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English Film Essay

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Biography/Historical Drama Assignment

Biography- A biography or simply bio is a detailed description or account of a person's life. It entails more than basic facts (education, work, relationships, and death) - a biography also portrays a subject's experience of these events. Unlike a profile or curriculum vitae (résumé), a biography presents a subject's life story, highlighting various aspects of his or her life, including intimate details of experience, and may ...view middle of the document...

Some historical dramas are docudramas, which attempt an accurate portrayal of a historical event or biography, to the degree that the available historical research will allow.

We have watched the film Gandhi which describes the historical events surrounding the man Gandhi who was born on October 2nd 1869 – and died on January 30th 1948. The film covers Gandhi's life from a defining moment in 1893, as he is thrown off a South African train for being in a whites-only compartment, and concludes with his assassination and funeral in 1948. Although a practicing Hindu, Gandhi's embracing of other faiths, particularly Christianity and Islam, is also depicted.

Your Assignment: You have a chance to make a film about a historical figure (a person in history).
Who would you make your film about?
Why would you choose this person?
What parts of their life would you show in the film?

Write a one page (4-5 Paragraphs) essay (standard format: introduction, body, conclusion) about which famous historical figure you would make your movie about. Include your reasons for wanting to make a film about this person and which parts of their lives you would want to include in your film.
The assignment is due in class Tuesday September 10th.

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