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1)Underline 5 similarities between Ken Loach’s life and work and Gustave Courbet’ s life and work.
2)Choose 5 sentences or more and ask as many questions as you can.
Gustave Courbet was born in La Vallée de la Loue (Loue Valley) in Franche-Comté on June 10th 1819 .He studied in Besançon and Paris. His family wanted him to study law but he preferred drawing and painting. He spent a lot of his time in museums copying a huge amount of paintings and eventually stopped studying law. He was politically involved in La Commune and was attributed the destruction of La Colonne Vandôme.
He liked saying “Courbet sans les courbettes”.It means that he was a very straightforward person with a lot of personality- at times, too much!He wrote many interesting pamphlets and letters to explain his viewpoints about painting. He didn’t want to work for the Académie des Beaux-Arts and refused any type of promotion linked to the government because he wanted to be a free “thinker”.
He had a son who died when he was 25 years old .
He was condemned by the French government and put in prison. He died in exile in Switzerland on December 31st 1877. The debate about his responsibility or the absence of responsibility in the destruction of the Column is still going on.
His painting has the realism of every day life:
-people at work
-people coming back from a burial
-ordinary people at a burial
-hunting scenes with realistic details
-ordinary people by the riverside
-nudes with realistic details
-portraits and landscapes of his region
The common key-word and denominator between the two people is r e a l i s m .
Ken Loach was born on June 17th 1936. He started studying law and eventually became a comedian. He is interested in shooting films and documentaries about daily life.He becomes the reference for “docudrama”, a mixture of fiction and documentaries.
He wants to show the difficulties of people in today’s world. The words which best sum up his work are= dark and gloomy, depressive and depressed, depression, gloominess and darkness.
He usually resorts to ordinary people rather than real actors.
He likes shooting films about the working-classes.
Kes (1969) is a film about a young boy who trains a kestrel in an ordinary working-class family with very ordinary people.
-cinema as a tool for understanding our world
-cinema should inform, educate and high light our human condition
-cinema should stress important elements in people’s daily life=
their problems in their jobs and their family relationships.
-cinema should serve politics, ethics and economy more than entertainment.
– “Humour is essential to our humanity”. “It is a question of survival.”
– Football is part and parcel of social life in working class families
Regions shot by the artist:
Sheffield, Manchester-Liverpool , Glasgow.
The wild child
What can he do?
What can’t he do?
What does he like?
What doesn’t he like?
He can swim .
He can’t swim.
He can walk.
He can’t walk.
He can run.
He can’t run.
He can’t ride a bicycle.
He can read.
He can’t read.
He can eat with a fork and a knife.
He can’t eat with a fork.
He likes eating potatoes.
He also likes eating fruit and vegetables.
He can get dressed.
He can’t get dressed.
He likes wearing clothes.
He doesn’t like wearing clothes.
He likes the company of Madame Guérin.
He doesn’t like the company of Me Guérin.
Your opinion about this great film:
It is funny when he knocks at the windows. He is funny when he is in the wheelbarrow. The end is a happy end for Victor.”
Mélanie: “I liked the film a lot. I enjoyed the film because there are monologues but no suspense.”
“Estelle loved the film the wild child because he hasn’t got a family.”
“Benjamin loves the film the wild child. It is very sad and inspiring.”
Michaël: ” I liked the film a lot because it is funny !”
Alexandre: ” I liked the film but I didn’t like Victor’s fits.”
Hasan likes the film but thinks that the child is strange.
Nathan: ” I like the movie The wild child.
He likes drinking water in the river the forest,
he likes running and animals but
Victor doesn’t like school !
I like when Victor is in the wheelbarrow because it’s funny. I think it’s a great movie.”
About the film: Where does the story take place?
1) It takes place in Iona in Scotland
2) It takes place in Kells in Ireland
3)Louis Le Bocquy, a painter (born in 1916) inspired the film-maker
3) The book was transferred in 806 from Iona in Scotland to Kells in Ireland
Who are the characters of the film?
1) he is a tall and protective man who lives in a tower
2)he forgot he was an illuminator in the past
3)he has got ginger hair
4)he lives in a tower to forget the past
1) He is of small size
2)he teaches Brendan how to draw or how to observe
1) She is a real and mythical cat
2) She is only mythical
3) There are poems written by the monk in the archives which mention the cat
1) They were killed by Crom Cruach
2) They died when she was younger
3) They are still alive
1) She is a fairy and an angel
2) She is intelligent, careful and also very sensitive
3) She moves on four feet
4) She can transform herself into a wolf
Abbots Tang, Leonardo and Assoua:
1) They are all illuminators
2) They are allowed out of the monastery
3) They are not allowed out of the monastery
4)They are entirely dedicated to the scriptorium
5) They eventually/finally die but the spectator doesn’t see them
1) They are not menacing shadows
2)They are represented as cruel animals
3) They represent death, unhappiness, dangers and tragedy, destruction and war, horror and blood
1) He is a Celtic God with a snake
2)He represents the dragon as a legend
3) He was shot by Saint Patrick in Irish mythology
4)His name means “The Dark One”
What are the Celtic symbols in the film?
