ASK 1 : The Great Gatsby movie questions
As you watch the great Gatsby, make your own notes using these questions to organize your notes. You may use a combination of short answers and paragraph-style answers. It will be evident from the question which length of an answer is needed.
- What is the main setting of the movie? (time and place)
- Who are the main characters? Which one is the protagonist? Which one is the antagonist? (who are they, describe them briefly)
- What is the essence of the problem or conflict that lies at the heart of this movie?
- How are the attitudes and perspectives on life from that era reflected in the film?
- How is the story helped by camera angles? Provide several specific examples.
- How is the story helped by music? Provide several specific examples.
- How is the story helped by costumes? Provide several specific examples.
- What is the overarching theme of the movie? Defend your choice.
- How do these production choices (camera angles, music, costumes) contribute to the overarching feeling that the movie is existentialist, modernist, or postmodernist? Choose one of these three styles and show how production choices helped to illuminate the literary style of the film.
- Is this movie mostly existentialist in outlook or mostly modernist in outlook or mostly postmodernist in its style? Why do you think that?
TASK 2 : Script
You will write a script for an oral presentation. Imagine that you are the director of the movie . You have decided to add one more scene at the very beginning of the movie immediately following the opening credits. The purpose of the scene will be to clue the audience on whether this is going to be an existentialist, modernist, or postmodernist movie. Explain your ideas about what you would include in this brief opening scene. It should be abundantly clear from what you say how your creative ideas would reflect an existentialist, modernist, or postmodernist approach to this particular movie.
- Write a script, jotting down some big ideas that you don’t want to miss. Your script must include at least one visual aid (a graphic, or a slide).
- Your script will be for a presentation of about 2-3 minutes in length.
- Submit only a script, not a recording. Be imaginative, creative, engaging, and detailed.