Short Paper One

31 Mar

Short Paper One

This paper will be about Social Classes and how American films represent them using the information found in this class 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.

  1. Choose at least two American films that represents more than one class. One film should have been produced prior to 1960.  One film should have been produced from 1980 to the present.  They can be from any genre.
  2. Answer the following questions.
    1. What do you consider your own class standing to be and why?
    2. Do you see class representation in the movies you watched in ways that match accurately your own experience of class? Explain your answer.
    3. Do you see any stereotypes about class or certain members of a class in these movies?
  3. Create a “Films Mentioned” section at the end of your paper and use the “Style Guide” found in the Syllabus content.


Short Papers – Use the following Style Guide in “Films Mentioned” section at the end of each of the two Short Papers. Points will be lost if the film information is not at the end of your papers.


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.


The Final Project is to use a proper citation according to the style you are using when writing your two papers, the bibliography in stage two and the Final paper. For example, if you are using Chicago style it should look like this:

Title of Work. Format. Directed Firstname Lastname. Original Release Year. City: Studio/Distributor, Video release year. Medium.

Joe Versus the Volcano. Directed by John Patrick Shanley. 1990. Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video, 2002. DVD.


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