Comparison of Film Language and Historical Fact


  • Katherine Kowalewski Mount Royal University



Film language is an important aspect of analyzing film. Film language is the term used to break down the aspects of movies to develop the deeper meanings being communicated to the audience. The following essay studies three areas of film language in these historical movies: 12 Years a Slave, Nanking, and Frida. These three films will be examined through their use of dialogue, cinematography, and metaphor in the characters' actions. The essay compares the similarities and differences in the three films and offers a deep analysis of each film individually. Furthermore, a historical understanding is developed from the messages conveyed in the films. It is concluded that the movies share a similarity in their use of dialogue to convey character development. However, the difference in the three films is portrayed in their use of metaphor in the characters' actions to communicate various messages to the viewers. Through the study of the three historical films, we develop a greater understanding of the historical messages they express and a deep appreciation of the intricacy of the film industry.

Author Biography

Katherine Kowalewski, Mount Royal University

Bachelor of Elementary Education with Minor in Humanities - Second year.