View Chapter 1, “Diagnosis,” and discuss its role in the development of 1) themes and 2) character.
Observe and Discuss Film techniques:
· Background and color:
· Close up (CU) shots and blocking: click here for still shots
→What do we learn about Vivian in this opening scene?
→Why would the director, Mike Nichols, want this to be our first impression of the protagonist?
→What themes and ideas foreshadowed???
→What frameworks does the text provide us for understanding human suffering?
1. Physical Pain (body)
2. Psychological aspects (mind)
(trauma & mechanisms for coping)
3. Metaphysical aspects of pain (soul)
Physical: Click here for still shots
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Still Shots on Symbolism
Editing Techniques, Symbolism and Point of View
Define Metadrama -- Still shots
Chapter 3: “Begin with the text, … not with a feeling.”
Professor E.M. Ashford: “The sonnet begins with a valiant struggle with death, calling on all the forces of intellect and drama to vanquish the enemy. But it is ultimately about overcoming the seemingly insuperable barriers separating life, death, and eternal life.”
“Death Be Not Proud” and “The Runaway Bunny”: Literary Backdrops for Explaining and Interpreting the Metaphysical Aspects of Human Suffering
... What can we learn from suffering??