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International Film Comparison Paper
Watch Francois Truffaut’s classic 1959 film about adolescence The Four Hundred Blows. Then you
may choose from one (1) of the four other films below. After watching The Four Hundred Blows and
the film of your choice, use the knowledge you have learned thus far in class to compare and
contrast the two films.
• It will be up to you to come up with an argument that encompasses both films.
• You will need to compare and contrast several elements of the films, developing a multiperspective
analysis of local, global, international, and communication issues throughout the films.
• One other source besides Prince’s Movies and Meaning is required. You cannot cite IMDB or
Wikipedia. Do some research on the director of your film. If you have time to watch another of his or
her films, I encourage you.
• You will then write a 3-4 double-spaced page paper that analyzes and exposes what you learned
from the course about the given films.
As your paper will analyze films directed/written by people from different countries, it is crucial to
dissect how these filmmakers approach the elements of film making to tell a narrative. Some of the
elements to consider are, but not limited to:
• Film Structure
• Cinematography
• Design
• Editing
• Acting
• Sound
• Genre
• Visual effects
Make sure you explain each component you choose in detail and defend your arguments with
Be sure to write your paper in APA format citing the text when necessary. Include an abstract,
introduction, body paragraphs, conclusion and reference page. The paper will be submitted to the
Turnitin Dropbox on Canvas.
I will deduct points for poor grammar, informality of expression, and failure to comply with APA
style. If you don’t have a manual, find an online style guide.
Don’t be informal. You’re writing a paper, not a discussion. Don’t offer opinions that sound like social
media posts. Writing, “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown had incredible performances!”
will get you points knocked off.
Use topic sentences. These are the first sentences of your paragraphs, the organizing ideas. For
example: “Thanks to its use of deep focus and Walter Murch’s sound design, Apocalypse Now
recreates the experience of barely surviving a war in Southeast Asia.”
You must cite the Prince textbook and any relevant secondary sources. If you have seen movies to
which you can compare The Four Hundred Blows and the other film of your choice, also cite them.
Your paper will be richer if it demonstrates a familiarity with film as a cross-generational
To watch these films, you may visit the FIU Libraries Resource page and click on the “Kanopy
Streaming Videos” link. If you access Kanopy through the FIU Library,itis a free service. I suggest
using your FIU log-in info again for easy remembering.
Several public libraries have these films available for checkout on DVD or Blu-ray.
Netflix, Amazon, and other streaming services may offer them too.
Use IMDB or Wikipedia to read synopses.
• The Four Hundred Blows(1959), directed by Francois Truffaut (REQUIRED).
Then choose one (1) of the following:
• Ivan’s Childhood (1962), directed by Andrei Tarkovsky (Russia)
• Amarcord(1973), directed by Federico Fellini (Italy)
• The Wind Will Carry Us (1998), directed byAbbas Kiarostami (Iran)
• Lady Bird(2017), directed by Greta Gerwig (United States)
Your paper is to be written in an APA-Style format. This includes the following:
• 12-point font
• Times New Roman font
• Double-spaced
• 1-inch margins
• cover page
• reference page
• in-text citations
For more detailed instructions and information on how to write an APA-style paper, please visit the
Purdue Online Writing Lab. There is an extensive databank on how to incorporate in-text citations,
and properly format your references.


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