About the Scholar: Pioneer Scholar Qianyi is from Beijing, China, where she attended Beijing No. 4 High School International Campus
Most of us have seen at least one movie that falls under the category of “film noir” – dark, gritty crime dramas featuring bitter detectives, femmes fatales, and urban underworlds. In order to chart the development of film noir, Qianyi’s paper examines themes of fatalism and pessimism in three noir films: Double Idemnity, Taxi Driver, and Chungking Express. Her paper finds that by the 1980s and ‘90s, noir films started to replace themes of fatalism and pessimism with powerful characters with positive messages to share. This developmental arc helps viewers appreciate this genre’s capacity for growth and innovation.
Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.