H Representing Gender in Film

Essential Questions

  • What constructs your identity?
  • What are the types of representation of male and female as well as masculine and feminine in film?
  • How has cinema constructed masculine and feminine types?
  • What impact do these representations have on the individual in society?

Mon 4/22
What is your identity?  What is it made up of?

  • Identity mapping–what are all the components that make up your identity?
    • Write “me” in the center and draw lines out to all the things that make you “you”
  • Reflecting on your identity
    • What three words best describe you?  Why?
    • Would others choose those words?  What would they say about you?
    • Is there a difference between what the world sees and what you feel inside about who you are?
    • How about the future you?  What words do you want to describe the future you?

Intro to Gender Lens

  • Representations of masculinity and femininity in film

HW: For tomorrow’s class: Read What’s the Difference btw a Selfie and a Self-portrait? and Newsworthy Topic from TL

Due Friday: Creating your own portrait.  Based on the writing you did today about yourself and self-portraits, you will create your own self-portrait (your first in a series of 12).   NOTE:  the self-portrait does not need to a photograph.  You can use painting, sculpture, or collage to abstractly represent the self.  Your only directive is to consciously make decisions in how you choose to represent yourself.

Tues 4/23

Newsworthy Topic Discussion TL

  • Viewing self-portraits
  • Think about a film that spoke to you OR was targeted for you.  What were the representations in that film?  Was there a character that you identified with?  What was it about that character?  Was it their emotional outlook?  Their physical appearance?  Both?  Describe the representation in that film.
  • Representations of masculinity and femininity in film

Film noir overview

  • The Story of Film-Film Noir (13. 47-37.31)
    • What is film noir?

Clips of film noir and addressing the gaze

  • How does the scene include elements of the film noir genre?
  • What ideas about the gaze and representations of gender are applicable to the film?

HW: Newsworthy Topic reading JD

Wed 4/24
Newsworthy Topic JD

cont. film Noir and overview of presentation assignment

  • The Story of Film-Film Noir (14.52-37.31)
    • What is Italian Neo-Realism
    • What is film noir?

Thurs 4/25
Viewing Films

  • Double Indemnity (225)
  • The Big Sleep (221)
  • Gun Crazy (223)
  • Out of the Past (212)

Friday 4/26
Finish viewing film and working on group presentation

Viewing Film

*CM and MH Newsworthy Topics due

Mon 4/29
*MH Newsworthy Topic Discussion

Tues 4/30
*CM Newsworthy Topic Discussion

Gallery of Selves

  • Self-portrait series assignment

Finish viewing film and working on group presentation

  • Additional readings about films

Wed 5/1
Drop

Thurs 5/2
Presentations of film noirs

HW: What the Movies Taught Me About Being a Woman

Fri 5/3
What the Movies Taught Me About… writing prompts

Intro to Casablanca (1942)

  • How and why does Curtiz use film noir elements?
  • How does Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) fit and not fit the femme fatale?
  • How does Rick (Humphrey Bogart) fit and not fit the role of the fated, flawed film noir male and the traditional Hollywood male?
  • In what ways is this a more traditional Hollywood film?
  • What is the representation of masculinity and femininity here?  How are those representations “working”?
  • What concepts of the gaze apply to this film?

Mon 5/6
Intro to Casablanca (1942)

  • How and why does Curtiz use film noir elements?
  • How does Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) fit and not fit the femme fatale?
  • How does Rick (Humphrey Bogart) fit and not fit the role of the fated, flawed film noir male and the traditional Hollywood male?
  • In what ways is this a more traditional Hollywood film?
  • What is the representation of masculinity and femininity here?  How are those representations “working”?
  • What concepts of the gaze apply to this film?

Tues 5/7
cont. Casablanca 

Wed 5/8
finish Casablanca

Preparing for the Socratic Seminar

Thurs 5/9
Socratic Seminar

Fri 5/10
Intro to Godard, New Wave, and Breathless

HW:  due Tuesday Semester 2 participation reflection

Mon 5/13
Drop

Tues 5/14
Breathless

Wednesday 5/15
Breathless

HW:  preparing for seminar

Thurs 5/16
Socratic Seminar for Breathless

Fr 5/17
Final gallery of selves