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 happened in their past? How do you know this?
A number of ethnic groups are represented in this film. How do each of the following ethnic groups interact?
What type of a neighborhood is Bedford-Stuy?
How hot is it? How do people try to escape the heat? In general, how do people respond when the weather becomes near unbearable?
What do you think is going to happen next?
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...