Movie Essays: Film portrayals, whether they be historical or satirical in nature, offer a perspective on past or current events that may enhance your understanding of our topics. In three units, you will watch a film (you will have a choice for each unit) and write about how the film affects your understanding of our topic, where it diverges or agrees with our readings, how it relates to or refutes the current national news, and the message it presents. Films denoted with a * or ** are available from the IUP Library and/or on reserve. Please visit the Circulation desk at the Library to request materials. Please note, the materials are only available for a three-hour hold to allow others to access the materials as needed.Some films are available on Netflix, some on Amazon Prime, some on iTunes, some on YouTube, and others available on-demand. As access to these movies via online sources changes regularly, I have no way of knowing what is available when and on what format – it is your responsibility to research this and utilize the information for your benefit. As each unit has movies readily available in the library at the Circulation Desk on reserve for this class, I expect that you will be able to access these easily and without cost.
For one film per unit, write a creative 1-2 page typed in Times New Roman font, double-spaced, essay in which you integrate: (1) The film, (2) our readings, and (3) current events. You will turn in your essays via D2L. Please use spell-check, grammar-check, and review your work prior to turning it in. You will cite your sources using APA format. Papers are due by 11:59 p.m. on April 28, 2020.
For each film essay, please address the issues below. Your essay will be required to include:
Grading rubric will be as such:
Identified film chosen, date observed: 0-1 points
Cited sources using APA format: 0-3 points
Identified political messages of the film, provided examples (character, event): 0-2 points
Identified how film relates to readings, provided examples (chapter, reading): 0-2 points
Identified how film relates to current events, provided examples (news, events): 0-2 points
TOTAL: 0-10 points
Movie Essay 3 due by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, 2020!
3: The Outputs of Government
Chapters 15-17, American Government 2e
Unit 3 films: choose one
Primary Colors (1998)
All the President’s Men (1976)
A Mighty Heart (2007)
The Ides of March (2011)
The War Room (1994)
City Hall (1996)
Wag the Dog (1997)
Man of the Year (2006)
Thirteen Days (2000)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Game Change (2012)
The Last Hurrah (1958)
Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)
Left Behind America (2018) – online at PBS Frontline https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/left-behind-america/
Poor Kids (2017) – online at PBS Frontline https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/poor-kids/
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