|Mass Media Theme|
|Over the course of the next
few Weeks we will explore the relationship between movies and culture. The
films selected span the century and focus on a variety of topic. Because
this is an English Literature class, we will analyze each film closely. On
movie day, take notes on important scenes always looking for symbolism in
lighting, use of color, background/setting, dialogue, weather, time, etc.
In addition, you need to write down 4-5 “telling” quotes from the cast of
characters, including the character’s name. At home, type up your notes
and then choose one scene, quote or symbolic element to analyze in depth.
First describe the scene or copy down the quote and speaker IN ITALICS.
Then write a paragraph (5-7 sentences) analyzing the significance. You are
graded on the quality of your analysis as well as the class discussion.
5/17 -The Wizard of Oz (Periods 4 & 5)
5/18 - Class discussion
5/21 - Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (periods 4 & 5)
5/22 - Class discussion/Teamstock Introduction
5/24 - Hitchcock
5/25 - Discussion/Teamstock Preparation
5/29 - Dr. Strangelove (periods 4 & 5)
5/30 - Class discussion
6/1 - American Graffiti (periods 4 & 5)
6/4 - Class discussion
6/5 - Pretty in Pink (periods 4 & 5)
6/6 - Class discussion
6/7 - Teamstock Prep
6/8 - in class Film Analysis
6/11 - Final exam study day
6/12 - Final Exam Review Final Teamstock Prep
6/14 - Teamstock & Team Final Exam
The Wizard of Oz (1939) G - 1 hr. 41 min
Follow the yellow brick road to the Technicolor world of Oz in the grandest children's entertainment ever conceived. Kansas farm lass Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) and dog (Toto, too!) team with three iconic, comic characters -- Ray Bolger's loose-limbed Scarecrow, Jack Haley's emotional Tin Man and Burt Lahr's whimpering Cowardly Lion -- to face off against the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) and her still-scary flying monkeys.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Unrated - 2 hrs. 9 min
James Stewart is perfectly cast as Jefferson Smith in one of director Frank Capra's best films. A naïve Midwesterner and junior senator, Smith journeys to Washington full of ideals and comes face to face with widespread corruption and cynicism -- but refuses to be discouraged. The film's climactic battle of wills on the floor of the United States Senate is sure to move the most jaundiced soul.
Dr. Strangelove (1964) not rated – 1 hr. 33 min
An insane general starts a process to nuclear holocaust that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop.
North by Northwest (1959) not rated - 2 hrs. 16 min.
Alfred Hitchcock, The Master of Suspense, presents a 3000-mile chase across America! An advertising executive is mistaken for a spy and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.
Pretty in Pink
If you are absent on the day of filming it is your responsibility to watch it at home. On film day you must arrive in D-1 promptly and ready to take notes. You are to analyze significant scenes
Musical Periods (Choose one):
Components of Presentation(4 -5 minutes with musical selections play throughout):