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TAFILM 307 - Professor Silva: Women in Film

Assignment 1

Assignment One/Women in Film/ 4-5 pages/ 40 points (possible 5 pts. bonus)

Choose a film that contains roles for women and watch it. Please answer the following questions in your essay.

  1. Identify the name of the film, the director and the year the film was made. Briefly explain the plot of the film.
  2. Analyze the film for the themes and messages about the role of women in American society.
  • Are there stereotypes in the film?
  • Are there overt messages concerning the role of women?
  • Are there hidden messages?

Support your analysis with examples taken directly from the film.

Bonus Questions if you chose a film directed by a woman:

  1. Are there any stylistic elements in the film that you could possibly contribute to the fact that the director was a woman (without using stereotypes).
  2. In what ways might the film be different if a man had directed it?

Women in Film