Bonnie and Clyde - Before You Watch: Discussion Questions
Who are some typical American heroes/heroines? What qualities define the American hero/heroine?
How does the media sensationalize current events? Can you think of a recent example?
Look up the word potency in your dictionaries. How does this word relate to a) sex b) power? How are sex and power related?
What was the accepted role for women in the 1930s? How did this role begin to change in the 1960s? How has American society coped with these changes?
Consistently, in American culture, we run into the idea of people trapped by social class. In what ways are poor Americans trapped? Do you believe in the American ideal that if people work hard enough/try hard enough, the can overcome their personal backgrounds? Did people generally believe this in the 1930s? What about the 1960s? Today?
In you opinion, who or what is responsible for violence in American culture? Do you believe that the American media encourages violence? If so, in what ways is this true?
This movie deals with a number of crucial American themes/issues. Make sure you understand these ideas and can discuss the following: poverty, the Great Depression, independence, rebellion against authority, sex and power, violence and the media, and heroism. Also, please remember these ideas as you watch the film.
Here are a few slang terms/idioms from the movie.
To level with someone to tell someone the truth honestly and directly
The law the police or the local authority
Ain't contracted form of am not/are not (dialectical)
To be in the money to be rich
Folks people, especially ordinary people
Ideas for Using Movie Previews - These days, it seems like every time you rent a video, you get to watch five or ten previews before the feature presentation. Maybe you're the type who fast forwards through this part of the tape....
Vertigo - Before You Watch: Discussion Questions - Discuss these questions with your group:
Do you have any phobias? Do you know anyone with phobias? How do these phobias effect them?
What is vertigo? Have you ever experienced vertigo? What...
Vertigo - Before You Watch: Vocabulary - Match each of the following idioms and expressions with its equivalent meaning:
____ 1. A man of independent means
A. To go crazy
____ 2. To crack up
B. It's really easy
Vertigo - While You Watch: Listening Activity - Here are some quotes from the movie Vertigo. As we watch the film, try to identify each of the following scenes. What happens in the scene? Where is it set? What happened just before? What happens...
Vertigo - After You Watch: Discussion Questions - Alfred Hitchcock / 1958
How does the fact that Scottie has vertigo direct the course of events in this film?
Who is Scottie in love with? Did Madeline ever really exist? Do you think she was...
Dead Man Walking - Before You Watch: Vocabulary - Criminal Law and the Death Penalty
Use the following words to fill in the sentences. You will have to change the verbs so they agree in tense and number.
1. Repeat offender
14. To try
Dead Man Walking - While You Watch: Listening - Dead Man Walking
Directed by Tim Robbins (1995)
Starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn
Note: This film is based on the book Dead Man Walking by Sister Helen Prejean, chronicling her life as a...
Dead Man Walking - After You Watch: Discussion -
Matthew Poncillet and Sister Prejean seem very different. What bonds them together?
How is religious imagery used in this film?
How does this film show the Death Penalty as a political...
East of Krakatoa - Before You Watch: Discussion - Ring of Fire: An Indonesian Odyssey - Part Three: East of Krakatoa
With your group, discuss the following:
Where is Indonesia? Why is this area of the world called the Ring of Fire? What do...
East of Krakatoa - After You Watch: Discussion -
How did living in a highly volcanic area effect the spiritual beliefs of the people of Indonesia?
Who was the goddess of the south seas? How did people interact with her? Who was her husband?...
In-Class Assignment: Film Reviews - You're the Critic
After we watch the movie, two students will be chosen at random to be film critics. Here's how it works: after the movie, the whole class will be given 10-15 minutes to prepare...
Film Survey - Answer the following questions individually:
What kind of movies do you generally prefer? (You can pick more than one.)
Do the Right Thing - After You Watch: Discussion -
How were Martin Luther King's and Malcom X's beliefs different? How is the photograph of the two of them important in this film?
Which character did you identify most with? Why? (Support your...
Do the Right Think - Halfway Through: Discussion -
Spike Lee presents a number of characters and develops them over a very short period of time (a Saturday in summer). Discuss the following characters. What is each character's life like? What has...