Film Analysis: Hua Mu Lan

Please write a response paper of two pages double spaced (about 500 words in Times New Roman 12 Font) in which you present a critical reading of one film of your choice that we studied in this class so far. Also called a précis, this is an opportunity for you to write a brief, clearly-focused short essay to present a well thought-out, structured argument and analysis in concise style. You may choose to focus on any one of the films we have covered in this course. Study and analyze that visual text carefully, decide what you want to say about it, and then create a close reading of the film. In your discussion, you should elucidate the subject matter, key themes and significance of the film, as well as the literary-cinematic technique(s) the film-maker used to create this work of visual art. It is important to understand the historical cultural context within which the film was created, and you may consider the impact of specific scenes and cinematic techniques upon the viewer. You must also engage and cite at least one relevant secondary scholarly source in your discussion of the film. When submitting your paper, be sure to include a title page featuring your name and the title of your paper, which should encapsulate the key focus of your analysis. You should also include a correctly-formatted list of works cited at the end of your essay, which may be on the third page. Your paper will be evaluated according to five criteria: 1. The quality of your central argument in the first paragraph of your paper. 2. The quality and substance of your analytical discussion of one film. The evidence you present in this analysis should substantiate your central argument. 3. Your engagement and citation of at least one secondary source of critical scholarship. 4. The organization, structure, clarity, and style of your essay. 5. The format and correct use of citation conventions in your essay. Please use either the MLA Manual or Style of the Chicago Manual of Style for citations. Also include a correctly formatted list of works cited at the end of your essay.