CLASS EIGHT Chapter 3, 6 Review “Lion in Winter” ClipGenre Discussion: “Dead Man” Discussion Board
Chapter 3-- Review Chapter 3: Between Cultures We have been reading non- fiction, fiction and poetry in our units; Chapter 3 also has drama: “Los Vendidos” a short play By Luis Valdez (p 144)
Chapter 3-- ReviewDrama is similar to fiction, except that it usually is performed on a stage.Drama has roots extending back as many years as poetry, and is interconnectedwith poetry-- drama uses dialogue, monologue and action to get it’s pointacross, and the best written ones are described as ‘poetry’. Watch the following clip from “Lion in Winter”
Chapter 3-- Review“Lion In Winter” is what is known as a ‘period piece’. Can we describe theelements of this style of film?1. Discuss the language: how is it different from other ‘period pieces’?2. The story is based, somewhat loosely, in history: does this make it more effective? Why or why not?3. Based on our clip, is this film compelling (something you might watch on your own?)
Chapter 3-- ReviewIn his short book On Acting, playwright Arthur Miller made the following observation:“We spend more time in our day listening to actors than we do to so called ‘real people’. We are watching the news, movies, TV programs, politics, etc. All of which employ acting techniques.” Do you agree with his assessment?
Chapter 5-- ReviewIn order to prepare for active viewing of our movie, on p. 286-287 is a list of terms: Title Setting P. Antag. Conflict Change Protag Opening Point of View Concluding Images
“Dead Man” & Genres It’s been said that there are no new plots: only variations on a theme.This is how character-driven fiction has carved new space in literature, and film.“Dead Man” is a film that parallels it’s source material (literature), but tells a story within the confines of the Western genre, using a surrealist text by Henri Michaux, whose quote begins the movie: “It is preferable not to travel with a dead man”.
“Dead Man”The “Western” genre has some conventions: what are they? Setting: Hero: West (US) Sheriff / Desert, wild ‘Shootist’ + forest friends ‘Shootist’ Villain: Thief wins, moves or Killer(s) / on…leaves corrupt friends official Showdown: Main st. at Noon
“Dead Man”Michaux’s Plume, and his travel book Ecuador, closely parallel “Dead Man”:Plume: “tractable”, naïve, totally impervious with an absurd knack for walking intocompromising situations, (Suarez 106).Ecuador: …Set in an uncertain geography, where trajectories are hard to ascertain.…The narrator complains of having been born w/ a small hole in his chest, where thereis “hatred, terror, and helplessness”, (Suarez 109).“One begins to die when one no longer makes sense as a social being,” (Suarez 111).Blake is … “both already dead…and still dying… dead to his former self, which hasbeen overwritten by other identities, and failing in his search for a role that may keephim alive by making him somebody again,” (Suarez 113).
Discussion Board: StatusStats: Saturday Class (7995) : 82 posts total / 16 people posted (17 total) for Poetry;Fiction Stats: 12 posts / 3 people posted (4 total) for videos, and fiction favorites.Thursday Class (7766): 109 posts total / 18 people posted (19 total) for Poetry;Fiction Stats: 2 posts / 0 people posted (1 total) for videos, and fiction favorites. Due by Class 9