Choose One (4 choices below) of these movies: Your second movie review must come from these movies.
The Joy Luck Club 1993 The life histories of four Asian women and their daughters reflect and guide each other. Director Wayne Wang Stars: Tamlyn Tomita, Rosalind Chao, Kieu Chinh
Gandhi 1993 Biography of Mohandas K. Gandhi, the lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British rule through his philosophy of non-violent protest. Director: Richard Attenborough Stars: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Candice Bergen
Seven Years in Tibet 1997 True story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China’s takeover of Tibet. Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud Stars: Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, BD Wong
The Passion of the Christ 2004
(shows crucifixion in graphic detail. Not for the faint of heart) Depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. Directed by Mel Gibson. Stars Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Maia Morgenstern
How to Write a Historical Film Review Extra Credit Opportunity:
** Typed, double-spaced, 1″ Margins all around, 12-point font, Times New Roman
1st Paragraph: Introduce the film and the main point you want to make about it. Tell the name of the film, when it came out, and any other information you think is useful, such as who directed it. If the film had won any awards, include that. (Try the Internet Movie Database at www.imbd.com.) Also include the main setting or settings and the time period or major historical even when the story is set.
Paragraphs 2-4 or 5: Write at least 2-3 paragraphs describing the plot. What actually happened? What was the main conflict and the climax of the story? How did the main characters deal with the conflicts? How did the film end?
Paragraph 5 or 6: Tell how this story fits into early U.S. history. What does it tell us about what happened in the past? Is there a moral story or other lesson that the story is trying to express? Does this change or reinforce your understanding of the time period? Did you learn anything from the film that helped you understand a historical event or the perspective of a particular person or group of people?
Last Paragraph: Clearly restate your main idea about the film. Also tell your general impression of it. Did it keep your interest? How was the acting? Were the characters believable? You can also comment on the special effects, costumes, sets or props. Finally, tell whether or not you would recommend this film to someone else.
All work that you submit will be automatically submitted to TurnItIn.com to check for plagiarism. Plagiarism of any kind will NOT be tolerated. YOU MUST USE YOUR OWN WORDS. Please review the Academic Integrity portion of your syllabus for more information. I will be adding complete instructions for the submission process, so watch for the announcements regarding Extra Credit Submission Instructions
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