Monday, December 10, 2012

"Sunrise" Paper

As most of you probably know, this year I began my career as a full-time college student at the University of Oklahoma, where I'm majoring in Film and Media Studies. I have been taking an introductory course this semester, and one of the assignments was to write a short paper about a scene or sequence from one of the films we saw. I chose a sequence from F.W. Murnau's Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans for mine.

I think it's a good paper, and so (after making a few changes upon seeing the feedback it received) I'm posting it here for anyone who's interested to read. Hopefully this will also make up a bit for my failure to post anything substantial here since early September. (I wish I could say this is going to improve in the spring, but it probably won't. I will, however, be contributing to another website—in addition to This Was Television—this spring, so be sure to check back for a post about that early next year. Also, I may try to write reviews of a couple of new releases I plan on seeing over break, but no guarantees.)

The paper contains spoilers for the sequence in question (and for the film up to that point), as I go into great depth in my analysis of it. I also briefly mention and allude to things which happen later in the film, though no major plot points are revealed. So read at your own risk if you haven't seen the movie.

Hope you enjoy the paper (which you can view by clicking on this link), and feel free to leave a comment with any feedback you may have. 

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