Clint Eastwood - Gran Torino
First contact with Gran Torino"Muscle cars" - timeless masterpieces or relics of the past?
Icons of America's muscle car culture
The downfall of American muscle cars
Jamie Cullum - Gran TorinoAnalysing the film's main theme
Gran Torino: A visual abstractionWorking with a film poster
While-viewing: Getting into the filmThe exposition of Gran Torino
Comprehension: The exposition of Gran Torino
Contrasts and similarities in the film's exposition
Beyond the text: Reworking the exposition
Understanding Hmong People and CultureTo be Hmong American
A timeline: Hmong life until today
Contrasts and similarities in the film’s exposition
Contrast and similarity
A film often works with contrasts and similarities. Besides many other purposes, they serve to define a character closer, to enhance the central conflict of a film or to create tension. Contrasts and similarities can appear in almost any kind of film element – in its lighting as well as in its plot, main characters and numerous others.
Use vocabulary to contrast two scenes. Use your language skills to discuss and express how the characters ‚belong‘ into their respective surrounding.
Reflect on the individual background of our main characters in the film. Find points that are different – and discover facets that might provide a link between both cultures.
Contrast and similarity in the exposition
Watch the following scenes again closely and describe how the technique of contrast and similarity is used here:
- 00:07:44 – 00:08:05
- 00:10:33 – 00:11:20
Afterwards, discuss with a partner what these scenes show about the question of belonging.
Write a short text in which you describe the contrasts and similarities in the two scenes and analyse their impact on the question of belonging.
while… / whereas … / in contrast to… / contrary to… / unlike… / both… and… share / like… / have in common… / similar… / in the same way… / also, … / thus…