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What Was Sam Simon’s Contribution to The Simpsons?

Sam Simon helped developed the sensibility and character driven humor of The Simpsons.

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How Does Hitchcock Use “Rear Window” to Define Gender Roles in Cinema of the Time?

Rear Window employs every classic male/female gender stereotype in film of the era, but arguably uses its main characters to flip those perceptions by the end.

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Does Jeff and Lisa’s “Rear Window” Banter Parallel the Dramas Across the Courtyard?

All of Jeff's neighbors serve as variations of his own hesitancy about committing to marriage, and correlate with the discussions he has with Lisa about marriage and the future.

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In “Rear Window,” What is Hitchcock’s Attitude about Voyeurism?

Hitchcock praises the curious nature of human voyeurism. It’s a running theme in many of his films, but the central one of Rear Window.

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In “Rear Window,” What is Unique About the Use of Sound and Music?

All of the sound in Rear Window is diegetic, natural, ambient sound recorded to bring an authenticity to the set, and heighten the suspense of the story.

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What Inspired “Rear Window’s” Story?

Rear Window's inspiration came from Cornell Woolrich's short story It Had to Be Murder, as well as two real-life murders with similar circumstances to those depicted in the film.

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How Did “Rear Window” Choreograph the Actions of All its Actors Across Such a Large Set?

Small microphones and earpiece units were worn by all cast members so they could receive direction from Hitchcock across the set.

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In What Ways Does the Antagonist of “True Detective (Season 1)” Act as a Foil to the Protagonists?

Although they are pitted against each other, the protagonists and antagonists of True Detective (Season 1) might have more in common than they'd like to admit.

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Is Annie Hall Autobiographical?

Annie Hall can best be described as semi-autobiographical.

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“Closer”: Deep Down, Are We Really Animals?

"Closer" (2004), directed by the late Mike Nichols, starring Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, and Clive Owen, and based on the play of the same name by Patrick Marber, not only…

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Is James Cameron’s “Aliens” Really an Allegory of the Vietnam War?

While Ridley Scott’s "Alien" explores metaphors of rape and birth, James Cameron’s "Aliens" can be read as an allegory for the Vietnam War.

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How Accurate is “Bessie” as a Portrayal of Bessie Smith’s Adult Life?

Any biopic raises the question of how authentic the film was with its portrayal of the subject. A full examination would be extremely lengthy, but overall the consensus is that Bessie stays true to…

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