My film class just finished watch “The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”. I used this movie to discuss and demonstrate drama. Before the film, we talked about “how to read a film”. We use the literary aspects (plot, characters, setting), the dramatic aspects (props, costume, music) and the cinematic aspects (camera angle, film speed) in order to interpret what we are viewing in a film. I felt like the Pirates of the Caribbean demonstrated all of those aspects very well, and would be a film the students would be interested in. After we finished the film, I had the students do a scene analysis. We re-watched the scene in which Jack kills Barbossa in the cave. We discussed the symbolism we saw as well as the props we saw, the setting, the characters, the action, what the camera was doing, and how that one scene changed the movie entirely. Here is the clip:

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