Black Swan’s movie review applying media literacy techniques
Texts: BODY SHOTS: Hollywood and the Culture of Eating Disorders
Refer to Introduction thru Chapter 2 for definitions of media exposure effects, screen identification, screen idealization, influence of celebrity culture.
EATING DISORDERS (Keel) Refer to Ch. 5 for review of media and eating disorders.
I. Select one of the popular film genres discussed in Chapters 3-6: action blockbuster, makeover movie, comedy/“rom-com” (romantic comedy) or “teen pic.”) Apply the media literacy techniques used in these chapters to analyze a film of your choice in terms of the following:
a. What message does the film convey about the body which could affect the body image formation of the spectator?
b. How might it specifically affect the eating and exercise behavior of the spectator?
c. Given what you have learned about risk factors for eating disorders, who would be most vulnerable to the effects you note in parts a. and b. above? (key factors: body ideal, body dissatisfaction, body stigmatization).
Be sure to support your answer with your own observations about the film’s construction:
Narrative structure (plot); casting; costumes and lighting; camerawork, soundtrack, etc.
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