If these terms are new to you, don’t worry—they’ll be explained in the next section.
Analyzing film, like analyzing literature (fiction texts, etc.), is a form of rhetorical analysis—critically analyzing and evaluating discourse, including words, phrases, and images.
Or, like researching the author of a novel, you might consider the director, producer, and other people vital to the making of the film.
What is the place of this film in the director’s career?
What might the film say about the culture that created it?
What were/are the social and political concerns of the time period?), while an immaculate dress shirt and tie would suggest that the person is prim and proper.Continuing in that vein: Symbols denote concepts (liberty, peace, etc.) and feelings (hate, love, etc.) that they often have nothing to do with.For example, Frozen is often linked to the LGBTQ social movement.You might agree or disagree with this interpretation, and, using evidence from the film, support your argument.This handout provides a brief definition of film analysis compared to literary analysis, provides an introduction to common types of film analysis, and offers strategies and resources for approaching assignments.Film analysis is the process in which film is analyzed in terms of semiotics, narrative structure, cultural context, and mise-en-scene, among other approaches.Contextual analysis is analysis of the film as part of a broader context.Think about the culture, time, and place of the film’s creation.Having a clear argument and supporting evidence is every bit as critical to film analysis as to other forms of academic writing.Unlike literature, film incorporates audiovisual elements and therefore introduces a new dimension to analysis.