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Department
Film Studies
Course
Film Studies 1020E
Professor
Barbara Bruce
Semester
Spring

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Week 20: Rhetorical Documentary Clips shown in class: Prelude to War (Capra, 1942) “Meat and You: Partners in Freedom” from the “Lisa the Vegetarian” episode of The Simpsons  (Kirkland, 1995)) The rhetorical formal system is a type of filmic organization in which the points support and create  an argument, it is also called essayist (as it uses similar form to constructing an essay) ­ film presents a persuasive argument and lays out evidence to support ­ rhetorical documentaries attempt to persuade Four basic attributes: 1. addresses the viewer directly, trying to move him or her to a new intellectual conviction, a  new emotional attitude, or to action 2. the subject of the film will usually not be an issue of scientific “truth,” but a matter of opinion 3. if the conclusion to the argument cannot be proven beyond question, the filmmaker often  appeals to our emotions, rather than presenting just factual evidence (ex. a pacifist film will  show people suffering war where a pro­war film will show people marching in national pride­  Vimy ridge monument. etc.)  4. the film will often attempt to persuade the viewer to make a choice that will have an effect  on his or her everyday life Conventions of the classical documen
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