They are used liberally in both literature and film, and finding them uses a similar process.
Does it align with his usual style of directing, or does it move in a new direction?
Other examples of contextual approaches might be analyzing the film in terms of a civil rights or feminist movement.
All of these things may be absent in literature, but they are deliberate choices on the part of the director, producer, or screenwriter—as are the words chosen by the author of a work of literature.
Furthermore, literature and film incorporate similar elements.
Keep in mind that any of the elements of film can be analyzed, oftentimes in tandem.
A single film analysis essay may simultaneously include all of the following approaches and more.
For instance, the first appearance of the gloves is in Act One, while their abandoning takes place in Act Two; thus, the story progresses in such a way that demonstrates Elsa’s personal growth.
By the time of Act Three, the Resolution, her aversion to touch (a product of fearing her own magic) is gone, reflecting a theme of self-acceptance.
This handout provides a brief definition of film analysis compared to literary analysis, provides an introduction to common types of film analysis, and offers strategies and resources for approaching assignments.
Film analysis is the process in which film is analyzed in terms of semiotics, narrative structure, cultural context, and mise-en-scene, among other approaches.