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  • Am Beauty Keynote

    1. 1. For Next Time 2/22 Think about this: - How would you define “The American Dream” as it relates to you. -- Consider the treatment of “The American Dream” as portrayed in Citizen Kane, The Grapes of Wrath, and American Beauty. Consider any parallels found in Charles Foster Kane, Tom Joad, and Lester Burnham. Consider the contrasts. Be ready to discuss and present next time. Read Wikipedia article on Elia Kazan (http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elia_Kazan) View On The Waterfront
    2. 2. American Beauty (1999) What are your expectations based on the trailer? Does the trailer suggest any motifs?
    3. 3. American Beauty (1999) What are your expectations based on the trailer? Does the trailer suggest any motifs?
    4. 4. Director- Sam Mendes American Beauty was his first movie. He was previously best know for his work in the theatre. He achieved major success with his revival of Cabaret in 1998.
    5. 5. Director- Sam Mendes American Beauty was his first movie. He was previously best know for his work in the theatre. He achieved major success with his revival of Cabaret in 1998.
    6. 6. Screenwriter- Alan Ball (born May 13, 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an Academy Award-winning screenwriter, director, producer and occasional actor, who is best known for writing the screenplay for the Oscar-winning film American Beauty, and for creating the HBO original drama series Six Feet Under. Sam Mendes- Director Alan Ball- Screenwriter Steven Spielberg- Producer
    7. 7. Cinematographer- Conrad L. Hall (June 21, 1926 - January 4, 2003) was a top-billed Hollywood cinematographer and three-time Academy Award-winner. He received three Academy Awards for Best Cinematography: for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), American Beauty (1999), and Road to Perdition (2002)
    8. 8. Look Closer
    9. 9. Look Closer
    10. 10. Lester Burnham imprisoned
    11. 11. Lester Burnham imprisoned
    12. 12. Look Closer! ............. at the beautiful things we yearn for and spend our life chasing.
    13. 13. Motifs and Devices
    14. 14. Reflections
    15. 15. Reflections Extensive imagery through reflection
    16. 16. Reflections Extensive imagery through reflection
    17. 17. Reflections
    18. 18. Reflections Extensive imagery through reflection
    19. 19. Reflections Extensive imagery through reflection
    20. 20. Reflections Extensive imagery through reflection
    21. 21. Elevated and submerged camera angles.....
    22. 22. Elevated and submerged camera angles..... Artistic cinematography
    23. 23. Elevated and submerged camera angles..... Artistic cinematography
    24. 24. French Farce Continual infusion of comic elements by the filmmaker
    25. 25. French Farce Continual infusion of comic elements by the filmmaker
    26. 26. Foreshadow
    27. 27. Foreshadow
    28. 28. Motifs
    29. 29. Motifs Family photos
    30. 30. Motifs Family Music photos
    31. 31. Motifs Family The color Music photos red
    32. 32. Motifs Family The color The dinner Music photos red table
    33. 33. Motifs Family The color The dinner Music photos red table
    34. 34. Motifs
    35. 35. Motifs Music
    36. 36. Motifs Music The color red
    37. 37. Motifs Music The color The dinner red table (2)
    38. 38. Motifs Music The color The dinner Contrasts red table (2)
    39. 39. Motifs Music The color The dinner Contrasts red table (2)
    40. 40. Motifs
    41. 41. Motifs Contrasts
    42. 42. Motifs Contrasts More red
    43. 43. Motifs Contrasts More Hands red
    44. 44. Motifs Contrasts More Hands red
    45. 45. Motifs
    46. 46. Motifs Contrasts
    47. 47. Motifs Contrasts More red
    48. 48. Motifs Contrasts More Hands red
    49. 49. Motifs Contrasts More Hands red
    50. 50. Motifs
    51. 51. Motifs Hands
    52. 52. Motifs Hands
    53. 53. Ricky “springs” Lester from his prison and becomes his “personal hero.”
    54. 54. Ricky “springs” Lester from his prison and becomes his “personal hero.”
    55. 55. Motifs Ricky’s Camera
    56. 56. Motifs Ricky’s Camera
    57. 57. Motifs Ricky’s Camera
    58. 58. Motifs Ricky’s Camera
    59. 59. Motifs Ricky’s Camera
    60. 60. Motifs Ricky’s Camera Jane’s epiphany
    61. 61. Motifs: family photos, contrasts, red
    62. 62. Motifs: family photos, contrasts, red
    63. 63. And then..........
    64. 64. And then..........
    65. 65. American Beauty The filmmakers, overtly and covertly, advise us to look closer. Consider this concept as it applies to your assigned character, in each component listed below. Provide specific examples from the film to support you assertions. •What is our initial perception of this character as he or she is introduced in the film. •What is the result when we “look closer” at the character? •What is the character seeking in his/her life? •Does this motivation change during the progress of the film? How? Why? •Discuss the impact of any of the film’s motifs on the development of the character.

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