W, May 25th–Film

OK, first, let’s make sure we’re ready for Ty West on Friday. I’ll show you a trailer and a scene from Innkeepers and we can talk about good questions to ask.

Next, we’ll finish IB. And then have our discussion.

  1. Depiction of Nazis. How did you feel about Landa? Is he all evil? Complicated? Cultured? How does the movie seem to see him?
  2. Depiction of American violence? What are we asked to enjoy? Why? Does that make you feel uncomfortable?
  3. Jewish revenge and alternate history. WWII didn’t end like this. Does it matter?
  4. Female Avengers. What do Shoshanna and The Bride have in common? Is it feminist to have women commit spectacular violence?

Movie Pitch for Quentin

  • In small groups, create a short 5-slide Keynote/PP that attempts to convince Quentin Tarantino to make your movie. Ex: The lead character, called ‘The Bride,’ was a member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, led by her lover ‘Bill.’ Upon realizing she was pregnant with Bill’s child, ‘The Bride’ decided to escape her life as a killer. She fled to Texas, met a young man, who, on the day of their wedding rehearsal was gunned down by an angry and jealous Bill (with the assistance of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad). Four years later, ‘The Bride’ wakes from a coma, and discovers her baby is gone. She, then, decides to seek revenge upon the five people who destroyed her life and killed her baby. The saga of Kill Bill Volume I begins.  
  • Characters: Name and explain the details of at least 4 characters in your movie. Give suggestions about who might play them.
  • Settings: What are some of the places your movie will take place?
  • Fitting into the oeuvre: Explain how this movie fits into the larger pantheon of Taranitino movies.
  • Ideas for set-pieces. What Big Scenes do you envision in this movie?


Essay Questions for Tarantino: Choose 1. Minimum of 600 words. Due June 10th.

  1. Some critics have suggested that Quentin Tarantino may be one of the most influential directors ever. Trace Tarantino’s influence in modern movies by giving specific examples of his techniques, camerawork, attitude, and style being used in other movies by other directors. What about him is so appealing? See this article to get started.
  2. Some critics suggest Tarantino might be one of the most overrated directors ever. Critic David Denby wrote, “Tarantino has become an embarrassment: his virtuosity as a maker of images has been overwhelmed by his inanity as an idiot de la cinematheque.” Agree or disagree with this assessment of the director. Give specific examples of evidence.
  3. Read the analytic essay on Inglourious Basterds and answer the question: Is the movie moral? Can a movie be evil or lacking in righteousness? Does the movie ask us to revel in things it shouldn’t ask us to revel in?
  4. What should the rules be for ripping off other directors? What kinds of borrowing should be considered legitimate and what kinds are wrong? Give several examples of each. See this documentary for some ideas about the issues involved.
  5. Take a look at this interview. Connect anything he says to either movie. Does the interview give specific insight into his directorial choices?
  6. Scene Analysis. Choose a specific scene from either movie to do a deep dive on. Describe the mise-en-scene and other cinematography elements with as many specifics as possible. Trace those examples to effects the director is trying to invoke or thematic ideas.

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