Casablanca (1942). Dir. Michael Curtiz. Runtime: 102â€™. Country: USA
Timbuktu (2014). Dir. Abderrahmane Sissako. Runtime: 97. Country: France and Mauritania
A 2-3 page (2 full pages minimum and 3 full pages maximum) short essay comparing the narrative structures of the first two films screened in class. Try to analyze the films in technical terms, using the terms covered in the lecture (5 or 6 terms from the lecture slides are sufficient) about narrative structure. The assignment has to be written in an essay format (no bullet points) and submitted as hard copy. Times New Roman, 12 pt font, double spaced, and standard margins.
Additionally, please note that:
- You are not expected to do any research or use external sources. You can use the readings as references and cite the sources if you are quoting directly from them. That said, you don’t need to provide definitions for the terms that you are using.
- I will upload my lecture slides under the modules section so you can use those for reference (if needed) as well.
- If you are citing sources, you can use whichever style (APA, MLA, etc.) your discipline uses most frequently and that you are comfortable with. Film studies uses MLA for the most part but just be consistent and you’ll be fine.
- There are no guidelines for formatting your papers (other than 12 pt font, Times New Roman, standard margins, etc. ) but once again, write the paper in essay format so there are coherent paragraphs that cover various narrative components of the films in a systematic way.
- You don’t need an elaborate introduction or conclusion since this is a short paper. Start directly with comparing how the two films approach storytelling.
- You don’t need lengthy plot summaries (limit summaries to 2-3 sentences). Address the films’ individual narrative components.
- Since this is a short assignment, you can’t cover everything. Just focus on whatever strikes your interest.
- Film titles are underlined or italicized. Pick one; be consistent.
- The first time you refer to the director, write his/her/their full name(s). For any subsequent references to the director, just use their last name. Also, you need to use the character names or the actor names consistently too. Ex: If youâ€™re writing about Casablanca, donâ€™t go back and forth between Rick and Humphrey Bogart, etc.