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Robert Altman's 1992 masterpiece is just as rewarding 20 years later as when it was first made.

 

A deft and dazzling satire of the way people behave in movie studios, The Player is witty, surprising, intelligent – and hugely entertaining – as it questions the morals and ethics of modern Hollywood, and by extension Western society. 

It can be enjoyed – and analysed – on several levels, and rewards multiple viewings.

 

Lost among the hype and counter-hype, though, is the staggering craftsmanship of The Player's filmmaking.  …there's unparalleled invention to every aspect of production.  That's why The Player is the rare modern movie that gets better the more you watch it.  And deeper.  Details of character and motivation surface on repeat viewings…  And funnier.  An overheard line of dialogue in an early scene will blossom into a joke 30 minutes later.  And creepier.  Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins), the studio executive whose soul slips away after he kills a pesky screenwriter, is as cocky and damned as Faust in Armani.                                                             Ty Burr, Entertainment Weekly        

Contents

Teaching Guide

 

Study Programme

 

Introduction

3

Introduction

2

Suggested Teaching Plan

4

After the First Viewing

3

After the First Viewing

5

Initial Quiz

4

Initial Quiz

6

Analysing the Plot

5

Plot Summary

7

Narrative Structure

6

Analysing the Plot

8

Close Reading Task sheets

10

Narrative Structure

9

Styles of Film-making

13

Scene by Scene commentary

12

Design and Setting

15

Close Reading the Text

25

Characterisation

16

Scene Analysis: Opening Shot

34

Themes

18

Styles of Film-making

37

Genre and Style

18

Design and Setting

40

Modernism & Postmodernism

19

Characters and Actors

43

Altman as Auteur

20

Themes

47

Useful Quotations

21

Making the Film

49

Cast List

22

Postmodernism – an overview

52

The Complex Makeup of a Movie

23

Modernism & Postmodernism

53

Scene List

24

Allusions Explained

55

Glossary of Film Terms

26

Genre and Style

56

Worksheets

 

Altman as Auteur

58

Study Plan

2

Interesting Trivia

59

Plot Summary

3

 

 

Film Techniques

5

 

 

Scene Analysis: Opening Shot

6

 

 

Noir Features

8

 

 

Scene-by-Scene Work sheets

9

 

 

 

 

CD Extras include a PowerPoint analysis of opening shot; screenplay (transcript), story of the making of the film; more than 100 shots from the film; genre list and definitions

 

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