Final Exam

The final exam is planned to take the entire period (3 hours) and will cover material from the entire semester. However it’ll be weighted towards material after the midterm. It will have three sections. The first two are the same as the midterm:

I. Clip Identifications and Explications

You will be shown clips, each of between 30 seconds and 3 minutes. For each clip, you should do the following:

  • Identify the film’s title, director, and year of release.
  • Discuss the clip’s stylistic features (for example: mise en scène, editing, narrative structure, etc.)
  • Relate those features to the film’s overall style and meaning. How do these features reflect the historical moment in which the film was made or the stylistic movement of which it is a part? How do these features combine to suggest an overall approach to narrative filmmaking?

II. Reading Passage Identification and Explications

You will be presented with  passages from the readings. I’ll provide one more passage than you’ll have to answer so there will be limited choice. For each passage, you should do the following:

  • Identify the title and writer of the reading
  • Explain the point the writer is trying to make. How would you paraphrase the selection?
  • Relate that point to the overall argument of the article or reading? What are the author’s main points in this article or reading? What is the passage’s relevance to the work overall?

III. Essay Question

Choosing one of the two questions below, outline and write an essay that draws on the issues we have addressed over the course of the past semester. Your essay should discuss three (or more) films from the course in both stylistic and thematic ways.

Your essay must discuss at least one film from each of the three lists below: Early Films, Western films, and Hitchcock films.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Prof. Cheever


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