This is your chance to do your own close analysis focusing on this week’s required screening. Answer one of the prompts below regarding the use of cinematography in Touch of Evil. Your response should be between 300-500 words and should include minimal plot summary. Assume that your reader has seen the film but please do set up specific scenes with a sentence or two if you plan on discussing them in depth. It’s often helpful to focus on a specific scene or shot for careful detailed analysis as a means of supporting a larger claim. Please be sure to proofread, use specific terms from lectures/readings when relevant, and review the included rubric!

1. How does the use of cinematography in this film help create/build tension? Be sure to draw on specific characteristics of the film’s cinematography to support your claim.

2. How does the film’s cinematography shape how we come to understand Police Captain Hank Quinlan (e.g. his allegiances, motivations, actions, misgivings, etc.)? Be sure to draw on specific characteristics of the film’s cinematography to support your claim.

3. Make your own claim about how the use of cinematography in this film affects our experience as spectators. For example, you might explore the ways in which the film’s cinematography shapes which characters we feel sympathy for vs. who we are positioned against; how cinematography informs the way we make sense of specific narrative developments; how the cinematography affects the film as a political text; etc.

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