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?

Tues 10/2
In class watching of Anatomy of a Hitchcock Scene

  • What did the viewing of your peers’ analyses make you consider more deeply about Hitchock’s ideas about cinema and filmmaking techniques?
  • What about the way your peers’ structured their pieces did you enjoy?  What did it make you consider in regards to the structure of your own video essay?

HW:  Notes on The Musical and Chapter 12  for Thursday’s class

Wed 10/3
In class watching of Anatomy of a Hitchcock Scene

  • What did the viewing of your peers’ analyses make you consider more deeply about Hitchock’s ideas about cinema and filmmaking techniques?
  • What about the way your peers’ structured their pieces did you enjoy?  What did it make you consider in regards to the structure of your own video essay?

HW:  Notes on The Musical and Chapter 12 for Thursday’s class

Thurs 10/4
finish Anatomy of a Hitchcock Scene

  • What did the viewing of your peers’ analyses make you consider more deeply about Hitchock’s ideas about cinema and filmmaking techniques?
  • What about the way your peers’ structured their pieces did you enjoy?  What did it make you consider in regards to the structure of your own video essay?

Unit Overview

Introduction to Hollywood form and content

Fri 10/5
Reviewing presentation on google classroom

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 presentation on classroom

Mon 10/8
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?

Tues 10/9
Drop

Wed 10/10
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

Thurs 10/11

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”

Fri 10/12
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

Mon 10/15
cont. Dancer in the Dark

HW:  response on classroom

Tues 10/16
cont Dancer in the Dark and final discussion

HW:  reading and annotating interviews with LvT

Wed 10/17
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

Thurs 10/18
finish Dancer

100 Cameras documentary and preparing for the Socratic Seminar on Monday

Fri 10/19
Drop

Mon 10/22
Overview of assignment

  • What is a critic?
  • What is this assignment asking you to do?
  • What language is effective in a review?

HW:  Proposal

Tues 10/23
Starting the essay and conferencing based on proposal

HW: Continue drafting

Wed 10/24 
Continue drafting and conferencing

HW:  Bring in a printed copy of your draft.  Draft must include introduction and three body paragraphs at least.

Thurs 10/25
Continue drafting and conferencing

Fri 10/26
Peer Review

Mon 10/29
Revising based on peer review

Bring in printed copy of draft for class on Tuesday