CIN 103 – Assignment #2: Scene Analysis of A Raisin in the Sun

6 10 2013

POST BY Monday, 10/14 for credit

Hi, class,

As we discussed in class, the film version of A Raisin in the Sun represented a new image of African Americans for a general movie-going audience. Here, we see blacks as an aspirational people, still tied to the past, still bound by a legacy of discrimination, but moving forward with new ideas and a new sense of possibilities. As we examine the notion of “black identity” during this period, we should be taking note of the new concerns (at least, new for the movie-going public) reflected in the themes and characters in the film. Several questions arise: how does Hansberry represent the “American dream” and capitalism? How does she represent patriarchy, upward mobility, the family dynamic, racial pride, feminism, intellectualism, classism, masculinity, poverty, and racism, to name a few? How does she represent “the new” consciousness of African Americans? Please use standard MLA citation style and in-text citations to support your response of no less than 750 words.

ASSIGNMENT: Choose one or two scenes from the film and analyze them using the following criteria from the Writing About Movies text–please read the following passages and incorporate them into a thoughtfully considered response:

1)    “What is this scene about?” (38)

2)    “Mise-en-scène” (40-41)

3)    “What kind of shots am I noticing? Is the cinematographer employing shots other than the medium shot—for instance, extreme close-ups or extreme long shots? What role are these shots playing in the film?” (42)

4)    “Acting”: What elements are most distinctive in how the actor conveys the character’s thoughts and internal complexities: Body language, gestures, facial expressions, language? Did the actor use these elements successfully? Does the actor’s performance have the expressive power to make me forget that he or she is acting? If so, how did the actor achieve this effect?” (43)

5)    “Interlude”: Exploring Meaning” Read this section and examine the styles of “analysis” presented. Choose one and examine a scene and/or a character through this lens. (46-62)

Diana Sands (1934-1973). Photo by Carl Van Vechten, 1963.
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19 05 2017
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