Worksheet #5: Monsoon Wedding
(Handout) Written Assignment - See Course Plan for relevant deadlines
ASSIGNMENT WITH THIS HEADING:
IDENTIFY THE FILM WITH THIS MLA-STYLE BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ENTRY:
Monsoon Wedding. Dir. Mira Nair. Wr. Carolyn Baron and Mira Nair. Perf. Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shafali Shetty, Vijay Raaz, Tillotama Shome, Vasundhara Das. IFC [Independent Film Channel] Productions, Mirabai Films, Key Films [Keyfilms Roma], Pandora Films, Paradis Films, 2001. The Criterion Collection, 2009. [Monsoon Wedding and Seven Short Films Director-Approved Special Edition Double-Disc Set.] DVD.
Film Worksheet #5: Monsoon Wedding
Part A. READING ASSIGNMENT: Read some film
reviews/commentaries on Monsoon Wedding and director Mira
Nair, and/or source/s on relevant background topics such as Indian
arranged marriages; New Dehli and old Dehli; Punjab and Punjabi
culture; the seasonal monsoon rains esp. as related to India;
India's colonial history, Indian Independence from U.K. (15 August
1947) and the Partition (of India and Pakistan).
Part B. YOUR FILM VIEWING IMPRESSIONS: Respond to FOUR of the following topics:
2. Plots/Subplots, Associated Characters, & Endings: Monsoon Wedding is an "ensemble" film crowded with characters and develops five storylines (main plots and subplots). Briefly describe the film's five storylines, identify the characters that figure most prominently in each, and briefly explain how each of these plots/subplots is ended/resolved (or not) at the film's conclusion.
3. Important Scenes/Sequences: Major challenges for the director are introducing and developing all these stories and characters, cutting back and forth among them, integrating and balancing (big and small) key scenes/sequences of comedy and drama, moving characters and plots forward to their climaxes over the three hectic days and nights of wedding preparations and parties. Choose and analyze two or three scenes you found significant in developing characters, relationships, and/or storylines.
4. Different Kinds of Marriages and love affairs (good and bad) are illustrated in Monsoon Wedding. Compare/Contrast two or three of them. Also comment on the film's representation of semi-arranged marriage in contemporary India.
Delhi, Monsoon Rains - Give examples from the film of the following:
6. Family and/or Other Themes: What does Monsoon Wedding have to say about the importance and dynamics of Punjabi families? Illustrate your observations. Compare/contrast to U.S. families: what cultural similarities and/or differences do you notice? Or offer your interpretation of other themes/messages of the film.
7. Sight, Sound, Techniques - Comment on some of the other aspects of the film: Use of color & costume, striking images, songs/musical scores & dance, hand-held camerawork, filming primarily on location, montages of old and New Delhi, and/or other visual/aural aspects of the film.
8. Comparison/Contrast - Monsoon Wedding & previous FA 125 films: Compare/contrast significant similarities and/or significant differences between Monsoon Wedding and one or more of the previous films we've studied so far.
Part C: QUESTIONS/COMMENTS: Pose at least one thought-provoking discussion question and/or comment on one additional topic (not already addressed above) to enliven our upcoming seminar on Monsoon Wedding. You might wish to consult the following web source for ideas:
Dembrow, Michael. "Study Questions for Monsoon Wedding." English 197 Film Studies: Contemporary Cinema, Spring 2010; and English 196 Film Studies: Directors, Winter 2008. Dept. of English, Portland Community College-Cascades, 2010. Web. 6 May 2010. <http://spot.pcc.edu/~mdembrow/MONSOOn%20WEDDING.htm>.
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Monsoon Wedding (handout) Written Assignment
Last updated: 16 May 2010