Film Theory Issue #1
Three Colors Trilogy
Each film in the Three Colors trilogy resonates a different feeling through the means of color, emotion and sensation. Explore how these emotional connections are established in these wonderful examples of art cinema.
Orientalism and Big Trouble in Little China
A film with magically flying guards and the chance of invincibility may have its roots hidden in the reflexive nature of Orientalism. Read on about the big messages behind this little film.
Cinema has the power to influence our emotions in a myriad of ways. From joy to sorrow, the messages film send to their viewers is a site to behold. But this comes with its own set of challenges, sending messages to an audience that may or may not catch on. Look more into how film's message can be influenced based on a viewer's previous emotional experiences.
A Cinematic Battleground
Society relies on film genres to construct their expectations of what a certain kind of film is or should be. It is jarring to see when a film breaks our societal assumptions about genre, but that is what makes them note worthy. Learn more about some of the film's that divert from the assumptions of their genre below.
Feminism and the Art of Banality
The concept of the 'male gaze,' which has its founding in feminist theory, is analyzed through the lens of Sophia Coppola's Somewhere. This gaze is the perspective of how the film's main character views the world. Read on to discover how the male perspective can change in the mists of a new and unsuspecting environment.