Field: History – American history
Short Paper Two
This paper will be about Race and how American films represent them using the information and addressing the questions below. The paper should be 2 -3 pages, double space, 11-12 point font. Title pages, graphs, pictures and the “Films Mentioned” section will not count toward the length of the paper.
Think about your own national, ethnic, or racial heritage. To what extent does it shape your personal identity? Share your thoughts.
Choose at least two American films that represents your national, ethnic, racial heritage, or personal identity. One film should show this in a positive light and one film in a neutral or negative way? The films can come from any era and genre.
Answer the following:
Describe how the films depict your national, ethnic, racial heritage, or personal identity. Compare and contrast the films.
Do the films help define or to construct a national identity and what is that national identity?
Title. Year. Director(s). Screenwriters (This would be those who wrote the actual screenplay). Starring (Include the names of at least the top three billed actors/actresses). Note any awards the director, screenwriter(s) or stars won after their names. Awards: (Any Awards and Nominations for the film not already mentioned. If there are any Oscar or Golden Globe awards or nominations, those are the only ones you have to include. If there are other awards, such as film festival awards, you may mention those). Genre. Rating.
See example below.
Amadeus. 1984. Director: Milos Forman (Oscar). Screenplay: Peter Shaffer (Oscar). Starring: F. Murray Abraham (Oscar), Tom Hulce (Oscar Nomination) and Elizabeth Berridge. Awards: 1985 Oscar for Best Picture with four other Oscars and two other nominations. Genre: Biographic, Drama, Music. Rating: R.