Films Challenging the Status Quo Film Review by orise

Looks at the genre of films that challenge the status quo by using the example of Steven Spielberg's version of the "War of the Worlds".
# 149833 | 1,850 words | 8 sources | APA | 2011 | KE
Published on Jan 02, 2012 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Sociology (Media and Society)

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This paper explains the way that ideology, genre and auteur can be incorporated into a film so that the film is able to challenge the status quo in a clear manner enabling people to better understand the problem. Next, the author analyzes Steven Spielberg's 2005 version of the film "War of the Worlds", which was originally written as a warning about the increasing levels of technology in the modern world. The paper concludes that, in addition to being a the film that challenges the status quo, "War of the Worlds" demonstrates the presence of a signature style through its semantic and syntactic elements. Footnotes also are included in the paper.

Table of Contents:
Ideology, Genre and Auteur
The Importance of Ideology, Genre and Auteur
The Role of Author
Example: "War of the Worlds"
Impacts of Films

From the Paper:

"The role of the author in a film ensures that there is flow of narration. The role played by an author in a movie is very important because he is the one who comes up with the thoughts that are to be expressed in the movie and this means that when the author does not have a convincing way of expressing his thoughts then chances that the movie is going to be interesting are very minimal since the author is expected to come up with ideas that are more interesting and those that can catch the attention of the viewers. For a movie to be viewed as interesting, it must have consistency since this is what will portray the involvement and personality of its author. When a film has been produced and people do not have much to say concerning it is boring because this means that it has not attracted their attention but when it has a lot of criticism then it is evident that the movie has captured the attention of the intended viewers and through this then it is evident that the work of the author of the script has been appreciated.
"When discussing about a given film or a certain genre of movie, it is very important to look at the importance of auteurism since all the events that take place within a film should be the concern of its author."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • John, L (2005). War of the worlds: from Wells to Spielberg. Galactic Books, New York
  • Douglas, N (2006). War of the Worlds: New Millennium. Tom Doherty Associates, New York
  • H. G. Wells (2008). New Oxford Progressive English Readers: Grade 4: 3,700 Headwords the War of the Worlds. Oxford University Press, United Kingdom
  • Barry, K (2003). Film genre reader III, Volume 3.University of Texas Press, Texas
  • Barry, K (2008). Auteurs and authorship: a film reader. Blackwell Pub, University of Michigan

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