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Analysis #2 – Breathless (1960)

The first five minutes of the French New Wave film Breathless (1960) uses several techniques that signal the viewer of its awareness as a film. The film’s main character, Michel, directly addresses the camera. There are jump cuts between scenes … Continue reading

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Psycho (1960)

One needs to learn the rules before they can break them. This is exactly what Hitchcock did in Psycho. Already a master in the classical Hollywood style of filmmaking, Hitchcock deliberately broke many of the rules of filmmaking in Psycho … Continue reading

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Written on the Wind (1956)

Written on the Wind is so over-the-top in every aspect of its being, some may find it campy and ridiculous (which it is). However, I find it brilliant in its use of excess because the film’s characters’ problems are so … Continue reading

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Umberto D. (1952) – A man and his dog

The story of a man and his dog (and sometimes a woman and her dog) has been told numerous times in all forms of media. Umberto D. is another one of these stories. One of the many tragedies in life … Continue reading

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Scene Analysis – Citizen Kane, opening scene

Scene description: Opening scene of the film. This scene leads us through Kane’s estate until we reach Charles Foster Kane on his deathbed. Clutching a snowglobe, he whispers “Rosebud,” then dies. A nurse finds his body and covers it with … Continue reading

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Citizen Kane (1941)

What can I say about Citizen Kane that hasn’t already been said? It is one of the most, if not the most, studied and analyzed films ever. Its presence is so deeply ingrained into our popular culture that even before … Continue reading

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