Spring 2013

Assessing the films

Respond to any or all of the following in comments:

  • Which film did you enjoy the most?
  • Which did you enjoy the least?
  • Which film did you find most interesting in terms of m-e-s?
  • From which filmmaker are you most interested in seeing more films?
  • Least interested?
  • Which film are you most likely to watch again?
  • Least likely?
  • Do you have a filmmaker or film to recommend for this course in the future, assuming a continued focus on mise-en-scene?

Film Analysis: Broken Flowers

Below are images from Broken Flowers for use in the Film Analysis assignment. These frames were taken at five, forty five and eighty five minutes. What do you think these frames suggest about the use of mise-en-scene in Broken Flowers?

Remember, you only need to do a Film Analysis for two of the three films in this second group. However, Broken Flowers is the final film in this group.

5 minutes.


45 minutes:


85 minutes:


Finals Week information

  • My finals week office hours will be posted to my faculty homepage by Thursday (6/6) afternoon.
  • Blogging continues until 11:59 pm on T 6/11.
  • Film Analyses for Broken Flowers due following the normal schedule, as are the Film Notes for Jim Jarmusch.
  • See the Calendar and the instructions for the final essay for information about other assignments due during Finals Week.
  • The deadline for any and all work for Spring 2013 is 5:00 pm on F 6/14. Work submitted after that deadline will not be counted towards a regular letter grade for this term.
  • Please note that I will be away at a conference June 12-15. I will still be available via e-mail during this time and will be on campus M 6/17.
  • We will not meet as a class during finals week.

Jarmusch and the everyday

Suarez writes:

Night on Earth seems to suggest that there is something inexhaustible about quotidian experience. A simple taxi ride, the most random of encounters, brings us into contact with personal depths and complexities that are difficult to account for (page 80).

What do you think of this assessment of the film and how it shows us ordinary experiences and encounters? How is m-e-s used to this effect? Can you apply this analysis to Stranger than Paradise, too?