Fellini’s Angel

Paper by Ann G. Avery.

La Dolce Vita was directed by Federico Fellini, and was filmed in Rome, Italy in 1960. Fellini’s masterpiece has been associated with neo-modernism, subsequent to the neorealism movement. It could be said that La Dolce Vita is an avant-garde film which would fit best in the comedy-drama genre, although I believe it occupies its own genre. According to Zach Zimmerman, “La Dolce Vita encapsulates the high modern movement in film, being an art film in every sense of the word, especially as it was made under the direction of the auteur. In producing La Dolce Vita, Fellini attempted above all else to craft the film into a piece of high art.” Fellini wrote his own rules in filmmaking; it is was his independent spirit which created the triumph of La Dolce Vita.
While some might mistake La Dolce Vita’s epilogue for a sentimental endnote; its implications are far more. The finale pulls the threads of the film’s theme together to reveal their meaning with masterful subtlety.

After a long night of revelry, the partygoers stumble onto the beach at dawn. There, they encounter a large sea monster

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Million Dollar Dinosaur: Jurassic Park, The High-Concept Film, and its Financial Impact on the Hollywood Film Industry

Paper by Jessie Reid.

Dinosaurs have been extinct for 65 million years, but their reintroduction in our universe, (cinematic), has not resulted in an expected fear and chaos, but rather awe and excitement. The return of these toothy predators to the society of man has indeed returned them to the alpha status they once enjoyed, but instead of dominating the lands they once roamed they have returned to financially dominate the ideological institution known as the Hollywood film industry. The High-Concept film, with its reemergence in the mid-twentieth century, has revitalized the Classical Hollywood format, resulting in a prosperity that perpetuates the white capitalist patriarchal system as the preeminent ideology that defines the major motion picture films that captivate movie audiences worldwide.

The High-Concept film method in all of its minute details, has brought a new prosperity to the business of cinema. As Justin Wyatt asserts in his informative book, High-Concept: Movies and Marketing in Hollywood (Wyatt, 1994). “Positioning high-concept as a kind of style of filmmaking in the contemporary film industry has implications for understanding not only the determinants of commercial filmmaking, but also film historiography. Indeed in terms of

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