You are a team of writers putting together a film magazine for a small art house cinema. La Bête humaine is on this month’s screening list. You have been asked to prepare a review for the keen audience of enthusiastic filmgoers who subscribe to the magazine. Your editor has asked to see a plan for this review this coming Thursday. Prepare an outline of the content of your review, including specific examples from the film. Remember that you are writing for a well-informed audience.
- Think about the following when you prepare your review:
- The significance of the title
- The treatment of political and social issues
- The interaction between characters
- The use of the ‘star’: how attractive are the principal protagonists?
- The use of space
- The use of lighting Camera work - camera angle; length of shot; camera movement
- The use of sound
Work in groups of 2 or 3.
- Identify specific examples from the film to illustrate your review. For ease of reference, give the time that they appear in the film (ie: 25 minutes 30 secs; 36 minutes 25 secs, etc…)
- Think about how you will address the ‘4 dimensions’ involved in the discussion of film (see A Short Guide to Writing About Film, by Timothy Corrigan (Longman: New York, 1998)):
- Links between film and other arts (literature, painting, etc..)
- Mise-en-scène (the ‘theatrical dimension of the film’: set, costumes, lighting, etc…)
- Composition (camera shots, editing, etc..)