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American Beauty

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Superb direction, acting and screenplay, served by some of the best cinematography you will ever see.

Contents

 

Teaching Guide

 

Study Guide

 

Introduction

3

Plot and Narrative Structure

2

Suggested teaching approach

4

Initial Quiz

4

Plot Analysis and Narrative Structure

5

First Impressions

5

Initial Quiz

10

Close Reading Checklists

6

First Impressions Answer Guide

11

Design and Setting

10

Scene by Scene commentary

14

Characterisation

11

Close Reading the Text

31

Behind the Camera

14

Detailed Analysis: Opening Sequence

32

Lighting

15

Detailed Analysis: the Spartanettes

35

Motifs, Symbols, Allusions

16

Detailed Analysis: Ricky Films Jane

36

Useful Quotations

17

Design and Setting

38

Cast List

20

Characterisation

39

Soundtracks

21

Themes

47

Scene List

22

Behind the Camera

50

Glossary of Film Terms

24

Motifs

55

Write on Worksheets

 

Allusions

56

Study Record

27

Responding to Critics

57

Motifs

28

Genre

59

Direction and Cinematography

30

Writing an Essay Answer

60

Scene Analysis

32

Quotation Test

63

Extras on CD only

 

Interesting Trivia

65

over 100 photos from the film

 

Selected Awards

66

'American Beauty as Melodrama'

 

Unit Outline

67

Film Styles

 

Scene-by-scene

38

the abridged script

 

 

 

song lyrics

 

 

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