Arthur Lipsett's first film is an avant-garde blend of photography and sound. It looks behind the business-as-usual face we put on life and shows anxieties we want to forget. It is made of dozens of pictures that seem familiar, with fragments of speech heard in passing and, between times, a voice saying, "Very nice, very nice." It was critically acclaimed and plays frequently in festivals and film schools around the world.
Ages 13 to 17
Civics/Citizenship - Citizen Responsibilities
Media Education - Consumerism
Social Studies - Communities in Canada/World
What is the message of the film? How is it conveyed? What did it make you think about? Do you think the message holds true today? How important is the media in the formation of our identities, our needs and our wants? Watch TV commercials, read magazines and read/watch news and have students challenge their beliefs about ads, government, relationships. Employ media analysis framework.