Your midterm paper will be a 4-5 page comparison of an original film and a remake (such as The Manchurian Candidate that we watched in class).
You are to compare and contrast their similarities and differences, and make evaluations of the relative effectiveness of both. You also want to pay attention to portrayal of race, gender, politics, religion, and other culture markers in both versions, and determine how each film reflects the era in which it was produced.
Do some research into the making of each film, including the historical milieu in which they were produced, and use that to guide your analysis. You must use at least one source from each of the following: a book, a professional journal, and a news article. An Internet database source may be used, but not all sources can be from the Internet. Use the library. Citations and a reference page are required.
Grades will be based on clarity of thesis, ideas, language, and strength of argument, along with structure, grammar, and degree to which you demonstrate an understanding and synthesis of concepts discussed in class. At a minimum, you must outline the main points, do some basic research on any references, and present any questions that you might have about the text or the issues it raises. Be critical, rather than passively accepting, readers; media theory is very much a work in progress.
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