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β€’Review the final paper instructions in Week 5 of the online course or in the “Components of Course Evaluation” section of this guide. Then, visit the Ashford Writing Center located under the
learning resources tab on the left navigaiton tool bar in your online classroom.
The draft must contain:
1.Introduction with thesis statement, At least five body paragraphs, Conclusion and Reference page.
The paper must be three pages in length and formatted according to APA Style.
Review the critical analysis questions in the “Conclusion and Critic’s Resource” section of your Textbook. Write an eight page film critique of an American feature film of your Choosing. Use
the list of critical analysis questions provided in your textbook as a guide while writing your paper. Do you need me to send those questions to you?
Areas that must be covered: Storytelling, acting, cinematography, editing, sound, style and directing, impact of society on the film and vice versa, genre, application of at least one approach to
analysis and interpretation, overall textual themes.
Writing Tips
Students must select a film that they have not previously explored in class, either in written assignments or discussion posts, Students must establish a coherent thesis statement in the introduction
of their paper with a claim that they intend to prove. The body of the essay serves to support the thesis through an analysis of the film and other relevant material. Avoid simply rehashing
descriptive material from other source, Support your thesis through textual and formal analysis. Refer to specific shots, scenes, characters, stylistic devices, and thees in the film., As much as
possible, use technical, literary and industry terms o make your points, If needed, you may use additional resources to support your claims, Suggested sources might include academic books and
articles, film reviews, and personal opinions from reputable film critics and scholars, information other than production details obtained fro popular sources such as the internet movie database
and Wikipedia is not considered reputable., only use plot information to support the thematic points of the paper, Include only one to two sentences of plot summary when explaining each of the
required filmic elements, also, students should not choose a film that the authors of the textbook have analyzed in detail.
What is the referential content in the film?
What is the explicit content in the film?
What is the implicit content in the film?
What symptomatic content can you use to analyze the film?
What approaches to analysis seem most appropriate to use when analyzing the film?(formalist, contextualist, structuralist, auteurist,, realist, generic?
An American feature film of my choosing is Philadelphia, starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington.

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