Adapting Anne: Writing a Screenplay

Let me just start by apologizing for the length of both this post and the last post. This post is comprised of several sections of the short paper I wrote detailing my choices in writing my screenplay.

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Update 1: Post-Photography

During my six weeks in Potsdam and Berlin, I wanted to be able to focus my research into creating a final project examining the effect of imagery on the phenomenon surrounding Stunde Null. I think that using imagery such as that from films and from current/past postwar architecture can tell a powerful story about the conflicting ideas in German sociopolitical culture during the postwar period through to the collapse of the Berlin wall.

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Russian-American Relations: Update 2

At this point in my project I have almost finished my literature review! In my previous update I talked about trying to find more resources about Russian perceptions of Americans. I was not able to find much, but I did find an article written by a Russian news source that argued Russians thought the negative portrayal of their country in Hollywood films was comedic. It discussed the frequency of horrible Russian accents and grammatical and spelling mistakes. Additionally, the article argued that the consistent representation of Russians as antagonists to Americans was positive for Russia. The author stated that it proved Russia’s importance on the international scale and that the United States still thinks of Russians as real threats. While this article was published on a news site that has sometimes published propaganda from the Russian government, I think there is some weight to the logic it offers.

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An American in Paris, a Romanian in Bucharest – Background

A Little Bit of Background

After over two months, I have finally returned home, suitcases full of books, photocopies, and digital records collected during my time abroad. During my ten days in France and six weeks in Romania, my research led me through two old European capitals – Paris and Bucharest – and to their crown jewels of national libraries, but it also led me to the banlieue of Carrieres-sur-Seine, marked by La Defense on the horizon. It led me to the towns of Brasov, Varatec, Busteni, and Sinaia nestled in the Romanian Carpathians. It led me through small streets and book shops, to both academic journals as well as popular press books intended to bring the issue of the EU’s future to the very citizens who would be living it out.

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