Film assignments for the long weekend

IM-25

Just select ONE of the 3 films, watch it & do the tasks listed below:

STORY: Talk about what you think the story of the movie is – the start, beginning, end, etc.

RETELL: Watch the trailer and retell what you saw to your partner(s).

MUST-SEE: Talk with your partner(s) about whether the poster and movie title are good and make you want to see the movie.

MY PREQUEL / SEQUEL: Make your own prequel or sequel for  «the film of your choice». Make sure there is a good mix of things to do. Find some good online activities. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback.

CHARACTER STORY: Choose one of the characters from the movie. Imagine you are that character. Write your story about what you did in the movie.

MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about the film of your choice. What are (did) critics and moviegoers saying (say) about it? How good were the actors' performances? What was good and bad about the movie?

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US WW2 posters

it seems there were tov.praporschiks in the US Army at that time too

proper amounts of food are very important indeed

do not just help the UK — help it to defend America

can what you can to survive the war

yep, more money on war bonds would be nice

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Victory day in Europe


Victory in Europe Day, generally known as V-E Day or VE Day, is the public holiday celebrated on 8 May 1945

 to mark the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces. It thus marked the end of World War II in Europe.

1945: Soviets and Americans link at Elbe and move to Berlin

The victory united both supercountries for a short while

just like it was at the begining of the XX century

and also in 1860s — during the Civil War

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Films selections for the next week

Casablancais a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz. It has a star-studded cast that includes Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The film was based on Murray Burnett and Joan Alison's then-unproduced playEverybody Comes to Rick's. Warner Bros. bought the play for $20,000, which was the most anyone in Hollywood had ever paid for an unproduced play. It is set during World War II and focuses on a man torn between, in the words of one character, love and virtue. He must choose between his love for a woman, and helping her and her husband escape from the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca so that her husband can continue his fight against the Nazis.

Although it was an A-list film, with established stars and first-rate writers, no one involved with its production expectedCasablancato be anything out of the ordinary. It was just one of hundreds of pictures produced by Hollywood every year. The film was a solid success in its initial run and did well at the box office. The movie won three Academy Awards in 1944, including Best Picture. Its characters, dialogue, and music have become iconic, although one of the lines most closely associated with the film — «Play it again, Sam» — is a misquotation; Bergman's character actually says: «Play it, Sam. Play'As Time Goes By'.» The film consistently ranks near the top of lists of the greatest films of all time.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casablanca_%28film%29 

Back to the Futureis a 1985 American science fiction adventure comedy film. It is directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale and produced by Steven Spielberg. It stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Crispin Glover. The film tells the story of Marty McFly, a teenager who is accidentally sent back in time from 1985 to 1955 in a plutonium-powered «time machine» invented by slightly mad scientist Dr. Emmett «Doc» Brown. He meets his future parents in high school and accidentally attracts his future mother's romantic interest. Marty must repair the damage to history by causing his parents-to-be to fall in love. With the help of the scientist, he must find a way to return to 1985 and go back to the future.

Zemeckis and Gale wrote the script after Gale mused upon whether he would have befriended his father if they attended school together. Back to the Future was released on July 3, 1985 and became the most successful film of the year, grossing more than $383 million worldwide. It won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film. Ronald Reagan quoted the film in his 1986 State of the Union Address. In 2008, the American Film Institute acknowledged the film as the 10th-best film in the science fiction genre. The film marked the beginning of a franchise, with sequelsBack to the Future Parts IIandIIIreleased in 1989 and 1990.

Source:  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_to_the_Future

The Great Gatsbyis a 2013 3D romantic drama film. It is an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel of the same name. The film is co-written and directed by Baz Luhrmann, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. The official Warner Bros. website says: «The filmmaker created his own distinctive visual interpretation of the classic story, bringing the period to life in a way that has never been seen before.» It follows the life and times of millionaire Jay Gatsby (played by DiCaprio) and his neighbour Nick, who tells of his encounter with Gatsby in 1920s America. Warner Bros. says, «Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich, their illusions, loves and deceits.»

Prior to this film there had already been a Broadway play and numerous film adaptations of F. Scott Fitzgerald's acclaimed novel. When Luhrmann was asked about the movie, he stated that he planned the remake to be more timely due to its theme of criticizing the often irresponsible lifestyles of wealthy people. It is perhaps a reflection of money in the early 21st century.The Great Gatsbywas planned to be filmed in New York, where the novel is set, starting in June 2011. The director instead opted to have the principal photography happen in Sydney. Filming began on September 5, 2011, at Fox Studios Australia. The shoot finished on December 22, 2011, with additional shots filmed in January 2012.

