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Exploring Mazursky. English 90AS: Reading Genres | Fall 2011. Abby DelBianco, Sarah Elsakr, Chinny Sharma, Cathy Wang. Fast-Write (3 minutes). How would Prospero’s trials and situations be different if he had been directly involved in his own downfall?

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Exploring mazursky

Exploring Mazursky

English 90AS: Reading Genres | Fall 2011

Abby DelBianco, Sarah Elsakr, Chinny Sharma, Cathy Wang


Fast write 3 minutes
Fast-Write (3 minutes)

  • How would Prospero’s trials and situations be different if he had been directly involved in his own downfall?

  • Cite examples from the text if necessary.


The tempest 1982
The Tempest (1982)

  • New York City, New York

  • Philip the famous architect

  • Antonia (Philip’s wife) & Alonzo (Philip’s boss)

  • Philip, Miranda, Aretha, Kalibanos on an abandoned Greek isle

  • Alonzo and his crew shipwrecked


Film clips
Film Clips

  • SarahPhilip and Antonia fighting in New York

  • AbbyFreddie and Miranda meeting on the Greek isle

  • CathyPhilip day-dreaming in New York

  • ChinnyThe closing scene of the film


Prospero v philip
Prospero v. Philip

  • Fast-Write assignment

  • Exile v. escape

  • Reliability as a protagonist (characterization based on his insanity)

  • The closing scene of the movie

    • Do you think Philip is still in control throughout the movie?

    • We’ll continue discussing the closing scene with Chinny


Roles of women
Roles of Women

  • Antonia & Dolores v. Miranda & Aretha

  • Appearance associated with personality

  • Obsession with sexuality

  • What is the purpose of including women in the plotline?

  • What concepts or problems do they represent (absent in the original)?


Revenge v midlife crisis
Revenge v. Midlife Crisis

  • Interior v. exterior conflicts

  • Interlude v. exile

  • Fantasy and reality: the ideal situation

    • Is Mazursky trying to say something completely new with this change in plot?

    • If people have the option of a brief escape, would most people take it?


Reconciliation
Reconciliation

  • Atmosphere of the concluding scene (short, nonchalant, inconclusive)

  • Characterizing Prospero as virtuous or manipulative?

  • Aretha’s character dancing with Alonzo – what’s up with THAT?

  • Why does Philip apologize to Kalibanos?


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