Choose one of the following five topics and write an 1150 word paper comparing and contrasting the two films. No mixing and matching of films between topics. 1150 words is the minimum AND the maximum for your paper.
Watch both films and take notes on scenes that stand out to you.
Choose one scene from each film that shows a similarity or connection between the films: theme, tone, visuals, character, dramatic situation, mise en scène,etc.
Write a close comparison of the two scenes that analyzes how each film handles the element you’ve chosen. Include timecode for each scene.
Choose one scene from each film that shows a striking difference between the two films: theme, tone, visuals, character, dramatic situation, mise en scène,etc.
Write a close comparison of the two scenes that analyzes the way each film differs from the other. Include timecode for each scene.
Do NOT include plot synopses, unnecessary verbiage or other filler in your essay. You will be graded down if you do.
Be sure to review the general instructions for the paper – see below.
TOPIC: Within Our Gates (Oscar Micheaux, 1920) and Imitation of Life (John M. Stahl, 1934)
Two movies about race and race relations in America.
In Imitation of Life a white woman (Claudette Colbert) and her Black housekeeper (Louise Beavers) go into business together and become wealthy and
successful. But they find their private lives in turmoil when Colbert’s daughter falls in love with her mother’s fiancé and Beavers’s light skinned daughter
abandons her mother because she wants to pass for white.
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