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Wes Anderson's brilliant adaptation of Roald Dahl's popular book is a wonderful and very teachable film. Each frame is rich in incidental detail, and a wide range of film techniques is employed. The film is aimed at older children and adults rather than the age group the book was written for, and has been one of the most rewarding films I have worked with.

Anderson has stayed faithful to the basic storyline as well as the feel and spirit of the original, but has expanded both the plot and the themes.

Roald Dahl's widow Felicity believes that her late husband would most definitely have approved of the way his book was adapted. "When I was watching the finished film, I thought, He'd love this," she says. "I could feel him smiling. My breath was taken away, I have to say. When I came out of the screening, I immediately emailed Wes and said, 'This is a masterpiece.' It is fantastic; I couldn't get over the wit in it, but also the beauty. The visual side of the film is just breathtaking."

 

Contents Page

Teaching Guide

 

Student Programme

 

Introduction

3

Introduction

2

Suggested Teaching Plan

4

After the First Viewing

3

After the First Viewing

5

Initial Quiz

4

Initial Quiz Answers

7

Analysing the Plot

5

Plot Summary

8

Conflict Task Sheet

7

Analysing the Plot

9

Narrative 2: Analysing the Screenplay

8

Conflict Task Sheet Answers

11

Analysis Checklists

10

Narrative 2: Analysing the Screenplay

12

Close Reading Task Sheets

12

Scene-by-scene Analysis

14

Design and Setting

16

Close Reading Task Sheet Answers

33

Characterisation

17

Design and Setting

40

Music

18

Character Notes

41

Useful Quotations

20

Themes

44

Scene List

22

Behind the Scenes

 

Cast

24

Writing the Screenplay

46

Complex Makeup of a Movie

25

Stop-Motion Photography

47

Glossary of Film Terms

26

Production Design

48

 

 

Animation

51

Worksheets

 

Directing

53

Study Record

2

Music Notes

54

Plot Summary

3

Adapting the Book

56

Screenplay

5

Critics' Comments

58

Adapting the Book

6

Final Quiz

60

Quotation Quiz

8

Quiz Answers

61

Word Search

9

Interesting Facts

64

Scene-by-scene

10

Scene Analysis Checklist

65

Character Match Up

21

 

CD Extras include a 130-slide PowerPoint presentation on the design and making of the film, upward of 200 shots from the film, and song lyrics.

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