Questions and answers


Question one: How sexual orientation is represented in thefilm and how it is influenced by time and place in the film, TheMaltese falcon of 1941.

Gays and homosexuals were hardly seen in American movies since the1890s to the 1960s. The homosexuals in The Maltese falcon wererepresented as pathetic and ridiculous. Homosexuals are not madeexplicit in this film due to the social and political attitudes thatexisted at the time of this film’s production. The government hadput stringent measures on the explicit scenes showing gays andhomosexuals (Phillips, 2009). This seldom and laughablerepresentation of the gay people and homosexuals in the film wasinfluenced largely by the time of the production of the film and theplace it was produced. America had just put more stringent measureson film producers on how to depict homosexuals in their films. Thesocial and political attitude in the place was also influential inthe way homosexuals were represented in the film.

Question two: when and where the film was made and the effectsof the political attitude at the place and time

The film was made in the United States in 1941 when there werestringent measures on the exposure of homosexuality on films. Therewas a political and social attitude against homosexuality and itsspread in America at the time of the production of the film. Therewas a revision of the production code by the law makers throughpolitical pressure which place strict restrictions on the filmmakersover the explicit exposure homosexuals in their films. Despite therebeing numerous gays in the film, The Maltese falcon of 1941,it is abundantly clear that the there are very few homosexuals whoare exposed in the film (Phillips, 2009). The political attitude inthe 1940s was against the culture of homosexuality and that is thereason there were restrictions on their exposure or their behaviors.The time and place this film was set led to various restrictions onnumerous scenes where homosexuals would have featured. The politicalclimate and the existing regulations restricted the explicit exposureof homosexuals and any other sexual or romantically physical scenes.

Question three: lessons from the article

It is clear from the article that the Lord of the rings isthe first part of a trilogy that has been long awaited by theaudience. It is also clear from the article that film is based on abook. A deeper analysis of the article indicates that most of thebooks may not be acted into a film (Lord of the rings, 2002).However, it is possible to act a book into a successful film. It isalso abundantly clear from the article that the film has hobbits andthat the story of the film involves a quest and a journey for bothgood and evil (Lord of the rings, 2002). Whereas the idea oftransforming Lord of the rings into a film was opposed by somepeople, it is clear from the article that the casting of the film wasexceptional. Films that have outstanding casting might attract theservices of lead actors. The presence of the hobbits in theforeground was an element that attracted numerous fans. The puttingastride of the hobbits by tall characters in the film did not go downwell with some fans.


Phillips, W. H. (2009). Film: An introduction (4th Ed.). New York,NY: Bedford/ St. Martin’s. Ch10. pp. 494-500

Lord of the rings. (2002). Australian Screen Education, (29), 140.