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Click to edit Master subtitle style 5/12/09 ENGL 201:Reading and Writing about Texts City of God Spring 2009
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5/12/09 More on Brazil Large population of enslaved Africans, especially from Yoruba. Slave trade end in 1850; abolition in 1888. Cultural connections to Yoruban culture treated in Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman . Culture often described as syncretic, combining Catholicism and Yoruban religious practices. Mixing of
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5/12/09 Common themes among Brazilian works we are Community Change Children Neglect, dehumanization, and exploitation from outside Significant contributions by people from favelas Literary and creative strategies for
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5/12/09 City of God (2002) Based on a true story, Paolo Lins book—drug wars in the slums of Rio de Janiero. DVD includes documentary made in the late 90s that maps relationship between dealers, cops, and dwellers.
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Unformatted text preview: • Fernando Meirelles, director • co-director Kátia Lund, director of documentary “News from a Personal 5/12/09 Analyzing film • http://classes.yale.edu/film-analysis/ • How is a movie different from a play? • What techniques might you consider when analyzing a film? 5/12/09 • How does it look? – Set, lighting, costumes – Shots: Framing, camera movement, distance, lens effects, angle, relationship of camera to particular characters and to the viewers • How does it sound? – Music, sound effects, volume, language 5/12/09 • Look at opening scene. Write down details. Consider how it looks, sounds, develops over time. • How does the film develop its comment on these drug wars? • Does it sensationalize or make its point? What do you do with the lighthearted elements?...
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