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Martin Scorsese's

Shutter Island

 

 

 

 

This film was like a playground for Scorsese's virtuoso filmmaking. It's full of fantasy sequences, flashbacks, period elegance, altered states, film noir and the supernatural, as well as a great character drama. He gets to do everything he's always loved about film.

Mark Ruffalo, actor

Teddy & Cawley

 

Contents

 

 

Introduction

3

Introduction

2

Teaching Plan

4

After the First Viewing

3

After the First Viewing

5

Initial Quiz

4

Initial Quiz

6

Conflict

5

Plot Summary

7

Understanding the Structure

6

The Real Story

8

Close Reading Checklist

9

Conflict

10

Understanding the Story

10

Scene-by-scene Commentary

11

Interpretation and Discussion

11

Analysis: Dream 1

23

Techniques Checklist

12

Analysis: Dream 2

26

Analysing the Techniques

13

Understanding the Structure

27

Styles of Film-making

14

Understanding the Story

32

Symbols and Metaphors

16

Interpretation and Discussion

34

Setting the Scene

17

Analysing the Techniques

37

Characterisation

18

Symbols and Metaphors

42

Themes

20

Allusions

44

Genre

21

Setting the Scene

46

Film Noir

22

Music

49

Scorsese as Auteur?

24

Characters and Actors

51

Responding to the Critics

27

Themes

55

Useful Quotations

28

The Portrayal of Mental Illness

57

Cast List

30

Genre

58

Behind the Camera

31

Film Noir

60

Scene List

32

Scorsese as auteur

61

Glossary

34

Extension and Connections

62

Worksheets

 

Interesting Trivia

63

Study Record

2

 

 

Easy Plot Summary

3

Appendix: scene list fire and water

 

The Set Up

5

Appendix: scene list present and past

 

Analysis: Dream 1

6

 

 

Analysis: Dream 2

8

Extras include pics from the film; notes on genre, film noir, Scorsese, design; screenplay etc.

Scene-by-scene

9

Structure

19

 

 

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