Write an essay that analyzes the form of the film we screened in class. Your essay should focus on a specific theme articulated by the film and select a specific scene or set of scenes that you feel communicate the theme you’ve identified.

In explaining the form of the film, you should use some of the elements of form described in the textbook chapter on film form.

You can further limit your discussion to the following elements of form, as we discussed in class.

  1. Levels of Meaning

    • referential
    • explicit
    • implicit
    • symptomatic
  2. Five Principles of Film Form
    • function
    • similarity and repetition
    • difference and variation
    • development
    • unity/disunity


I will evaluate your paper on the following criteria:

Outside sources are not required for this assignment, but please cite the page number when referencing any passages from the textbook. For example:

According to Spadoni, referential meaning is “everything that the film visibly and audibly presents to us” (19). Although I didn’t like the film, I will resist evaluating the film in favor of analysis. Instead I will focus on “looking at film as a system of relationships and try to develop persuasive arguments about what that system is doing” (Spadoni 32).

Your paper should be about four-to-five pages in length and must be submitted as a hard copy in class on the date specified on the syllabus.