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Research or Analysis Paper Assignment


This paper will be a short (approx.  7 page) research or critical analysis project exploring some facet of American film history.  The focus of this paper can be a film, a filmmaker, a film studio, or a film genre.  Your choice of topic and development of the structure of the paper will occur in the following stages:


Due February 9:  Hand in a list of three possible topics for this paper.  Pose your topic in the form of a question your paper will answer (example:  “How does I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang exemplify Warner Bros. style of the early 1930s?”)



Due March 15:  Develop your preferred topic as a brief, preliminary outline.  Turn in at the same time an initial bibliography.


In the case of the I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang example, the outline might look like this:


1.  Who ran Warner Bros. in the early 1930s?

2.  What characterized the studio’s style?  (What types of films did the studio tend to make?  What did these films look like?  What subjects and genres did the studio favor?  What production units were delegated to work on what particular kinds of films?)

3.  Why did the studio develop I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang?  Who worked on the production?  When did work on the film occur?  How did it fit into the studio’s overall production schedule?

4.  How did I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang turn out?  Where and how specifically does the film show itself to be a Warner Bros. product?


Completed paper due:  April 10