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Structure: The introduction should identify the film or films you interpret and the relevant production and reception history. Your central argument should be stated clearly in the first paragraph, and that thesis should indicate the structure of the rest of the paper. Your second paragraph should summarize key information about the film or films necessary for your subsequent set of claims and evidence. The rest of your paper should conduct your argument and demonstrate your evidence, both in terms of film interpretation and your use of secondary sources. Pay attention to the combination of image, action, editing, sound, dialogue, and narrative logic that constitute the film or films. This close reading should incorporate the use of secondary sources: reviews, academic essays, news stories, books, on-line posts. Finally, the conclusion should not summarize your argument—that is what introductions are for—but should clarify the consequences of your argument. What is the payoff for film, criticism, or audiences? Format: 6 – 8 pages not including works cited, double-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman, 1” margins, sources cited in MLA style, works cited page. Suggested research: Pay attention to the approaches of critics read in our class in analyzing specific films, and review the close viewing practice and terminology of the scene description and analysis assignment as well as the article summary and analysis. Read external reviews available on the Internet Movie Database and salon.com; consult the library for relevant books and scholarly journals both in print and available on-line; consult with me to use my books; search the internet, particularly www.imdb.com and the library databases JSTOR and Project Muse.