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Global Film Musicals

One of my classes this quarter is Global Film Musicals. It's taught by the guy I came to the University of Chicago to study with, and it looks like it'll be lots of fun, despite the weird formatting that caused the registrar to short out and list it with an entirely fictional meeting time in the course catalog. But all that's been ironed out now. It turns out that the class meets twice a day for six weeks, leaving the other four weeks free to devote to our final projects. The morning session runs from 9:00 to 10:20, and the afternoon session runs from 3:00 to 4:20. Lest you recoil in horror at this prospect, I will add that one of these sessions each day will be a discussion session, but one session, we'll watch a Global Film Musical.

Originally, we were going to spend the morning sessions discussing, and the afternoon sessions watching movies. However, one member of the class, who didn't realize what the schedule was going to be (because no one actually thought to mention it anywhere), can't make Tuesday mornings. So, we've been debating how to schedule the movies and discussions to make it worthwhile for everyone. We'll be watching two movies a week, which will be nifty, and it got me thinking about what time of day is best for watching movies in class. I can see merits to both a 9:00 and a 3:00 screening, but I'm wondering what you guys might think. . .

Poll #902371 Quickie Quiz!

So, when would you want to watch the movie?

9:00 -- Who wants to, yecch, think at nine in the morning?
3:00 -- Bleh. . . been a long day, low blood sugar, let's turn the academic brain off and watch a movie!
9:00 -- Better to see the movie before you discuss it.
3:00 -- After the discussion, you'll appreciate the movie more.
9:00 -- Other reason
3:00 -- Other reason


Jan. 8th, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)
I put 9:00 thinking that if I saw the movie at 3:00 I'd forget everything by the time I had to discuss it the next morning, but thinking it over I'd almost rather discuss it before I saw it. Maybe I'm just lazy, but I might get more out of it if I knew what to look for. I wish they had taught literature that way, too, instead of just making a bunch of kids read Tess of the D'Urbervilles cold and then guess what was supposed to be important about it.
Jan. 8th, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC)
When I read Tess of the D'Urbervilles, I thought it was primarily an excercise in making-it-worse. No matter what happened to Tess, she could always manage to make her own situation much worse. Kind of like Anna Karenina. I never did manage to muster much sympathy for either heroine.


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