Learning Assessments

Re-watch days

In the course assessments, I noticed a minor disagreement between some students about the re-watch days. Some students cited these as when they were most engaged in class and others cited these days as when they were the most distanced.

  • If you were most engaged on re-watch days, why did these days work for you?
  • If you felt distanced on these days, why didn't they work for you? What would you change?
  • In either case, for future terms would you recommend that I keep this structure (five films, two weeks per film) or program more films (e.g., a new film very week)?

Dreams (other mental states)

A question from the Post-Film Writing after the re-watch of Vertigo is related to the way the filmmakers showed dreams, primarily through color, but also by using devices like animation. What are other good examples of similar devices in other films? How else have you seen filmmakers visually signify dreams or altered mental states?

Representing memory (loss)

An interesting question about Eternal Sunshine from the Learning Assessments is whether there is any significance to how the erasure or degradation of memories is shown. For example, erasure is signified in some scenes by people and objects disappearing, while in others the lights go out, and in others the setting simply dissolves, or soft focus is used to show the degradation. What do these different choices mean? Why not be visually consistent?