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The Truman Show

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In the 10 years since it was released, this excellent film has cemented its position as a modern cinema classic, and is if anything more relevant now than it was then.

 

 

Its value for teaching is enhanced by the lack of potentially embarrassing bad language, violence or sex scenes, making it suitable for all classrooms.

Its economical 92-minute running time is an added bonus for teachers pressed for time.

 

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

7

Plot Analysis and Narrative Structure

5

Plot Summary

8

Film Technique Checklist

7

Plot Analysis and Narrative Structure

9

Close Reading Checklist

8

Scene by Scene commentary

13

Close Reading Task sheets

9

Scene Analysis

25

Design and Setting

12

Scene Analysis: on the bridge

29

Characterisation Checklist

13

Scene Analysis: 'Trutalk'

31

Characterisation Tasks

14

Close Reading the Text Answers

35

Symbolism, Metaphors and Allusions

15

Design and Setting

42

The Meaning of The Truman Show

6

From Screenplay to Screen

45

The Critics Speak

17

Character Notes

50

Useful Quotations

18

What's in a Name? answers

53

Cast List

19

Themes: an approach

54

The Complex Makeup of a Movie

20

Symbolism and Metaphors

55

Scene List

21

The Meaning of The Truman Show

57

Glossary of Film Terms

23

The Truman Show as Allegory

60

Write-on Worksheets

 

as a Postmodern Text

61

Study Record

26

Allusions

62

Plot Summary

27

as Religious Allegory

63

Scene Analysis: Opening Scenes

29

Introducing Genre

66

Scene Analysis: 'On the Bridge'

31

Discussing Genre

67

Scene Analysis: 'Trutalk'

33

Sample Essays

68

What's in a Name?

36

Interesting Trivia

71

Scene-by-Scene Worksheets

37

Unit outline

72

CD extras: genre definitions and notes; Plato's 'The Cave'; glossary; and nearly 200 pics from the film

Appendix: Narrative Structure

73

 

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