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'The Artful Dodger '- a silent movie score
In a busy city art gallery an exhibition of paintings showing emotions is displayed for a private view for important guests. The gallery curator is busy ensuring all the finishing touches are in place and her young son is bored. The assistant has dozed off after studying a painting of a child resting. The curator's son, inspired by another painting entitled 'Temptation', decides to cause chaos in the gallery. The paintings' narrative and moods dictate the gestures and action throughout this film. Recognisable cinematic 'conventions' used historically in silent movies permeate the action, and the musical score enhances the narrative throughout.
Children are encouraged to study emotions and narrative seen in the content of a painting and heard in a piece of music. This can lead to discussions on how artists and musicians depict mood using form, tempo, pitch, style, expression, shape, colour and space. There are cross curricular links with Literacy, History and Drama using role play and mime. The use of Silent Movies as a social and historic record can encourage research into early 20th century life. Body language, communication skills and the wider implications of behaviour and conflict can be explored in PSHE and Global Citizenship studies. The film could be used to introduce the work and purpose of local galleries and museums.
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