Movies Without Pictures
There are no movie assignments for this lesson. Before we look at films, letís spend some time thinking about all the arts that came before―all the arts that make moviemaking the ultimate art that it is.
For 30 years, writer and entertainer Garrison Keillor has kept the old art of the radio program alive with his PBS series A Prairie Home Companion. Thatís longer than the entire "Golden Age" of network radio entertainment (1926-1952)! Keillor is very sensitive to the unique qualities of radio drama (movies without pictures), so pay close attention to the way he uses sound effects and exploits the freedom the lack of images provides.
You will need one of the following:
Check your local NPR schedule for A Prairie Home Companion. The show is broadcast live on Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. ET. If your local NPR station does not carry it, you can listen to it on the Web at www.PrairieHome.org. Archived shows are also available there if the broadcast hour is not convenient for you. Find a convenient time and place to listen to a show, and enjoy!
On the class message board, please post your responses to the following questions.