Humanities – Film Studies
First Semester Schedule
Tues, Aug. 21: Class expectations; class intro H.W.: get permission signed (due 8/23)
Thurs, Aug. 23: View Casablanca; reaction/discussion of film. H.W.: film credits for City Lights; Collect permission forms
Tues, Aug. 28: View City Lights
Thurs, Aug. 30: Discuss the film. H.W.: reaction paper (City Lights); film credits for Mr. Smith
Tues, Sept. 4: Collect reaction paper group 1 (City Lights) Conference by Sept. 14; view Mr. Smith.
Thurs, Sept.6: Discuss the film. H.W.: reaction paper (Smith); film credits for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Tues, Sept.11: Collect reaction paper group 2 (Mr. Smith) Conference by Sept.21; view Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Thurs, Sept.13: Discuss the film. H.W.: film credits for Psycho; Group 2 Conference by Sept. 21
Tues, Sept. 18: view Psycho.
Thurs, Sept. 20: discuss the film; intro Final Project. H.W.: reaction paper group 1 (Psycho); film credits for The Graduate
Tues, Sept.25: Collect reaction group 1 (Psycho); view The Graduate;
Thurs, Sept. 27: Discuss the film. H.W.: reaction paper group 2 (The Graduate); film credits for Do the Right Thing
Tues, Oct. 2: Collect reaction paper group 2 (Graduate); view Do the Right Thing
Thurs, Oct. 4: discuss the film. H.W.: reaction paper (DTRT); begin Outline A choice, film credits for Taxi Driver
Tues, Oct.9: Collect reaction paper (DTRT); view Taxi Driver
Thurs, Oct.11: Discuss the film. H.W.: reaction paper (Taxi) & film credits for Rocky (both due 10/23)
Tues, Oct. 16: Collect outline A; Examples of Final Projects and work time
Thurs, Oct.18: Off
Tues, Oct 23: Collect reaction paper (Taxi); view Rocky.
Thurs, Oct 25: discuss the film. H.W.: reaction paper (Rocky); film credits for Thelma & Louise
Tues, Oct. 30: Collect reaction paper (Rocky); view Thelma & Louise
Thurs, Nov. 1: Discuss the film. H.W.: reaction paper (T&L); begin Outline B Choice; film credits for Philadelphia
Tues, Nov. 6: Collect reaction paper (T&L); view Philadelphia.
Thurs, Nov.8: Discuss the film. H.W.: reaction paper (Philadelphia) – due 11/15; film credits for ???
Tues, Nov.13: Collect Outline B Choice; view ????
Thurs, Nov.15: Collect reaction paper (Philadelphia); Discuss the film. H.W.: reaction paper (???); film credits for Good Will Hunting - both due 11/27
Tues, Nov. 20: Off
Thurs. Nov. 22: Thanksgiving
Tues, Nov. 27: Collect reaction paper (???); view Good Will Hunting
Thurs, Nov. 29: Discuss the film. H.W.: reaction paper (GWH) due 11/29; film credits for V for Vendetta (due 11/29)
Tues, Dec. 4: view V for Vendetta
Thurs, Dec. 6: discuss the film. H.W.: reaction paper (Vendetta)
Tues, Dec.11: Collect reaction paper (Vendetta). Begin Final Presentations
Thurs, Dec.13: Credits test and Final Presentations
Finals week: Dec. 19th – Final Presentations
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ESSAY OUTLINE A & B
** This is to be a formal outline not a brain-storming rough sketch. Complete sentences and thoughts are required. This outline is to represent the final stage of pre-writing; the last thing you do before you would actually write an essay.
DIVIDE BY IDEA, NOT BY FILM
- Write a thesis. The thesis should include what you are going to prove and how you are going to prove it.
- Body: A. Topic sentence to at least TWO body paragraphs.
B. For each body paragraph, at least TWO specific examples of proof/support.
** After looking at your outline, it should be clear to us what your argument is.
OUTLINE A PROMPT: Due 10/16
- Concluding statement.
Using two films from Casablanca through The Graduate discuss how societal pressures entrap people
OUTLINE B PROMPT: Due 11/13
Using two films from Do the Right Thing through V for Vendetta, explain how the films support the statement that the twentieth century was a century of dramatic social and/or political change.
HUMANITIES – FILM STUDIES FALL 2012
You and your presentation partners will present the below topic to the class during the final week. Here is some of the pertinent information that will get you thinking in the right direction:
> Worth 200 points
> Total time should be 10 – 15 minutes (including explanation); you’ll be cut off at 15 minutes
> Each group member should participate roughly the same amount of time.
> Film should be well-organized and polished.
> We strongly suggest that you touch base with one of us while creating this.
TOPIC: Using our films as a springboard, create an original film that addresses social, political or economic change of the 20th Century.
- Nothing graphic (i.e., killing, weapons, language, sexuality) – ask if unsure.
- Must draw conclusions about 20th century society – what is an over-riding idea that continues throughout all of the eras?
- In writing (typed), before your presentation, give to both teachers (for those of you struggling with your math, that’s two copies) an explanation of the film’s message/purpose.
- After the viewing, specifically explain (in about 5 minutes) what inspired your original film; the conclusions you drew about the century; and how your film interprets those conclusions.