In the first thirty years of the cinema, between 1895 and 1925, there were inventors and innovators working on motion pictures throughout the world, often developing very unique approaches to the technical and creative aspects of the motion picture. As we have seen thus far this semester, cinema produced in one nation might be made for a different context than films produced in a different nation. And the purpose of filmmaking reflects or determines the stylistic conventions used in the making of a body of films.


  1. Select a film we have studied, either screened in class or on reserve, produced in a nation other than the United States.
  2. Analyze at least one, but no more than two, stylistic devices(s). Stylistic devices may include one of the following: narration, mise-en-scéne, cinematography, editing, sound.
  3. Relate the use of the stylistic device(s) to the national context in which the film was produced.

Your paper should be at least 1,000 words in length and should cite any research sources used, including the textbook, according to the specifications of MLA Handbook or the Chicago Manual of Style. You’re also free to use other style guides.

Suggested Films

All of the following titles are available at the Pratt Library MMS Media.

Soviet Union




The assignment is due on Tuesday, October 9. Please make sure that you both: