employed by Kane.  Also, when the newspapers run the 
article of Kane and Susan's affair it transitions from her building door 
with the 185 over it to the same shot on the cover of the newspaper.  The 
use of a slow fade is also used throughout the film when ever a character 
is remembering.  Needless to say, I think that Citizen Kane is a very good 
film and will hopefully continue to stand the test of time.
[ politics and movies -- historical POV ]

Film Review Guidelines

Paragraph 1:  Offer your overall impression of the film while mentioning the movie's title, director, and key actors.

Paragraph 2:  Summarize the plot of the film

Paragraph 3: How did the actors portray key character roles?  Did they fulfill your expectations given your knowledge of the original novel or play (if one exists)?

Paragraph 4:  Were any particular film techniques used in key scenes?  How did the film techniques anmd music enhance the setting and themes of the film?  You may need two paragraphs to explain this information.

Paragraph 5: Address how well the film represents the novel or play.  Offer evidence for your opinion. Remember to mention use of symbols and literary devices.  Do they "transfer" from the novel/play into the movie well?

Paragraph 6: Ending paragraph--your last opportunity to guide the reader.  Offer a clincher that tells the reader to attend the film or not.



General Terms


Camera Movement

Camera Angles


Editing (the way shots are put together)



Film Analysis Essay Guidelines


Guide to Critical Assessment of Film

The following questions should help you in your critical evaluation of your film choice(s) for your assigned essay. Please keep in mind that sophisticated film, like literature, requires more than one viewing to begin to appreciate its purpose beyond merely the plot. You will need to view your film(s) with this in mind. You should use some of these questions to complete a journal on your film. 


Who is the writer of the film? Has the screenplay been adapted from another work?

Who is the director?

When was the film made?


What does the title mean in relation to the film as a whole?

How are the opening credits presented? Do they relate to meaning?

Why does the film start in the way that it does?

Are there any motifs (scenes, images) of dialogue which are repeated? What purpose do they serve?

What three or four sequences are most important in the film? Why?

Is sound used in any vivid ways either to enhance the film? (i.e. Enhance drama, heighten tension, disorient the viewer, etc.)

How does the film use color or light/dark to suggest tone and mood in different scenes?

Are there any striking uses of perspective (seeing through a character's eyes, camera angle, etc.) How does this relate to the meaning of the scene?

How and when are scenes cut? Are there any patterns in the way the cuts function?

What specific scene constitutes the film's climax? How does this scene resolve the central issue of the film?

Does the film leave any disunities (loose ends) at the end? If so, what does it suggest?

Why does the film conclude on this particular image?


How does this film relate to the issues and questions evoked by your topic?

Does the film present a clear point-of-view on your topic? How?

Are there any aspects of theme which are left ambiguous at the end? Why?

How does this film relate to the other literary texts you have read on your topic (or in class this year or on your own)?

Student Learning Outcomes
The student learning outcomes for the course are:
1. Identify and describe the narrative and compositional structure of film.
2. Clearly explain and evaluate the political thoughts, assumptions and implications of several key
3. Examine and interpret contemporary political issues in film through the application of political
4. Relate media, technology, and language to the formation and maintenance of the political order.
5. Carefully justify one’s own political position.
Introduction to Politics and Film — POLS 243
Spring 2008 

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