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My Meaningful Movies I have enjoyed movies as long as I can remember. Those films which weave images and words into fabrics of meaningful themes appeal to me.
I would like to acknowledge my gratitude to the Bryn Mawr Film Institute for providing me the opportunity to expand my understanding of films. The plot of the movie will be discussed.
How far must people go beyond the limits of the law when individuals cannot obtain justice under the existing laws?
To explore this issue, the story is set during a period of racial turmoil in Mississippi in As the movie credits are displayed, there is a shot of two water fountains.
The next shot is of a building burning. We then witness the scene which initiates the confrontation between the local and Federal authorities. Three young northern civil rights activists, two white boys and one black, who were trying to get African Americans registered to vote in Philadelphia, Mississippi, drive a car out of town at night the attacks usually occur at night in the movie, accompanied by bass-driven thumping music, emphasizing the ugliness of the hate of these citizens which lies beneath the smiles displayed during the day.
They are chased off the road by pick-up trucks and a police car. Here we have a merging of the police, who are supposed to protect all citizens, with members of the Ku Klux Klan, whose racist agenda preaches the exact opposite of that protection.
We get a black screen, stressing the dark deeds, and we hear the other attackers whoop it up as they kill the other two activists. The issue of civil rights for African Americans was a primary concern at the time, led by black leaders, especially Martin Luther King, Jr.
The South had imposed Jim Crow laws to keep blacks subservient. Federal legislation passed in Washington, D. So, we then see FBI agents in a car in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of the three men. Agent Ward Willem Dafoea young, serious, by-the-book fellow, heads up the investigation, despite his youth, and his partner is Rupert Anderson Gene Hackman.
Anderson was a sheriff in Mississippi before joining the Bureau, and the two could not be more different. Anderson stops to say hello to the locals, showing how he is familiar with the need to act folksy in a place like this one.
Anderson tries to make Ward understand how a small town like this one works when Ward questions the police report. That is how insulated and entrenched in their beliefs the residents are. When Ward wanders into the segregated area, the intimidation is palpable because he violates the local rules.
Total silence descends on the establishment, and eyes focus on Ward.Learn about the most powerful screenwriting agents and the top 23 agencies in Hollywood from former MGM film executive Stephanie Palmer.
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Screenwriting - FILM S Marc Lapadula. It wasn’t until I met Marc Lapadula, Yale’s screenwriting professor, when I really started to get how it works out there.
I still write him all the time — he’s the best teacher I’ve ever had. I wanted to be a director, so I’m really glad I got such great schooling in screenwriting. Marc Lapadula graduated cum laude from the Univ. of Pa. in He studied Irish and English Drama at Exeter College, Oxford University and received his M.A.
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Marc Lapadula / Yale University Marc Lapadula is a Senior Lecturer in the Film Studies Program at Yale University.
He is a playwright, screenwriter and an award-winning film producer.