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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?
1(9.1%)
3:00 -- Bleh. . . been a long day, low blood sugar, let's turn the academic brain off and watch a movie!
2(18.2%)
9:00 -- Better to see the movie before you discuss it.
6(54.5%)
3:00 -- After the discussion, you'll appreciate the movie more.
2(18.2%)
9:00 -- Other reason
0(0.0%)
3:00 -- Other reason
0(0.0%)

Comments

ssotknapsack
Jan. 8th, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
I once had a screenwriting class where the sessions were 85 minutes long, giving us juuust enough time to run in and watch a movie and discuss it in the following class period. I really liked two answers in your poll though, since I can see valid reasons to discuss a movie before and after viewing it (eventually I decided I'd rather watch a movie at 9 a.m. and discuss it later).

What our class ended up doing was having a ten minute "preview" discussion led by our instructor, perhaps even a week or so before the film. He'd bring up obvious things like, "This is film noir..." or "You should look for..." and give us a chance to research what we needed. Then we'd watch the film one day and come back and discuss it during the next class period. The "preview" was very helpful to guide us into the right mindset and make sure we all paid attention to certain important elements. But the discussion was best left till after everyone had seen the movie and could comment together on specifics. (IMHO)
frenchpony
Jan. 9th, 2007 03:27 am (UTC)
I think I pretty much lean that way, too. We have class tomorrow, so we'll start experimenting and see where we end up.

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