| Akira Kurosawa was one of the most distinguished filmmakers of the 20th century. George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Martin Scorsese credit him as a major influence on their work. In spite of this, his films have only a small following in the United States. In this lesson plan, students will become acquainted with Kurosawa the filmmaker and his work. They will discover information on his life and his films, and create a script, video, or skit/play based on quotes from GREAT PERFORMANCES' KUROSAWA.|
1. Students will identify and discuss elements of Kurosawa's films.
2. Students will conduct research on Kurosawa's life and work.
3. Students will design a project that incorporates elements of film learned in their research.
4. Students will exhibit an understanding of how Kurosawa influenced the American film industry.
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Understands how informal and formal theater, film, television, and electronic media productions create and communicate meaning.
Art Connections Standard
Understands how the characteristic materials of various arts (e.g., sound in music, visual stimuli in visual arts, movement in dance, human interrelationships in theater) are used to transform similar events, scenes, emotions, or ideas into distinct works of art.
Writing: Uses the stylistic and rhetorical aspects of writing.
Working with Others
Contributes to the overall effort of a group.
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