A couple of reminders of things we've previously discussed:
- Please carefully proofread your posts. Gratuitous errors in some interfered with comprehension.
- Use the "reply" feature to thread your posts if you're responding to a particular question or comment.
- Aim for 3-5 good posts for each discussion.
Writing about film is a bit different than writing about written text as, obviously, we don't have a book of quotes to choose from. Here is a copy of the script as well as a website featuring some "famous quotes".
Another great way to approach posting about film with specific plot points and evidence is choosing those concrete, 60 second snapshots from your film notes. Here is an example of an effective question and comment for a discussion of film.
Example question: One of the quotes that stuck out to me from the film's end is when Truman asks Christof who he is, and he responds by saying "I am the creator...of a television show". That pause seems significant. Why does Wier have Christof refer to himself as "the creator"? What is he criticizing about Chrisof's power over Truman? Man's power over other humans in general?
One scene that seemed important is from when Truman is little, and he says he wants to be a great explorer, like Magellan. His teacher turns to him and says, in short, that he's too late; there's nothing left to explore. This scene shows Truman's lifelong desire to go beyond Seahaven and, moreover, mankind's innate curiosity, as well as people's willingness to stifle that curiosity to maintain the status quo.