The Student Critic: Critiquing a Classic Black &
Become a critic yourself! Impress me with your talent, your
knowledge of film techniques, your understanding of film in general,
and your insight about your chosen film. Your written review
should be five paragraphs.
Paragraph #1: A summary of the film's content, including
title and other basic information. Start with a catchy beginning
and end with your thesis sentence.
Paragraph #2: Analysis of a specific sequence, discussing
number and type of shots, cuts, camera angles, and any other
relevant film techniques. Think, "What is the effect of
_____?" Start with a topic sentence and include at least
three details to prove your opinion.
Paragraph #3: Analysis of another sequence.
Paragraph #4: Analysis of another sequence.
Paragraph #5: Your opinion of the film, using specifics
as evidence. Informal "I" OK. Restate your thesis sentence
in different words. Tell us what you told us and establish closure.
You must select your film from the following approved list
of black and white films. You will need to watch the film on
your own time. If you do not want to rent a video yourself, you
can watch a film during lunch in the classroom. Check the posted
schedule on the bulletin board. Most of the films are unrated
or PG, but there are some R-rated titles. Do not choose one of
those unless your parents approve. You might want to solicit
their suggestions anyway.
Go to the Approved List.
Return to the Film Study Unit.