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In 17th-century Quebec, cultures converged as French priests arrived to spread Christianity to the Native tribes around the upper Great Lakes. The movie Black Robe tells the story of Father Laforgue, a Jesuit (wearing a black robe) whose assignment is to travel into the land of the Huron Indians, accompanied...

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The 1999 movie American Beauty starred Kevin Spacey as a middle-aged office worker. Annette Benning starred as his wife in the Academy Award winning movie. In the movie, Lester Burnham (Spacey) struggles with a mid-life crisis. His wife, Carolyn, is a materialistic woman, while his daughter, Jane, suffers from insecurities....

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Alfred Hitchcock"s film Vertigo (1958) is one of the undisputed classics of cinema. Clearly, one of the reasons for its reputation is its use of motifs from psychology, translating psychological concepts into a cinematic context. As the psychologist Stanton Peele (2012) writes, Hitchcock"s masterpiece may be considered "the most psychological...

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In the concentration camps, the Jews were ushered in, made to undress under the pretense of needing bathing in order to delouse (being rid of lice and other small insects). Men, women and children, all naked, were forced into a larger chamber, locked in and gassed. Once they were dead,...

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It is almost impossible to find a person who doesn’t enjoy watching movies even though they may prefer different categories such as action, drama, romantic, comedy, and horror. One of the categories I enjoy most is romantic category. I like the fact that romantic category is quite diverse as evident...

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It is tempting to argue that Kubrick's Paths of Glory is a highly effective statement about the horror and futility of war, and to a large extent it is. The 1957 film is very “ahead of its time” in challenging military conventions and basic ideas of heroism. If anything in...

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In Gran Torino, Walt is extremely resistant to the cultural diversity that has begun to surround him in his neighborhood. His experience as a soldier in the Korean War left him with a lasting prejudice against Asian peoples in general, and he refers to his Hmong neighbors with a variety...

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For Greater Glory (2012) is a feature film chronicling the Cristero War, a conflict that took place in Mexico in the 1920s. It depicts Mexicans in a popular uprising against anti-clerical laws enforced by President Calles, which they viewed as a persecution of the Catholic Church in Mexico. These policies,...

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The 1999 American film One Man’s Hero, directed by Lance Hool, and the 1990 Argentinian film I, the Worst of All, directed by Maria Luis Bemberg, bare an immediate similarity to the extent that they both investigate the relationship of Catholicism to Latin American identity. Whereas in One Man’s Hero,...

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The ethical considerations in the film “The Wind that Shakes the Barley” are complex. This is because there are ethical dilemmas in the film which are, on the one hand, personal, and on the other hand, related to politics. One of the greatest strengths of the film is how the...

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For this film review on hunger and poverty, I chose the documentary “Mother India: Life Through the Eyes of the Orphan.” The documentary, released in 2012, followed a group of about 25 orphans in Tenali, India, living on the streets. The film depicts the challenges the children – ranging in...

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The Patriot recounts the life of a single hero during the Revolutionary War. Mel Gibson stars as a fictional historical figure who loses his home at the outset of the film and fights against the British as a renegade soldier. Along the way he gathers followers, faces the pain of...

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All Quiet on the Western Front follows the life of a young man named Paul, who joins the German army after his professor’s description of glory and patriotism whip his class into a frenzy. When Paul and his classmates arrive for training, they are full of life and optimism, but...

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The poster represents the realities we face every day, things are not always as they seem. Often individuals are titled incorrectly based on perception of facts versus reality Alfred Hitchcock understood how possible this was even in 1972 when he wrote the Frenzy. The movie focused heavily on the rape...

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“Crash” is a move that deftly brings together a number of different individuals whose prejudices all shape the way their lives play out. In the film, one of the most interesting characters is police officer John Ryan. Ryan is a man who has tremendous prejudice against black people. This prejudice...

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Movie Synopsis In He Loves Me He Loves Me Not, the main character Angelique is a gifted art student who is obsessed with a handsome stranger named Loic, a cardiologist. She creates a delusion about Loic after receiving a rose from him. Loic is married and expecting the birth of...

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Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket" is structurally divided into two distinct parts: during the first segment, the cast of Marines in the movie are at boot camp on Parris Island, and in the second segment, the Marines are heavily involved in combat in Vietnam. The movie contains many of the absurdities...

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This paper will discuss the documentary “Black Fish.” The documentary covers the story of the capture and training of orca whales and how they are displayed at sea world. In particular the film focuses on an orca called Tilikum who was captured and was involved in the deaths of three...

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The movie “Life of Pi” recounts stories within a story. Pi Patel tells novelist Yann Martel about his life as a boy. The account contains two styles of story, a realistic and more fantastic narrative. The movie concludes with the significance of the two versions for the novelist. Thus, the...

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Directed by Richard Donner, and released in 1985, “The Goonies” is an adventure film which presents the story of a group of children in search for a pirate’s treasure. Mikey, Chunk, Mouth, Data and Brandon, accompanied by Andy and Stef, are determined to find One-Eyed Willie’s treasure, which they consider...

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The “Gladiator” is an entertaining film that meshes historical ideologies and cultural norms with a fictional chronology and dramatized actions. While most of the characters in the film were real historical figures, the plot combines many of the eras into one, reaching as far as the Gracchi brothers to Commodus....

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Dr. Strangelove continues to receive raving reviews from movie-goers and critics. The film features unique elements of genre and cinematography, offering a lot of material to discuss. However, a few features stand out as most pertinent to this review and the moral implications of the film. Many scenes take place...

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Mental illness is not only better understood and better treated today than in the past, but it has come to be viewed as nearly mainstream in popular culture. One of the most fascinating issues concerning mental health and mental illness is how we draw the boundaries between behavior that is...

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Themes in Gangs of New York Gangs of New York is a Martin Scorsese film that portrays racial, class, and group warfare at its pinnacle. The film captures the avarice and violence of the mid-1800s that plagued New York and other major cities at the time. This is a time...

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Life of Pi is a movie surrounding the adventures of Pi, an Indian man who gets lost at sea after the sinking of a Canada bound ship he and his family was aboard. The entire story is a retrospective where Pi, now older, is telling a reporter about his life...

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