Film as Literature

Film as Literature Summer Reading

Honors and Academic Selections

Film as Literature Honors Film as Literature Academic


Read: I am Legends by Richard Matheson (just that story itself)


Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope




Watch: The Godfather


Read: I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (just that story itself)


 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope




Watch: The Godfather

General Expectations (regardless of level):
  • Each student is responsible for completing the material. For the films, you may want to first check a service like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, on Demand, etc. before actually purchasing the film. I would caution though- if you see it available watch it at that moment. The movies change regularly on those services.

  • As you view the film- mark the characters, the plot of the story, any interesting camera shots or scenes, and answer the questions listed below.

  • For the book- annotations are recommended but not required

  • Your notes and observations will be collected on the first day of class.

  • Prepare for a brief objective evaluation on the first day of class.

  • Even if you’ve seen the movies previously, you must watch them again for this class. We are going to be discussing them in a different context than you probably have in the past.

Questions to Answer:
 1.) How does the character of your story fit into the concept of the hero or anti-hero?
 2.) What choices are made by the script, direction, or acting that lend credibility to your point of view?