Unit 14: 2000s: Mass International Entertainment / Digital Age / Music Video
Activities for this Unit:
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Read: pp. 410-426
You might find it useful to read the book and navigate through the website at the same time > this will allow you to watch the clips of the films you are reading about.
Click HERE to access the Unit’s content. (Click here to access a printable version of the Unit)
Read through the unit pages.
Click on the orange links to access the film clips and the external websites.
Watch the clips.
Look over the external websites.
Watch ONE of the following films:
Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000) > available in the LRC at the front desk (#222D)
Bubble (Steven Soderbergh, 2005)
Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze, 1999)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)
The Virgin Suicides (Sofia Coppola, 1999)
Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
Flags of our Fathers (Clint Eastwood, 2006)
Letters from Iwo Jima (Clint Eastwood, 2006)
All these film are available in DVD format and can be rented at local video stores as well as online rental stores > click HERE for online rental options.
Answer the following questions (minimum 500 words in total for all the questions)
What was your reaction to the film you selected? How does it related to the other films you’ve seen so far in this class? (Also post your response to Q. 1 on Moodle — and post a comment)
How would you describe the narrative of this film?
How is the film you selected different from big blockbuster films that the Hollywood studios produce, films like Spiderman, Transformers, Harry Potter, Live Free and Die Hard?
Go to www.imdb.com and look for the company credits. Which companies produced this film? Are they part of the six large film productions and distribution companies that dominate world film?
Which companies distributed this film in the US? Internationally?
What about DVD sales and rentals in the US? Which company was involved? Is it part of the six conglomerate companies? Is it different than the company that distributed the films theatrically? Why do you think that is?
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