Film-Establishing Theme, writing homework help

Jun 5th, 2017
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In the film "Unforgiven" by Clint Eastwood, list and explain how three cinematic techniques and/or design elements have helped establish a major theme in that film.

In 800 to 1200 words

  • Describe a major theme of "Unforgiven" using evidence from the movie itself as well as other scholarly sources to support your position.
  • Identify at least three techniques (cinematography, lighting, acting style, or direction) and/or design elements (set design, costuming, or hair and makeup), and explain how these techniques and/or design elements contribute to the establishment of the theme. Reference particular scenes or sequences in your explanations.
  • State your opinion regarding the mise en scène, including
    • How the elements work together.
    • How congruent the design elements are with the theme of the movie.
    • Whether or not other techniques would be as effective (Explain your reasoning).
Note: Remember that a theme is an overarching idea that recurs throughout the plot of a film. It is the distilled essence of what the film is about, the main design which the specific scenes and actions lead a viewer to understand.

Your paper should be organized around a thesis statement that focuses on how the elements of your chosen feature-length film both establish and maintain one of its major themes.

The paper must be 800 to 1200 words in length and formatted according to APA style.

You must use at least two scholarly sources to support your claims. Cite your sources (including the feature-length film) within the text of your paper and on the reference page. 

Tutor Answer

(Top Tutor) Fabiannn
School: Duke University



A Critical Insight into the movie Unforgiven




The purpose of the present paper is to provide a brief analysis of Clint Eastwood’s
famous Unforgiven (1992). As shown, the film serves to the purpose of reassessing the public’s
perception of the American West, not only in historical terms but also in an autobiographical
context for its director and star, namely, Clint Eastwood.

The movie Unforgiven portrays William Munny, who is an old killer who decides to take
one more job years after he had turned to farming (Eastwood, 1992). The film is meant to serve
as a revisionist Western that can take viewers at a time when gunslingers have lived passed their
prime. The revisionist aspect of the movie is suggested by the presence of several techniques,
including the direction of the movie, the acting style, and the makeup. As explained in the
following paragraphs, these elements do not merely allow the viewers to contrast two different
perspectives on the same character or story, but also to make analogies that can help the viewers

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