Unit 12
6 • Creation and arts

From silent to talkie
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➜ How did the arrival of sound change movies for actors and spectators?



Step 3


Write an article about the challenges of making a talkie.
Activity 4
Activity 5

Get ready!

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a. What comes to your mind when you hear “silent movie”? List as many words as possible.

b. Look at the vocabulary boxes below. Select a title for each box from the list below.

  • a story
  • a movie
  • people
  • verbs
  • places
  • genres
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2

a. Look at the picture. Say as many things as you can about it.

b. Is the crew filming a silent movie or a talkie?


3
GROUP WORK
Discuss the brainstorming questions with your group. Do you like silent movies? Why or why not?


4
IDIOM
Read the idiom of the week below. With the photo and the note, guess its meaning and rephrase it in your own words.

Your final project


You are a member of your school film club. Get ready for next month meeting entitled From silent to talkie.
Let's go!

Brainstorming question

1
Do you know which is the first silent film ever made? (Hint: it was made in France in 1895!)

2
Can you imagine the audience’s reaction back then?

IDIOM of the week!


That’s a wrap!

IDIOM of the week!
Wrap is an acronym for “Wind, Reel And Print” meaning that you rewind the film on the reel and print the footage (= film). The director says it at the end of a scene or movie to indicate that everything appears to be satisfactory.

On your way to the task - Step 1


Talking heads: participate in a documentary programme about silent cinema.
Activity 1

Toolbox

Toolbox
  • blockbuster /ˈblɒkˌbʌstə/ (n.)
  • camera operator (n.)
  • director (n.)
  • film location / setting (n.)
  • microphone /ˈmaɪkrəfəʊn/ (n.)
  • technician (a member of the crew) (n.)
  • look tense / focused (v.)
  • play a part / act in a film (v.)

Let's learn!

Crossing words

Select 10 words from the mind map or the toolbox, write a definition for each and make a crossword.

Silent movies



1
  • main / secondary (adj.)
  • script / screenplay (n.)
  • character / protagonist (n.)
  • part / role (n.)
  • intrigue (n.)
  • plot / sub plot (n.)
  • twist (n.)
  • Happy Ending (n.)

5
  • cut / edit (v.)
  • film / shoot a scene (v.)
  • rehearse (v.)
  • release /rɪˈliːs/ (v.)
  • show / screen a film (v.)
  • starring / featuring /ˈfiːtʃərɪŋ/ (exp.)

4
  • action film (n.)
  • animation film (n.)
  • comedy (n.)
  • documentary (n.)
  • drama / tear jerker (n.)
  • romance (n.)
  • sci-fi /ˈsaɪ-faɪ/ (n.)
  • a sequel /ˈsiːkwəl/ (n.)

2
  • box office (n.)
  • cinema / movie theatre /ˈθɪətə/ (n.)
  • dressing room (n.)
  • nickelodeon /ˈnɪkəˌləʊdɪən/ / jukebox (n.)
  • set / shooting location (n.)
  • setting (n.)
  • studio (n.)

Silent movies

3
  • actor / star / actress (n.)
  • clapman (n.)
  • costume designers (n.)
  • lighting technicians (n.)
  • make-up artists
  • producer (n.)
  • stunt man (n.)
  • film critic (n.)

6
  • blockbuster ≠ dud / flop (n.)
  • cameo /ˈkæmɪˌəʊ/ (n.)
  • cinemagoer / film buff (n.)
  • close-up (n.)
  • credits (n.)
  • film / movie / flick (n.)
  • reel (of film) (n.)
  • screen (n.)


The Artist, by Micheal Hazanavicius, 2011.
The Artist, by Micheal Hazanavicius, 2011.

Step 2


Convince your classmates to have a special issue about silent cinema.
Activity 2
Activity 3

Retrouvez une banque d'audios et de vidéos authentiques en lien avec cette thématique.
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