Film represents a unique and oft disorienting lens into the ideas and narratives that permeate our society. Ideology and narrative/rhetorical power has been a constant thread in our class so far, and nowhere perhaps can these ties be seen stronger than in the cinema. Your act of film consumption is never just a simple act of consumption, there lies something more.
For your final project in this class, you will be asked to watch one of the films below and to attempt to identify themes and ideas within the works, both in its aesthetics and in its narratives, that link with some of the thinkers we’ve discussed in class thus far. The films available to be chosen from are as follows (in chronological order):
A Bug’s Life (1998)
Office Space (1999)
The Great Gatsby (2013)
Lego Movie (2014)
Sorry to Bother You (2018)
*(Think about an economist or school of thought that is connecting to it, because that is the main goal)
*(There is no minimum of authors or schools of thought. School of thought is more general, so sometimes that is more helpful or sometimes there will be a combination of school of thoughts or economists).
The structure for the project will be loose, to give you the space to be creative and have fun with it (or as much as you are able). Each project, however, will have to have at least the following aspects:
- A brief summary of the plot of the movie and relevant information (when it was filmed, director, etc. . . )
- A description of the economist/school of thought that you see as relevant to the movie
- A description of the themes in the movie that match with your chosen economist/ school of thought(Also make connections and illustrate them).
- Two examples of specific scenes that reflect your chosen economist /school of thought
Your projects will be done during the last week of class on Wednesday, August 4th. Have fun, relax. Your grade will be comprised of creativity, identification of themes and elaboration, clarity, and effort.
- Clearly outline and summarize the film
- Present the ideas in the film that connect with the authors
- elaborate on the concepts and discuss how these ideas strengthen the films content
- Double spaced Times New Roman
- MLA format (1” margins)
- 5-7 pages
Thinkers (economists/ school of thought) we’ve discussed in class thus far are,
*The classical economist which are people from Adam Smith (Thomas Malthus, Karl Marx, and John Stuart Mill).
*Individual school from marginalist revolution (people like Marshal, Leon Walras, and William Stanley Jevons).
*Keynes economist people who started to do macroeconomics.