1) The square
2) The rectangle
5) light modifies the scenes
6) light doesn’t modify the scenes
7) forest as paradise on earth
8) forest as opposed to flat landscapes
9) the circle as the symbol of harmony
10) the “triskele” is a Celtic symbol which is a representation of water, fire and earth
And now the story:
1) it starts when Brendan is a child and finishes when he is an adult
2)it is the story of the evolution of a young boy into adulthood
3)the Book is always present in Brendan’s mind
4)the Vikings are always present in Brendan’s Uncle’s mind
The Book of Kells:
1)The Book of Kells is a real book which is in Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
2)The Book of Kells isn’t a real book and doesn’t exist.
It is a legend.
What about Pangur Ban, the magic spell and spirit?
1)Pangur Ban, the white cat, existed. She is a female cat.
2)Pangur Ban the white cat never existed.
3)One of the monks wrote poems about her.
How is Celtic mythology represented ?
1) symbols inspired by nature and animist cults.
2) it is close to natural rites and rhythms
Can you name painters who inspired the artist?
The monastery is very beautiful.
The colors are original.
People are monks and priests.
Walls have got bizarre shapes.
Brendan is twelve years old.
He is an orphan: he hasn’t got any parents.
His father and his mother died.
He meets a very friendly girl: she is called Aisling!
She will help him. She is a fairy. He is looking for berries to make ink
because he wants to write the Chi Ro page.
Brendan is of medium height and size and has got ginger hair.
He lives in Kells in Ireland.
Brendan’s Uncle is the head of Kells.
He is taking care of other monks and people.
The book is very important to him.
The security and safeness of the monastery matters to him as well!
He lives in a tower which opens with a very narrow door.
He is very strict because he wants to save the monks and his people from the Northmen’s attacks.
The Secret Of Kells
Description of Aisling: long white hair and green eyes. She looks like a fairy and she is one! She has the power to turn the cat, Pangur Ban into a fish-cat, a spirit! She can use her spells!
Description of Brendan: short orange hair and blue eyes, long feet, curly and funny ears! He is the hero of the story and we can see him when he is older!
Description of the monks: Asian, African, all walks of life! They are wearing long red coats
I like the scene when :
– When Brendan dreams that the Vikings will attack Kells because he has visions and can trust his imagination! He is a visionary!
– When Brendan makes a lot of drawings on the Book! He is inspiring!
I like the scenes when there is
- a lot of suspense and many battles
- when the forest is beautiful
- when the book is beautiful and turns into a magic spell!
- Pangur Ban is really cute with two different colours for his eyes! Pangur Ban did exist! He was one of the monk’s cat. The monk wrote poems about her!
Our film review about the Secret of Kells
I liked the scene when the little boy writes the sacred book
-I liked the discovery of the forest
-I liked the scene when he catches the monster’s eye.
-We liked the red and the green colours and the drawings!
My best scenes:
– The meeting between Aisling and Brendan
-She is quicker than Brendan,
she runs faster and she is the best!
-She has magical powers to trasnform nature .The cat can go where she cannot
My best favorite scenes
-When his Uncle is hurt, someone tells Brendan : « You must go, your Uncle is not dead! »
– Brendan disobeys his Uncle to pick up berries because he is not allowed to do so!
-Vikings’s attack and the wolves eat the Vikings in the forest
-Brendan thinks the bees will attack him but it is not true!
the Vikings ‘s attacks are in red
Aisling in the forest
the wolves ‘s scenes are also in red
Aisling ‘s eyes
the wolves ‘s eyes
beautiful nature: waterfalls, rivers, leaves in spring, leaves on trees, leaves falling down,
the Vikings’ s eyes
the monster Crumach
The scene when Brendan is writing
when the Vikings go Kells
When Brendan meets his uncle
The wolf’s lips and mouth
When Brendan writes the Book of Kells
the fire, the sky, the buildings, the walls, the attacks, the
Brendan catches the goose
Brendan’s UNCLE’s clothes
green berries for green ink
Aisling disappears and gets lost in darkness
red represents evil or a danger: it means something bad is going to happen
and green represents what is best and good in life, luck, happiness,
writing and drawing