Sources:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Gatsby_%282013_film%29
thegreatgatsby.warnerbros.com/#

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In memory of the scholar

1937-2014

пішов з життя видатний український науковець, 

академік Роман Теодорович Гром'як

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May Troubles in US History

May 4, 1886  — The Haymarket Square Riot occurred in Chicago after 180 police officers advanced on 1,300 persons gathered in the square listening to speeches of labor activists and anarchists. A bomb was thrown. Seven policemen were killed and over 50 wounded. Four anarchists were then charged with conspiracy to kill, convicted and hanged while another committed suicide in jail. Three others were given lengthy jail terms.

May 4, 1970  — At Kent State University, four students — Allison Krause, 19; Sandra Lee Scheuer, 20; Jeffrey Glenn Miller, 20; and William K. Schroeder, 19 — were killed by National Guardsmen who opened fire on a crowd of 1,000 students protesting President Richard Nixon's decision to invade Cambodia. Eleven others were wounded. The shootings set off tumultuous campus demonstrations across America resulting in the temporary closing of over 450 colleges and universities.

IM-25 home video materials


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Happy Labor Day!

How was International Labour Day born?

And it was in the USA that the labour movement was born, which would choose this day to focus its demands. The embrionic workers’ associations and unions organized themselves during the 19th century and began to fight against deplorable working conditions – a working day of between 8 and 10 hours and in many cases in conditions of extreme discomfort and/or danger. In some industries, the life expectancy did not reach 25 years of age!

The unions/associations formed the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions – FOTLU (November 1881), later the American Labour Federation, which at its National Convention in Chicago in 1884, proclaimed that after 1st May 1886, the working day should be 8 hours. FOTLU announced a series of actions and strikes to apply pressure on the authorities to force them to implement the new working regime. Meanwhile the labour movement was brutally repressed by the Pinkerton security agents and the police.

When the day arrived, 1st May 1886, around 300,000 workers in 13,000 firms started to strike. Chicago was the epicentre of the labour movement and names such as Louis Lingg, Johann Most, Albert Parsons and August Spies will forever be linked with May 1st. The strikes and the revolutionary atmosphere created by the various factions linked to the labour movement continued during 2nd and 3rd May, but always in a climate of peace. However, everything would change the following day.

Haymarket Massacre


Due to the increasing brutality by the authorities against the peaceful labour movement, the workers decided to organise a public conference in Haymarket Square, Chicago, on May 4th. The main speaker, August Spies, addressed the crowd of workers and their families, including many children. Eye witnesses, which included the Mayor of Chicago, declared that his speech did not incite violence.

However, the police force decided to charge and attack the crowd; someone (and it is not clear whether it was a worker of an agent provocateur connected to the authorities, threw a bomb at the police and these responded by firing into the crowd.

Eight anarchist leaders were arrested and accused of instigating violence and the jury (chosen from among the corporate elitists) found them guity in one of the most blatant travesties of justice in history. Four were hanged, one committed suicide in his cell the night before the hanging in November 1887. The other three were pardoned six years later.

The day was never adopted as a public holiday in the USA but the workers’ movement and its claims echoed far and wide, reaching the four corners of the world, where May 1st started to become the focal point for demonstrations in favour of workers’ rights. International Socialist proclaimed the date International Labour Day in 1889.

In 1890, May Day demonstrations were generalised and worldwide, from the USA and Canada, to Brazil, Cuba, Peru, Chile, and across Europe from Ireland to Russia.


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Home is Best!

The trip is over and what a great meeting it was!

I opened the Plenary Session 

Many, many thanks to the department of American studies of МГЛУ, Минск!

Стулов Юрий Викторович

Заведующий кафедрой зарубежной литературы Минского государственного лингвистического университета.В 1966 г. окончил Минский государственный лингвистический университет. В 1985 г. защитил кандидатскую диссертацию на тему «Художественное своеобразие творчества Дж. Болдуина 1950-х – к. 1970-х гг.».

 Сфера научных интересов: современная афроамериканская литература.

 

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Во всем мире 22 апреля отмечается международный День Земли.

On the Earth day It is not unusual to think about one American writer who created the most famous essay about nature ever produced in the USA — these two are...

EMERSON

and his most famous work

Nature (1836)

(5-year students make a presentation on the essy and Emerson's biography)

however, it is hard to realize that Emerson's phylosophy in many ways a product of his cluture and it is based on things like that...

It is not really nature-loving, it's more like nature killing, and hunting to the point of total extermination,

skinning animals alive and taking bloody trophies.

Emrson's book should be called «How to exploit Nature», shouldn't it?

Unless you think American attitude to nature is like this...


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