1. The film Casablanca was released during World War II in 1942. Some have argued that some of the themes and plot points of the film can be read as propaganda. Do you agree or disagree? Does Casablanca have a political message? I could agree with both, the reason why i could do so was because maybe the one who had the idea of the movie was touched by what was happening in those years and felt that creating a movie within that era could be of a symbol. I also think that the director was trying to tell people or show them that this is what life looks like, giving them time to think of what 's really happening.
Throughout the course of time women have evolved to better themselves instead of pleasing others. In the novel The Maltese Falcon By Dashiell Hammett has two characters that are important women. These 2 women are key characters to the story to aid in solving the murder mystery. Each woman has completely different personality that clearly displays the change from the stereotypical persona of a woman always being dependent on a man to evolving to this new self sustained woman.
Hammett quotes Spade as, “Spade's jaw was long and bony, his chin a jutting v under the more flexible v of his mouth. His nostrils curved back to make another, smaller, v. His yellow-grey eyes were horizontal. The v motif was picked up again by thickish brows rising outward from twin creases above a hooked nose, and his pale brown hair grew down from high flat temples in a point on his forehead. He looked rather pleasantly like a blond satan.” (Hammett 1) Hammett’s ambiguous description of Spade is confusing for audiences and lackluster; accordingly, the film skips over these ambiguous character descriptions and illuminates them within the dialogue and morals of the characters. The film's use of cinematography captures the emotional struggle to relocate the Maltese Falcon and enhances the characters’ motives subtly. For example, Gutman’s motives were to acquire the Falcon as quickly as possible and the book does describe Gutman as a fat, honest criminal... but, Gutman’s character in the film is displayed as a different kind of antagonist. In comparison to Brigid, Gutman is very upfront about his desire for the bird (unlike Brigid who uses her femininity to feign her innocence) so Spade knows Gutman's full motivations through confrontations within the film. The interpretations made in the film provide exponential value to the full discovery of the characters and
In life people always have that one special person that look up to. To them they are by far and idol in their eyes. Just like a child growing, they always had that one superhero they would love to be and hope to be as brave as them. For example Superman, Batman, Wolverine, and the Hulk. These characters are created in different ways to show masculinity and to help give the impression that they are not scared of anything. Sam Spade in Dashiell Hammet’s 1941 movie The Maltese Falcon is one of a kind. Ruthless, strong mind, and sneaky Spade has multiple personalities that he can hide behind to get facts for solving a case. Spade is by far someone that has different ways of showing his masculinity. Trapped in situations, held at gun point and followed
Lion, directed by Garth Davis, is a compelling interpretation of a remarkable true story of Saroo Brierley, lost as a child and reunited with his family 25 years later. Throughout Davis explores the unique circumstances under which Saroo is separated and reconnected with his family and his journey along the way. At some points of the film, I was confronted by how Saroo, a five-year-old boy, expertely navigates, with great instinct and genuine innocence, through an extended, yet life threatening ride. To put it in other words, Lion is a journey that grabs you entirely; whether you want it or not, and you are involved in each and every scene.
“Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.” These are the words spoken by Rick Blaine as he drinks himself into a slight stupor to cope with the grand entrance of the beautiful, yet mysterious Ilsa Lund. These two mentioned above are former lovers and the two main characters of the 1942 film Casablanca. Why Rick speaks these words with despair is because of Ilsa Lund, whose archetype is common in most if not all noir movies. This archetype is known as the femme fatale which literally translates to, fatal woman. The particular focus of the femme fatale and its characteristics is Ilsa Lund, female star of Casablanca, who exhibits the major and auxiliary qualities of the femme fatale character as well as her hidden intentions.
Classic literature is the "meat" of ones general knowledge. Plenty of valuable insights are illuminated about the world that we live in that greatly impacts how a person lives their life. A brilliant example of this is Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon. It is one of the most haunting classics of all time because it can create and build suspense, it can be related to the lives of the general population, and it has the ability to change the reader.
Many individuals are motivated by a variety of concepts that give them a strong desire for their goals. Dashiell Hammett, author of The Maltese Falcon, shows how the characters of his novel, including Sam Spade, are motivated by money. Although each character denies this pecuniary greed, Spade reveals multiple situations where he is influenced by money.
The Godfather (1972) is said to be one of the greatest films ever made. When this movie was released in 1972, it was nominated for Ten Academy Awards and it won three: Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. The film was adapted from the book with the same name written by award winning author of mafia fiction, Mario Puzo. This film takes place in a span of ten years following the life of Don Corleone, the head of the Corleone Crime Family. It was a film that changed the history of cinema, introducing a very talented filmmaker and several acting legends in the telling of a story of a Sicilian Crime Family. The most memorable scene in the film is the opening scene of the movie which is also my choice of scene to elaborate on mise-en-scene.
Crime. Secrets. These words are often associated with the mystery genre. What often comes to mind is the common detective story, where a crime and a detective are introduced. Then, the heroic detective apprehends the culprit by deduction from clues. However, in the 1920s, a new era of crime fiction arose: American hard-boiled crime fiction. In this type of crime fiction, a sense of “graphic sex and violence, vivid but often sordid urban backgrounds, and fast-paced, slangy dialogue” is added to the environment (“Hard-boiled dectective…” Ralph Willet). In the Maltese Falcon, a film adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s the Maltese Falcon, Sam Spade is presented with a case to find Ruth Wonderly (who later turns
The protagonist of Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, Samuel “Sam” Spade, is a very mysterious man; one who trusts only himself. He solves the problems he encounters alone, and without the help of authority. To him, both the law and ideas of morality impede his work as a detective. This disregard for both written and tacit law leads to assumptions that, as a person, he is wholly amoral, to the extent that he is considered a devil. There are comparisons between him and the devil throughout the novel - The author goes out of his way to refer to Spade as a “blonde Satan”(3). To be sure, Spade is no angel; his sole desire, trumping the well-being of his coworkers and friends, is to outsmart those around him and to emerge victorious in
Clover begins by portraying the fact about how slasher films remain ignored by the reprovers. She uses the example of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Page 67) quoting reprovers who accolade the narrative swears Massacre to be imbecilic and a “vile little piece of sick crap". Although, today slasher films continue to be popular and are not ignored by the viewers especially the teenagers.
From the movie choice given, I have choose The Shawshank Redemption. This movie is a 1994 America film directed by Frank Darabont based on Stephen King’s short story “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”
Throughout the course of one’s life, there is a constant search for some form of happiness. We may not always realize we are on the quest for it, but it’s part of human nature.
In the movie The Dark Knight (2008), the District Attorney Harvey Dent, had 2 faces. One was good, one was evil. But, when we set him side by side to Christopher Columbus, we cannot deduce any good side of him. Christopher Columbus, the Italian explorer, who was sponsored by the Spanish Kingdom, was guilty of multitudinous charges that include mass genocide, initiating transatlantic slavery, harsh treatment of workers and torture.