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A few Film Movements:

  • German Expressionism
  • French New Wave
  • New Hollywood
  • Italian Neo-Realism
  • Yugoslav Black Wave
  • Japanese New Wave

*there are many more!


Identify the Problem & Ask Questions

What is the cinematic context of the film?

How does the film contribute to the gradual development of narrative film technique over time?

What is the socio-cultural context for the film?

The audience should be able to answer these questions after your presentation!


    Assignment Specifics

    What is the best way to communicate the information?




    Items to be produced:

    • Documentary film script
      (15-20 minutes)
    • Presentation
      (include several film clips)

      Documentary Film Script

      Search Strategies

      • Locate and search appropriate resources
      • Vary search terms (don't use the same search terms over and over again)
      • Think of synonyms
      • Use Boolean searching
      • Use "quotation marks" to search for exact phrases
      • Be creative

      Some search terms to try:

      • significance
      • "historical context"
      • criticism
      • "cinematic tradition"
      • contribution
      • "narrative technique"




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        Free Online Resources

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        When you use someone else's words, work, thoughts, and/or ideas, you need to give the person credit. It doesn't matter whether you quote the person word-for-word or put it in your own words (paraphrase), you need to acknowledge where the words, work, thought, or idea originated. Otherwise, you are passing it off as your own.

        Be responsible.

        Be honest.

        Show integrity.


        Record Bibliographic Information

        Don't forget to record the following for each source you use:

        • Author/creator/director
        • Title of article, chapter, film, webpage
        • Page number
        • Name of magazine, newspaper, journal, book, website
        • Publication date
        • Name of subscription database (if used)
        • Format (web, print)
        • Date of access (if found online)


        • NoodleTools
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        Citation Resources

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