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SUB PLANS: Tue Nov 5 - Wed Nov 13

Note: This film was made in 1946, at the close of WWII.  It deals with historical issues of the day in what was considered a very 'real' way.  If you are not familiar with the era, some quick research may help you understand the context of the film.

The class should watch this film in 30-minute increments, creating a journal as follows:

TUE NOV 5: Watch 0:00-28:00 Make notes on the blocking.  How are the characters arranged on the screen? Note how, at 28:00, Welles manages to fit 8 characters on the screen.  In your journal, draw a storyboard panel for the table scene that happens at the 28-minute mark.

WED NOV 6: Re-Watch 0:00-28:00 This time, write notes about the camera shots, movement and framing.  Your journal should look like this:


1. Up-Shot, left medium (woman/door), 2. Close-up, back of head, turns, zooms out on 7 men, 3. Slow zooms back in on man, up-shot 

THU NOV 7: Watch 28:00-59:57 (FREEZE ON HOLOCAUST FILM CLIP)  This time, watch for the transitions and lighting, and how they affect the film's mood.  This film is considered an example of 'Film Noir', or 'Dark Film'.  Does the lighting reflect the somber nature of this part of the film?  Where and how?  At 59:57, audiences saw the first actual footage of the Holocaust ever used in a film - those are real bodies in a mass Nazi grave on the screen.

FRI NOV 8: Re-Watch 28:00-59:57 Once again, write notes about the camera shots, movement and framing.

TUE NOV 12: Watch 59:57-END OF FILM, again noting the camera shots, movement and framing.  There are some very unusual shots in this segment of the film, particularly toward the end.  Ask the substitute to replay the last 5 minutes or freeze-frame it as necessary.


The Summary Assignment:


This counts as a PRODUCT grade, and may be completed at home and submitted on Thursday (hopefully to ME) -  In 3 paragraphs, answer the following questions.  Use your Journals as references, and provide SPECIFIC examples that support your claims.  1) Orson Welles is considered one of the greatest directors of American Film.  What about this film would support that claim?  2) Welles is highly regarded for (among other things) finding camera angles that emphasize the mood of the scene.  Where does that happen in this film?  and 3) Although the film is 73 years old, it stands as a great example of filmmaking.  Why do you think that is?



"The Stranger", made in 1946, stars Orson Welles and other Academy Award - winning actors of the day.  It was directed by Orson Welles, and is considered an excellent example of the 'Film-Noir' style.

While watching it, keep a journal of film shots, angles, and other tactics used by this renowned director.  Also look for lighting, soundtrack and acting techniques that make this film a classic.

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