Think Critically: Comics Study Questions

31 Jul
Graphic Composition/Art
1. In regard to Max Ernst’s Une Semaine de Bonte: A Surrealist Novel in Collage, describe three of the “days” Ernst illustrates in his work in terms of the theme of the day. No specific interpretation is correct, however thoughtful analysis and creativity will be helpful.

 

Wordless Novels
1. Interpret the image on the cover of Giacomo Patri’s White Collar. Why do you believe he made this image the cover? Also offer one or two possible interpretations of the title, White Collar.

 

Storyboard/Graphic Narrative
1. In regard to Bertold Bartosch’s L’Idee, the music was not added until two years following initial debut. Do you believe the music enhanced how you perceived and interpreted the movie? Why or why not?

 

Literary Adaptation/Screenplay
1. In Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, discuss the importance of the marriage of the film’s explosive and riveting script with the incredible stock of famed Hollywood actors.

 

Graphic Genre: Film Noir
1. In Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, discuss the character of Sam Spade in terms of heroism or anti-heroism, and give specific examples to support your argument.
2. In Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, discuss how the film pulls you into a sort of “dream world” that seems impossible to escape from. For example, you may talk about the film’s photography, or the rapturous action filled with deceit and double-crossing.

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