Stylistic analysis and interpretation of a scene :The Bicycle Thief (Vittorio De Sica, 1948)
For your term paper, complete a stylistic analysis and interpretation of a scene. Select one scene of three to five minutes in length from one of the films selected during the full course. You can pick any film listed in any of the Units. Use the following questions to assist you: Complete a shot breakdown chart of the scene you have selected. Below is a sample (at least 30 shots). Introduction: Provide background information on the film you have selected. You will need to do some research for this. Who is the director? When and where was this film made? Is it related to a film movement? What kind of film is this: a documentary, experimental film, fictional narrative film? What genre(s) might this film fall into? Provide any other relevant information about this film? Thesis statement: This is your argument. The thesis statement should explain the relevance of the scene you have selected. How does it connect with the rest of the film and its narrative? What is the importance of the scene and its relation to other scenes? Is it a major turning point? How does the scene support the film’s theme(s)? Part 1: Write a brief description of the selected scene. Explain what is so important about the succession of shots that comprises the scene? Analyze (don’t just describe) the shots’ mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing, acting, and sound. How do these stylistic elements work together to create emotional and intellectual effects? Discuss how the shots work together and separately: How is meaning created and imparted to the viewer? How do the shots convey information and characterization? Why might these particular shots have been used? What gives them impact? How is meaning built up in the scene? Part 2: How does this scene relate to other scenes; think of the form of the film. How does the scene relate to the theme you have selected to focus on? How does the scene relate to the form of the film? Is it part of a repetitive pattern? Part of the development of the film? Explain the scenes relation to the theme created through the form. How does the scene relate to the Narrative? Is there a 3-act structure? How does it relate to the character goals? Does this film follow a Classical Hollywood Narrative? Where does your scene fit into this narrative? Conclusion: And, lastly return to your thesis by broadening your scene analysis to the rest of the film. Explain the significance of analyzing this one scene. Explain why analyzing this one scene is important in the interpretation and analysis of the film as a whole. Citations: You are expected to do research for your paper, so follow MLA style for all your citations. Extensive quotes, of three lines or more, should be indented and single-spaced. You should include your source whether you use direct quotes or summarize an argument. This includes information from the course reader, lectures, and discussions. Citations should include the author’s last name in parentheses followed by the page number. If you provide the author’s name in the text, you need only include the page number. At the end of the paper, you will need to include a list of works cited. Shot Breakdown: In addition to the 7-9 page paper (at least 2,300 words), provide a shot breakdown for the scene you have selected to analyze – in list, column, or table form – that includes the following information. You can create this as a list (look below) or as a table. Shot number (you will assign each shot a number). Mise-en-scene: Describe the setting, the props, the lighting, the costumes, etc. Cinematography: camera distance (e.g. LS [long shot], MS [medium shot], CU [closeup]....). Is the camera moving or is it stable? Is the lens wide or long? Editing: describe the editing? Is it following a classical Hollywood structure? Is it fast-paced? Acting and dialogue: is the acting convincing? Does the diagloue provide insight into the themes? Sounds, Music, Narration and/or Titles: Describe the diegetic and non-diegetic elements of the film.