Dear colleagues & Prof Thompson:
"Male Animal" (Warners 1942, with Henry Fonda) is an excellent comedy-drama
about a fictional college professor of English literature (not yet tenured), who
along with his English Dept. colleagues gets involved in a political controversy.
Extremely interesting is the professor's attempt to use RHETORIC itself in that
"Confessions of a Nazi Spy" (Warners 1939, with Edward G Robinson) is a striking
early semi-documentary about Nazi propagandists' attempts to promote Hitler's
ideology in the USA, and US counter-spies' attempts to infiltrate the
propagandists' German-American organizations and to put a stop to their Nazi
propaganda. Much political rhetoric, i.e., "propaganda," is presented and
dissected in the film, recreated by professional actors as if they were real people.
"Citizen Kane" (RKO 1941, by & with Orson Welles) hardly needs commentary.
The life of a fictional publisher (inspired by a real publisher) who became a master
and abuser of rhetoric (information and dis-information) in his own journalistic
"Deadline USA" (MGM '52, with Humphrey Bogart) is the story of an old New
York daily newspaper attempting to mainstain high journalistic standards in
increasingly difficult competition with more commercially-oriented, less
P.S. Does anyone know why some postings on list-servers, like this one,
mess up the text by sticking in "20" and/or " -- " at the end of many lines?
Are those "insertions" really necessary?
Best wishes to all,
Steven P Hill,
University of Illinois.
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Date: Thu, 3 Aug 2006 00:00:14
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Subject: SCREEN-L Digest - 1 Aug 2006 to 2 Aug 2006 (#2006-129)
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Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2006 17:16:17 -0500
From: Lou Thompson <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Suggestions for rhetoric of/and film class
I am teaching a graduate course called Rhetoric of/and Film this fall. =
I'm looking for some suggestions for films. I'd like to cover about ten =
or so, at least half documentary. I'm so overwhelmed with the sheer =
number of options right now I'm having trouble settling on something, so =
I thought I'd send a request for any suggestions, ideas, etc. I'm =
looking for a variety of films that will offer us the opportunity to =
examine ideology and how it is presented in varying methods and degrees. =
There are a few restrictions:]
The students are graduate students in English and/or rhetoric, not film =
students. Some of them will have had other film classes with me, but =
most will not have. Though the list below may seem like films everyone =
has seen, the sad truth is that most of my students will have seen maybe =
one or two of them. Only one student will have seen them all, but she's =
one of my Netflix buddies.
The class is an online class, so the films will have to be obtained
through means such as Netflix or GreenCine. So no Nanook.
Here's what I have so far:(very tentative):
Documentaries: Triumph of the Will (Netflix), Fog of War, Bowling for Columbine
Features: Rashomon,Philadelphia,Quiet American,The New World,3Kings,Crash.
Dr. Lou Ann Thompson, Department of English, Speech, and Foreign Languages
Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX 76204.
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Date: Wed, 2 Aug 2006 15:02:25 +0300
From: Naomi Tirosh <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Suggestions for rhetoric of/and film class
Mr. Smith goes to Washington 1939
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