A Romantic-Comedy and Real Internal Concerns

Paper by Genesis Anahi Garcia Zetino.

“Sleepless in Seattle” is a romantic comedy directed and cowritten by Nora Ephron in 1993. The film can be expected to be another click flick movie that does not have anything else to offer than a romantic story with a happy ending. However, “Sleepless in Seattle” (Nora Ephron, 1993) offers a narration of real-life concerns that anyone can relate to. Even though the film can even be predictable, that does not change the emotions that the viewers may feel through its form, style, and cast. For that reason, “Sleepless in Seattle” (Ephron, 1993) was positively received when it was released in 1993, and even nowadays it still gets the same positive reaction from viewers. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the film had an audience score of 75%. In addition, it was nominated in the 66th Academy Awards and won Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Song (TCM). The film addresses serious themes in a digestible way due to its narration, cinematography, and music included. The themes are not addressed in an explicit way, but it allows the viewers to analyze them deeply. The story involves

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Politics of History, Representation, Responsibility in JoJo Rabbit, Prelude to War, and Downfall

Paper by Taylor Garman.

When viewing a political film, it’s important to understand the responsibility that the filmmakers have regarding the historical accuracy of the film. This is especially true with the historical accuracy and the interpretations of the portrayal of historical characters in films. Three political films about World War II that each portrays Adolf Hitler in very different ways are Prelude to War​ (1942), ​Downfall​ (2004), and ​Jojo Rabbit​ (2019). The respective portrayals of Adolf Hitler in each of these films are meant to make the audiences consider all sides to Adolf Hitler, reminding them of his human nature, rather than the obvious monstrous person he is remembered as. This is not to say that Adolf Hitler was not a bad person, as he was sadistic and inhumane; however, he was a human just as the rest of us are. This is especially shown through the dialogue and the mannerisms of the different portrayals of Hitler in each of the films and especially understood when the historical accuracy and the biases of the films are considered.
First, it’s important to understand the impact that political films have on

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