D.W. Griffith is credited with the invention (or the popularization) of numerous cinematic techniques and practices, including cross-cutting and the use of close-ups. Provide a detailed analysis of a scene in which one of the two – cross-cutting or the close-up – features prominently. Why does Griffith use the technique? How does it contribute to the meaning of the scene? How does it determine – if indeed it does – our response to the scene? How does the scene contribute to our understanding of the movie as a whole?
*My song is Express from Burlesque musical* Analyze and address the following questions fully:
• Give a detailed description of your interpretation of the setting of the scene – this will influence the style of choreography that you are including. Keep in mind locations – how much space will you have to dance? Will there be set levels to consider? Are there spatial restrictions? Are there costume or prop restrictions? If you are preforming this in the context of the musical you will have to have concrete ideas and opinions on all of these things (be EXTREMELY specific.)
• What is occurring in the musical at this specific moment?
• Where are the character(s)?
• What is the setting like?
• What time of day is it?
• What set or property element will this character(s) interact with?
• What is the feel of this location? (is it a happy place, dark place, cold place, etc?) These answers
will influence the style of moment and movement quality as well as expression the dancer will
have over the course of the piece.
• At what point in the overall musical is this song taking place? (is it a rise in action, the climax of
the musical, etc?)
• What is the purpose of this song in the overall story of the musical?
For this week, students will respond to the essay “EF’s Visit to a Small Planet: Some Questions to Ask About a Play.
The response is intended to provoke thoughtful analysis, discussion, questions, and creative & critical thinking from your fellow students, as well as expand on a thought, issue, or interest, from the assigned play. Your provocation is required to follow the following format
: 1) Identify a challenging idea or concept from the required play, using direct quotation or paraphrasing with citation, and offer a point of view about the idea or concept (do you agree, disagree, are you confused by the idea?, etc.)
2) ask a question based on that challenging idea or concept
3) Discuss that question making connections to the larger themes and ideas of the course
Was Rochdale a Good Idea?
David Yee’s play, Rochdale, presents Rochdale College in a comedic but very telling
light. Amidst all the play’s jokes, it shows the reader the genuine hellscape that was Rochdale
College and the terrible events that the governing council had to deal with on a regular basis.
Even aside from the drug dealers and other crashers that lived unchecked within Rochdale,
GovCon must deal with the deaths of the people that reside in the building. The “Bell Jar”
situation they deal with in the play is said to be “the third one this year” (Yee, 42).
My question is why on earth did the founders of Rochdale think this was a good idea?
I understand their drive make education more accessible, but didn’t they realize that by
providing free housing with minimal regulations that squatters would come in and take residence
without going through the proper channels? I don’t understand how people could even
realistically learn in an environment like that. The whole Rochdale project seems like a lost
cause from the start because those who wanted to start it didn’t think it through at all.
Yee, David. Rochdale. Playwrights Guild of Canada, 2021.
Yee, David. Rochdale. Playwrights Guild of Canada, 2021.
View the film-GIRL, INTERRUPTED (1999) & PLEASE TAKE NOTES FOR YOUR ANSWERS TO THE FIVE QUESTIONS/STATEMENTS BELOW. THESE QUESTIONS ARE PART OF THE GROUP FILM CRITIQUE PART #2 NOTE:All members of the group including the group leader, are to ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS INDIVIDUALLY.
1. Do you believe that this film has lessons within the storyline that could positively influence society or mankind? Give three of more specific examples from the film.
2. What do you think of the film? Do you like it or dislike it and why? Give three or more specific examples from the film.
3. Did the film meet the first criteria of a successful drama film:”Did the film allow you to suspend disbelief (was the film realistic)?” Give three or more specific examples from the film and state how you think the film was or was not realistic.
4. Did the film meet the second criteria of a successful drama film:”Did the film portray realistic characters in realistic settings, with realistic situations of heightened life (heightened life are things that do not happen every day)? Give three or more specific examples from the film of this critera.
5. Did the film meet the third criteria of a successful drama film:”Did the film have plots with extreme emotion and conflict that audiences can associate with?” Give three or more specific examples from the film of this emotion and conflict, and why you can associate such.
Girl, Interrupted is a 1999 American psychological drama film directed by James Mangold and starring Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea DuVall, Brittany Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Moss, Angela Bettis, Vanessa Redgrave, and Jared Leto. Based on Susanna Kaysen’s memoir of the same name, the film follows a young woman who, after a suicide attempt, spends 18 months at a psychiatric hospital between 1967 and 1968.
Girl, Interrupted began as a limited release on December 21, 1999, with a wide expansion on January 14, 2000. The film received mixed reviews from critics, though the performances of Ryder and Jolie received widespread critical acclaim and it has received more positive appreciation in subsequent years. Jolie won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.
Essay Prompt: Camilo, in Act 1, Scene 2, observes, To do this deed, / Promotion follows. If I could find
example/ Of thousands that had struck anointed kings/ And flourished after, I’d not do it.…* (1.2.355
358). This statement provides striking insight into the nature of power, authority, and government in
The Winter’s Tale. Answer the following questions in your essey.
