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Pleasantville

 

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A comic fable about two high school kids who are transported into a 1950s black and white sitcom.  Stunning visual and cinematic techniques. 

 

Superb acting from young Hollywood stars Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon, supported by the brilliance of Joan Allen, William H. Macy and Jeff Daniels.

 

  

 

 

a 54-page teaching guide

and 45-page ready-to-copy

student study guide.

 

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Contents

 

Teaching Guide

 

Study Guide

 

Suggested teaching plan

3

Plot Questions

2

Resources

4

Motif, Symbol and Allusions

3

Plot

5

Film Technique Checklist

4

Motifs and Symbols

8

Close Reading Checklist

5

Allusions

9

Close Reading Task sheets

6

Scene Analysis

10

Narrative structure

13

Creating Pleasantville

11

Setting

15

Opening Sequence

12

Characters

16

Scene by Scene commentary

14

Characterisation Checklist

17

Analysis: the "Athenian" Sequence

27

Themes

18

Close Reading the Text

28

The 'Code of Conduct'

19

Narrative Structure

40

Responding to the Critics

20

Examining the Screenplay

44

Useful Quotations

22

Setting

46

Scene List

24

Character Notes

48

The Complex Makeup of a Movie

27

Interesting Facts

50

Glossary of Film Terms

28

Cast List

51

Write-on Worksheets

 

Soundtrack

52

Study Plan

30

Unit outline

53

Film Technique Answer Sheets

31

 

 

Examining the screenplay

40

 

 

Scene-by-Scene Worksheets

42

 

 

Opening Scene Worksheet

53

 

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