Hollywood vs. Indie & Foreign Cinema

Overview
Following the introductory unit on the language of cinema, this unit introduces the concept of different modes of cinema by examining Hollywood production and independent and foreign cinema forms. The purpose of this unit is to understand the construction and modes of production of each type, while further introducing some important works in film history.  You will be able to compare and contrast the genres in a culminating essay.

Essential Questions

  • What are the different approaches to cinema in and out of the Hollywood system?
  • How do directors adapt genre forms to say something new?
  • What is the power of cinema?
  • Why write?

Mon 10/2
Unit Overview

Introduction to Holllywood form and content

HW:  Notes on The Musical (at the end of the packet) and Chapter 12 Historical Changes in Film Art: Conventions and Choices, Traditions and Trends (Sections up to French Impressionism)

Tues 10/3
Note Review

The Story of FilmAn Odyssey

  • 38.00-end
  • Contextualizing Singin’ in the Rain and the musical of the 1950s

Start Singin’ in the Rain

  • What do you notice about its construction?
  • What aspects do you enjoy?  What aspects do you not enjoy?
  • How does this film contribute add to the concept of Hollywood cinema?
  • How does it advance the concept of Hollywood cinema?

HW:  Finish notes on Chapter 12 Historical Changes in Film Art: Conventions and Choices, Traditions and Trends (all sections after Soviet Montage)

Wed 10/4
cont. Singin’

  • What do you notice about its construction?
  • What aspects do you enjoy?  What aspects do you not enjoy?
  • How does this film contribute add to the concept of Hollywood cinema?
  • How does it advance the concept of Hollywood cinema?

Thurs 10/5
Plagiarism discussion

cont. Singin’

  • What do you notice about its construction?
  • What aspects do you enjoy?  What aspects do you not enjoy?
  • How does this film contribute add to the concept of Hollywood cinema?
  • How does it advance the concept of Hollywood cinema?

HW:  Singin’ response on google classroom

Fri 10/6
Drop

Mon 10/9
continuing Singin’ in the Rain

HW:  Google classroom response: In our first unit, we looked at Vertov’s theory that the language of cinema is separate from the language of literature and the theater.  Does Singin’ in the Rain adhere to that idea or is its purpose separate from that idea about what cinema is?  Does the film use the language of the cinema or the theater?  What is its aim?  Explore your thinking in the response. In your response, discuss specific scenes and other film traits

Tues 10/10

Ms. Weeks at UConn conference

finishing Singin’ in the Rain (1.28)

Reading and annotating “Singin’ in the Rain: Winking at the Audience”

HW:  finish reading and annotating “Singin’ in the Rain: Winking at the Audience”

Wed 10/11
Breaking down the structure of “Winking to the Audience”

  • What is the purpose of the essay?
  • What does the author do in the introduction?
  • How does the writer use details from the film and other evidence to support her ideas?
  • What does the author do in the conclusion?

Introduction to Dogme 95

Start Dancer in the Dark

  • Where do you see the influences from Dogme 95?
  • Where do you see the influences from the Hollywood musical?
  • How is this film a reaction against or an advancement of the musical genre?
  • What might this film suggest about Hollywood film universality?

HW:  Initial impressions response on classroom

Thurs 10/12
cont. Dancer in the Dark

HW:  response on classroom

Fri 10/13
cont Dancer in the Dark and final discussion

HW:  reading and annotating interviews with LvT

Mon 10/16
from the reading

  • What are some of the main ideas to LvT’s concept of cinema?
  • What are his aims?
  • What’s your sense of him as a director?

HW:  Reaction to Dancer on google classroom

Tues 10/17
finish Dancer

HW:  Reading and annotating Oscar Wilde’s “The Critic as Artist.”  For your assignment, you are taking the role of the critic.  What does that mean?  What is the role of criticism?  What is the role of the critic?

Wed 10/18
Drop

Thurs 10/19
Overview of assignment

  • What is a critic?
  • What is this assignment asking you to do?

HW:  Writing the writing process reflection

Friday 10/20

Starting the essay – tomorrow for class you should have one of the following:

  • Introduction
  • Outline
  • Gathering of all the evidence you want to discuss
  • Freewrite

HW:  Full draft due end of class Monday

Mon 10/23
*Full draft due at the end of class printed
Use this period to revise, peer and self-edit, and PRINT (writing center or library)