How does the play define the relationship between a king and his subjects- what rights or
prerogatives do kings and subjects, respectively, possess, and what are their mutual
How does the play challenge hegemonic authority and hierarchical social relationships (e.g.
class distinctions, gender distinctions, etc.) through its depiction of the ways in which the
“powers-that-be’ treat its people, particularly women, and ultimately justifies its power over
How do individuals resist authority and to what extent does the play’s conclusion either
difirm or undermine their resistance?
* Thesis: Clearly-stated central thesis statement that is directly relevant both to the literan
work and to the essay prompt. The body of the argument must support your thesis
* Claims, Evidence, and Analysis: Any claims you make in your essay must: (1) be supported
by textual evidence from the literary work, and that evidence in turn, sustained by critical
analysis; (2) must be directly relevant to the thesis statement. Give at least five forms of
textual evidence from the work in questio
This week’s discussion will focus on the story of Antigone originally written by Greek playwright Sophocles. Please read the play Burial at Thebes, an adaptation by Seamus Heaney. After reading the play and watching the powerpoint presentation on Festival Theatre and reading the corresponding Chapter Festival Theatre pages 59-77 in your textbook, please post a discussion comment here. Much to discuss. Antigone vs. Creon, Ismene vs. Antigone, Hamon and Antigone, Creon and Jocasta – the play is composed of many pairs and the relationship between these pairs forms the interlocking dramatic networks of the play. What does writer and philosopher Albert Camus mean when he writes that, “Antigone is right. But Creon is not wrong”?
Do you agree with Antigone? Did you feel aligned with her and her decision to bury her brother, or did you feel more for Creon and his difficult choices as the head of state? What do you make of the fact that women in Greek society were essentially powerless and denied access to public life, and yet in this play, we encounter a central female character who is strong, forceful, and poses some of the play’s most challenging questions? Please discuss your responses to the play. Also, please find and attach an image from our current media/news/events that you feel represents some of the themes or conflicts in the play. Action items:
Post a discussion response
Attach an image
i will attatch a photo with the instructions its oretty simple! the link attatched is what movie the essay is based on!!
Write a essay about how religion tied into Greek theater and why they used to do plays
Use examples from the YouTube video “brief history of theater”
Discuss the role of the play-within-a-play in Act V of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Does the Pyramus and Thisbe story have any relevance to the main story, or is it simply a comical interlude? What effect does the craftsmen’s production of their play have on the tone of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a whole?
What role do Theseus and Hippolyta play in A Midsummer Night’s Dream? What is the significance of the fact that they are absent from the play’s main action?
Discuss how the “love” portrayed by the four lovers is very similar to the love among teens today. Be sure to cite at least three examples.
Gender issues are significant in this drama. What differences are there in the roles and behaviors appropriate to men and women? Do these gender differences still exist today, or are they examples of outdated stereotypes?
Puck was a minor character whose presence made a big difference in the plot. How did he accomplish this? What are some ways that his presence, however brief, altered the outcome of the plot? What would have happened differently if Puck had not been in the book at all?
Assassin (2015) YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3HIOgFSOfk&ab_channel=YouTubeMovies
OR Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon (2000) which was screened in class.
It can also be rented by via multiple platforms.
Seven Samurai (1954) (Kanopy) https://www.kanopy.com/en/product/118191?vp=sdsu
OR Hero (2002) which can be rented via multiple venues such as Amazon, YouTube and so on.
Here are some clips from the movie via YouTube.
Clips Hero 1-11 are available on You Tube
Please reference at least one of the films you have seen in the Warrior Section of our class so far.
In your textbook, pages 47-65, author William V Constanzo discusses three types of heroes:
“Men with Guns”; “Men with Swords” and “Enchanted Swords”.
The idea is to think about the films you have seen and look beneath the surface of the genre to determine what is being messaged. Is the message different or similar?
Compare any two of films that are discussed in these pages. You might want a classic western in your discussion, for example. The films you elect to compare can be in one category or in two different categories.
a) You can compare the Classic Western film’s elements to the Samurai or Wuxia film. b) You can also compare two Samurai films or two Wuxia films or c) lastly, one Samurai against one Wuxia film. The reading will help enormously in providing you with a baseline.
The idea is to think about the films you have seen and look beneath the surface of the genre to determine what is being messaged. Are the messages different or similar?
Assignment Prompt Part 1: Identify two elements to discuss that are different or similar in the two films you have selected. (2 points) This can be in point form.
Examples: You might discuss how the hero was created dramatically and cinematically. You might discuss the moral dilemma the heroes faced. Alternatively, the element you choose could be socio-political pressures that weighed on each hero and how they were similar of different? Maybe, you identify the central conflict as the “individual versus the collective” or explore another conflict.
Once you have clearly identified the two elements you would like to discuss, turn to the second part of the prompt.
Assignment Prompt Part 2: Here you will provide detail on the two elements you have chosen in terms of what their similarities or differences mean in terms of the message of the film against the individual character and/or the socio-political context of the film. (3 points). This can also be in point form.
Assignment Headings and Delivery
Please label your response with the headings “Part 1” and “Part 2”.
Delivery: Please submit your responses in the Canvas assignment portal for grading and also so it is visible to the class below.
Please double check that your work also appears in the grading portal (Should happen automatically.)