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THE MATRIX

 

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A rich, complex and entertaining film. Hugely popular with students.

 

After this study, most will realise that they hadn't been using their eyes at all.

 

Contents

 

Suggested teaching plan

3

Part 2: Teacher Resources

 

Plot

5

Foreshadowing

54

Things to Look For

11

Symbolism

54

Film Technique Checklist

12

Numbers

55

Narrative Structure Task sheet

13

Music

55

Scene-by-scene Commentary

17

Allusions

56

Scene-by-scene Work Sheets

20

Neo/Christ Parallels

61

Research: 'What's in a Name?'

23

Fate, Destiny and Free Will

64

Setting

25

The Matrix as a Parable

66

Costumes task sheet

26

Sound and sound Effects

70

Motifs teacher notes

28

Cast and Crew

72

Camera Angles task sheet

29

Complex Make-up of a Movie

73

Analysis of Helicopter Rescue

32

Part 3: Appendices

 

Characterisation

38

Glossary of Terms

76

Year 11

 

Film Unit Year 11

78

Themes

42

Film Unit Year 13

79

Sample answers

43

Index

80

Useful Quotations

45

Plot Structure

 

Years 12 or 13

 

Effect of Transfer to TV

 

Assignment

47

 

Essay outline characterisation

49

 

Themes task sheet

50

 

More Useful Quotations

52

 

The Matrix as Genre

53

 

 

 

 

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