Lesson 8 Plan
The Industry and You
It’s been going on for over 100 years
now: the entertainment industry has created an alternate universe that increasingly
dominates our lives. How can we deal with this constant barrage of media―this
entertainment matrix of which we’ve become a part?
In this final lesson, we’ll look at what it means to be a film critic, discuss
the media-based entertainment matrix in which our modern culture has its roots
(for better or worse), and think about what it means to be a film buff in the
It should take 5 1/2 hours to complete this lesson’s material.
After successfully completing this lesson, you will be able to:
- Develop some techniques for restoring the balance between media and real
- Criticize the work of contemporary film critics.
- Understand some of the forces that are leading us to information overload.
- Relax after having successfully completed a fast-paced, information-rich
course in "How to Read a Film"!
During this lesson, you will complete the following activities:
- At the Movies: Salt of the Earth and Koyaanisqatsi:
We’ll be watching two movies this time. First up is America’s only blacklisted
of the Earth, written by Michael Wilson, produced by Paul Jarrico, and
directed by Herbert Biberman (who themselves were all blacklisted in the early
‘50s). The second film, Koyaanisqatsi,
is a highly unusual, abstract work by activist, filmmaker, and poet Godfrey
Reggio, with a score by renowned composer Philip Glass.
- Outside the Theater: The Wrap Party!: It’s a wrap! The course is
over. Please come to the wrap party!