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Renaissance & the Humanities in the Cinema

Hello Brainmass OTAs,
I need to do the paper below. I would really appreciate it if you can help me. I write the full assignment below -

Each theme of the unit features several Internet sites, selected for their completeness and relevance. For this theme we have selected:

1) All about Mona Lisa, by the Friends of Mona Lisa.
2) We can't do da Vinci and leave out Michelangelo. This site has just about everything you could want to know about him with dozens of links to his art.
3. How would you teach Shakespeare's Hamlet to school children? Through cartoons, of course. Check it out (it would be nice to see Mel Gibson's movie Hamlet first).


Yes, you can see movies for your grade! Send me a short report . Here are some suggestions:


SHAKESPEAR IN LOVE= Shakespeare has writer's block but love overcomes all. Learn a lot about Renaissance theater, gender roles, petty politics, etc.

DANGEROUS BEAUTY= Life (and how!) in Renaissance Venice -- I quote from the DVD jacket: "Passion, seduction, betrayal ... a scandalous love story"

THE GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING= The movie tries to imagine the story behind Vermeer's (Dutch painter) moving portrait. Haunting scenes of 16th century Netherlands.

THE AGONY AND THE ECSTACY= Charlton Heston plays Michelangelo as he tries to get the Sistine Chapel finished on time and struggles with the Pope all the way. An oldie but a goodie.

BOCCACCIO'S DECAMERON= The famous Italian director, Pier Paolo Pasolini, tells it just like Boccaccio. Warning: strictly X-rated.

THE CANTERBURY TALES= Same director, same rating (this guy is going to end up in jail)

NEITHER DR. ANDERSON OR INTERAMERICAN UNIVERSITY TAKE ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CONTENT (but it is a great window into popular culture). Make your own and get extra credit a short video on da Vinci's machines and inventions using computer graphics Gutenberg! The Musical! No kidding it's on Broadway! Newton High School AP history class interprets Niccolo Machiavelli (some nice quotes). But he even comes off bad in the AP class a tourist shoots the Sistine Chapel with his cell phone (believe it or not it's just like this - noisy, crowded and hurried - but spectacular)

Then you are ready for the other learning activities (all those icons that clutter up the menu) - INTERNET ACTIVITIES, MOVIES, PLACES TO GO, MUSEUMS TO VISIT, YOU TUBE, HISTORICAL CONTROVERSIES, PRIMARY RESOURCES, WHAT IF? - not all appear on all the themes. You pick and choose what you want to do. Then you write a short report on what you have learned and post send it on your student journal (click Discussions, then click on My Journal and post your report there where I will give you feedback. You can also send me a copy by email and you should save yourself a copy on your personal computer).

Now, how do you get a grade? Your grade depends on the amount of work you are willing to do on the unit:

a report on what you learned (that would be 4-6 more reports for the unit or a grand total of 8-12 reports for an A on the unit)

A report should be about 75-100 words ( a line of print has about 10 words so 75 words is a long paragraph)

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Dear Student,
In order for me to help you with this assignment, I have come to analyse your post and aside from actual mini-analysis of the movies, you are supposed to try and create a short project in celebration of the Arts and Humanities during the Renaissance or the modern contemporary period. Please remember that Brainmass is here to help and guide you via advice and example only. You must create your own version for your final paper. Thank you for using Brainmass.

OTA 105878/Xenia Jones

A short discussion of the Renaissance

Modern & Contemporary Western Civilization harkens back to the period of establishment of Athenian philosophical thought via Socrates, Plato and Aristotle through to Pax Romana, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment and that period when modern nations came to be celebrating their own identities & independence after years of monarchical colonialism. In the following concise look at movies celebrating the Humanities of Contemporary Western Civilization, the philosophies and arts of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment is celebrated. To understand what the renaissance was about, let me explain -

"He is a Renaissance man," is a phrase that refers to one who is well rounded and expert in various fields of science & the humanities - one who strives for knowledge & enlightenment by not just reviving the Classics; a renaissance man they say is one who is determined to break the barrier, push for development a lot like the polymaths of the 'renaissance' as we refer to that flourishing & feverish period in Europe's History in the 14th to the 17th Centuries - Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello, Raphael & classical sculptor Michelangelo. Renaissance literally means 're-birth'. After the 'cultural stagnation' of to the Middle Ages (this is the popular opinion about the Medieval Period anyway) an attempt at reviving the Classics of Antiquity started in the 12th century in centres of the Hanseatic League of what today is Germany, early Gothic Art in architecture found its way to Cathedrals in France & Italy. The works of Plato, Aristotle, Virgil & the arts, sciences & architecture of the Greek civilization became of interest to Philosophers, artists, musicians & alchemists. Many however refer to this period as High Medieval Ages, that movement that brought about the full bloom of the Renaissance.

Short Movie Reports

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Solution Summary

The solution provides concise reviews of all the movies and literary work mentioned in the original posting (see long description). The solution tackles and explains the relevance of the Renaissance and the study of the Humanities in Western Thought. The solution is in the form of an essay following the APA-format. References are provided. A word version is attached for easy Printing.