international film comparison

International Film Comparison Paper


Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita,
his 1960 classic about the decadence of Italian high society. Then
you may choose from ONE (1) of the
four other films below. After watching La Dolce Vita and the film of your
choice, use the knowledge you have learned thus far in class to compare and
contrast the two films using FOUR (4)
the elements of film grammar.




IMDB or Wikipedia to read synopses.


La Dolce Vita
(1960), directed by Federico
Fellini (REQUIRED).


choose ONE (1) of the following:


(1954), directed by Luchino
Visconti (Italy)

Perros (2000), directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Mexico)

Antoinette (2006),
directed by Sofia Coppola (United States)

(2015), directed by Céline Sciamma (France)






It will be up to you to come up
with arguments/theses that encompasses both films.

You will need to compare and
contrast several elements of the films, developing a multi-perspective
analysis of local, global, international, and communication issues
throughout the films.

One other source besides Stephen
Prince’s Movies and Meaning is
required. You cannot cite IMDB or Wikipedia. Do some research on the
director. If you have time to watch another of his or her films, I
encourage you.

You will then write a 3-4
double-spaced page paper that analyzes and exposes what you have learned
from the course about the grammar of film.


As your paper will analyze films
directed/written by people from different countries, it is crucial to dissect
how these filmmakers approach the elements of filmmaking to tell a narrative. You
must choose FOUR of the following elements:


Film Structure







Visual effects


sure you explain each component you choose in detail and defend your arguments
with sources!


Be sure to write your paper in APA
format citing the text when necessary. Include an abstract, introduction, body
paragraphs, conclusion and reference page. The paper will be submitted to the
Turnitin Dropbox on Canvas.




I will deduct points for poor
grammar, informality of expression, and failure to comply with APA style. If you don’t have a manual, find
an online style guide.


Don’t be informal. You’re writing a paper, not a
discussion. Don’t offer opinions that sound like social media posts. Writing, “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
had incredible performances!” will get you points knocked off.


Use topic sentences. These are the first sentences of
your paragraphs, the organizing ideas. For example: “Thanks to its use of deep
focus and Walter Murch’s sound design, Apocalypse
Now recreates the experience of barely surviving a war in Southeast Asia.”


You must cite Movies and meaning
and any relevant secondary sources. If you have seen movies to which you can compare La Dolce Vita and the other film of your
choice, also cite them. Your paper will be richer if it demonstrates a
familiarity with film as a cross-generational conversation.




To watch these films, you need to
visit Swank
or Kanopy.


Several public libraries have these
films available for checkout on DVD or Blu-ray.


Netflix, Amazon, and other streaming
services may offer them too.





paper is to be written in an APA-Style format.
This includes the following:


12-point font

Times New Roman font


1-inch margins

cover page

reference page

in-text citations


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