Read Writing about Movies, “Cultural Analysis,” 55–100.

Select a film released after 1920 from my Letterboxd list of New York City films and answer the following questions about the film you selected.

  1. How does the film represent certain characters according to one of these cultural analytic dimensions?
    • socioeconomic status
    • gender
    • race, ethnicity, national origin
    • sexual orientation
  2. What genre does this film belong to? Which two characteristics make it so?
    • story formulas
    • themes
    • character types
    • setting
    • presentation and iconic imagery
    • stars
  3. What does this film tell us about the society and culture of New York City at the time the film was made?