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Movies: How to Read Them Academically

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Transcript of Movies: How to Read Them Academically

Let's Practice: Discussing Film on a Literary Level
Go back to your list of films and pick 1
Answer the following questions:
Let's Practice with a Film Clip!
1. Observing Literary Aspects of a Film
These are aspects of film that are shared with literature
Plot, characters, setting, themes, POV, recurring images, symbolism
Look at your list & the reasons WHY you liked these films
Notice how a lot of these reasons are also literary elements you'd find in a story
This is because as students, you are comfortable with these terms for analysis; we constantly talk about these aspects in discussion, so you do that now with movies :)
2. Observing Dramatic Aspects of a Film
These are aspects of a film that are shared with live drama
Films, like plays, have actors portraying characters
There's dialogue, costumes, makeup, sets, directors, etc.
Look back at your list of 10 movies - did you write about specfic actors, directors, costumes and/or makeup designs you liked?
Let's Practice: Discussing Film on a Dramatic Level!
Look back at your list of movies to help answer these questions:
Let's Practice with a Film Clip!
Let's Start from the Beginning...
Before you can begin to view films for school, let's talk about how you watch movies on your own time.
List your 10 most favorite movies
Next to each movie, comt on what particular elements of the films you really liked.
Note: It might be difficult!
Movies: How to Read Them Academically
My List:
1.
Pulp Fiction
: love the non-chronological plot structure;
and Quentin Tarantino of course!
2.
Lord of the Rings
trilogy: fantasy at its best! Great acting
3.
Fight Club
: plot twist; <3 Edward Norton!
4.
Life is Beautiful
: beautiful plot; poignant ending
5.
V for Vendetta
: <3 a good societal rebellion; this movie has a
message!
6.
Saving Private Ryan
: great acting; heoric story
7.
Reservoir Dogs
: high levels of action, drama, comedy; great plot!
8.
Edward Scissorhands
: <3 Tim Burton & Johnny Depp; such a different type of story; beautiful music and set design
9.
Pride and Prejudice
(1996): Because... Colin Firth; also it reminds me of how much I <3 reading this story
10.
Life of Brian
: intellectual comedy about Jesus' life - makes
me happy I know about the history of Christianity!
1. Who are the characters in the film?
2. What's the film's setting?
3. Briefly summarize the plot (5 sentences max!)
4. From whose POV is the story told?
5. What is 1 theme from the film?
6. What is the mood (audience emotion) of the film?
7. What symbols did you notice in the film?
1. Who are the characters in the film?
2. What's the film's setting?
3. Briefly summarize the plot (5 sentences max!)
4. From whose POV is the story told?
5. What is 1 theme from the film?
6. What is the mood (audience emotion) of the film?
7. What symbols did you notice in the film?
1. Identify a movie you went to see just
because a certain actor/actress was in it.
2. Which of these movies would you say
had excellent acting? Why?
3. ID a movie in which the costumes,
makeup, or sets were effective or
unusual. Describe.
4. Sometimes we notice a film because
of a flaw. Can you ID a movie that stood
out because of a perceived "flaw" in
acting, costumes, makeup, and/or
sets?
1. Who are the actors in this scene?
2. Assess their performances. Are they
good? Bad? Why?
3. Describe the costumes, makeup, and
sets. Are they effective or unusual?
Describe.
4. Is there a perceived "flaw" in the acting,
costumes, makeup, and/or sets?
Describe.
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