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    Hello Brainmass OTAs,
    I need to do the paper below. I would really appreciate it if you can help me. I write the full assignment below -

    Each theme of the unit features several Internet sites, selected for their completeness and relevance. For this theme we have selected:

    1) http://www.monalisamania.com/ All about Mona Lisa, by the Friends of Mona Lisa.
    2) http://www.michelangelo.com/buonarroti.html We can't do da Vinci and leave out Michelangelo. This site has just about everything you could want to know about him with dozens of links to his art.
    3. http://www.angelfire.com/oh/Pretzel/dogsummary.html How would you teach Shakespeare's Hamlet to school children? Through cartoons, of course. Check it out (it would be nice to see Mel Gibson's movie Hamlet first).


    Yes, you can see movies for your grade! Send me a short report . Here are some suggestions:


    SHAKESPEAR IN LOVE= Shakespeare has writer's block but love overcomes all. Learn a lot about Renaissance theater, gender roles, petty politics, etc.

    DANGEROUS BEAUTY= Life (and how!) in Renaissance Venice -- I quote from the DVD jacket: "Passion, seduction, betrayal ... a scandalous love story"

    THE GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING= The movie tries to imagine the story behind Vermeer's (Dutch painter) moving portrait. Haunting scenes of 16th century Netherlands.

    THE AGONY AND THE ECSTACY= Charlton Heston plays Michelangelo as he tries to get the Sistine Chapel finished on time and struggles with the Pope all the way. An oldie but a goodie.

    BOCCACCIO'S DECAMERON= The famous Italian director, Pier Paolo Pasolini, tells it just like Boccaccio. Warning: strictly X-rated.

    THE CANTERBURY TALES= Same director, same rating (this guy is going to end up in jail)

    NEITHER DR. ANDERSON OR INTERAMERICAN UNIVERSITY TAKE ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CONTENT (but it is a great window into popular culture). Make your own and get extra credit

    http://hk.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ5p0E7cKwI a short video on da Vinci's machines and inventions using computer graphics

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XxQdtiPDfQ Gutenberg! The Musical! No kidding it's on Broadway!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2VJ3O14iW4 Newton High School AP history class interprets Niccolo Machiavelli (some nice quotes). But he even comes off bad in the AP class

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlLylnpxb9A a tourist shoots the Sistine Chapel with his cell phone (believe it or not it's just like this - noisy, crowded and hurried - but spectacular)

    Then you are ready for the other learning activities (all those icons that clutter up the menu) - INTERNET ACTIVITIES, MOVIES, PLACES TO GO, MUSEUMS TO VISIT, YOU TUBE, HISTORICAL CONTROVERSIES, PRIMARY RESOURCES, WHAT IF? - not all appear on all the themes. You pick and choose what you want to do. Then you write a short report on what you have learned and post send it on your student journal (click Discussions, then click on My Journal and post your report there where I will give you feedback. You can also send me a copy by email and you should save yourself a copy on your personal computer).

    Now, how do you get a grade? Your grade depends on the amount of work you are willing to do on the unit:

    a report on what you learned (that would be 4-6 more reports for the unit or a grand total of 8-12 reports for an A on the unit)

    A report should be about 75-100 words ( a line of print has about 10 words so 75 words is a long paragraph)

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    A short discussion of the Renaissance

    Modern & Contemporary Western Civilization harkens back to the period of establishment of Athenian philosophical thought via Socrates, Plato and Aristotle through to Pax Romana, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment and that period when modern nations came to be celebrating their own identities & independence after years of monarchical colonialism. In the following concise look at movies celebrating the Humanities of Contemporary Western Civilization, the philosophies and arts of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment is celebrated. To understand what the renaissance was about, let me explain -

    "He is a Renaissance man," is a phrase that refers to one who is well rounded and expert in various fields of science & the humanities - one who strives for knowledge & enlightenment by not just reviving the Classics; a renaissance man they say is one who is determined to break the barrier, push for development a lot like the polymaths of the 'renaissance' as we refer to that flourishing & feverish period in Europe's History in the 14th to the 17th Centuries - Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello, Raphael & classical sculptor Michelangelo. Renaissance literally means 're-birth'. After the 'cultural stagnation' of to the Middle Ages (this is the popular opinion about the Medieval Period anyway) an attempt at reviving the Classics of Antiquity started in the 12th century in centres of the Hanseatic League of what today is Germany, early Gothic Art in architecture found its way to Cathedrals in France & Italy. The works of Plato, Aristotle, Virgil & the arts, sciences & architecture of the Greek civilization became of interest to Philosophers, artists, musicians & alchemists. Many however refer to this period as High Medieval Ages, that movement that brought about the full bloom of the Renaissance.

    Short Movie Reports

    (These reports are concise and worded according to guidelines set - they are a reflection on the movies in short 75-100 word paragraphs.)

    ? Shakespeare in Love
    o Starring Gwyneth Paltrow & Joseph Fiennes, this 1998 film focused in giving a socio-historical, albeit greatly fictionalized, narrative to the struggles of one of English Literature's greatest writers - William Shakespeare. I found the movie charming with period costumes and well-written characters played by very competent actors who gave their roles a sense of depth and purpose, giving passion to the drives and purposes of each singular character who, one or the other became inspiration to the classic Shakespeare works that still find relevance in today's world. The setting was glorious and the conflicts, albeit of that period are basically of the same social fundamentals as the conflicts we have today - Shakespeare was in love with a woman betrothed to another, a woman who wanted so badly to act, a profession only reserved for men. To top it off Shakespeare was struggling to make his rent and he has to work with some very dubious characters to make ends meet. This look into the life of Shakespeare makes the legendary writer accessible to us ordinary people.
    ? Word Count: 177

    ? Dangerous Beauty
    o Also titled in some countries as 'The Honest Courtesan', this 1998 movie stars Catherine McCormack as the Parisian Courtesan admired for her talent, beauty and wit by men of power who come to her for comfort. To become a courtesan was not her first choice - she was to marry her beloved Marco Venier when she came of age. But she was not rich and he was - his parents did not approve of his choice. As a courtesan she helped to lobby France to aid Venice in the War with Turkey. Despite this, because of politics and jealousy, she was charged with witchcraft. Defending herself against these charges was a show of great courage, winning her respect among women and men alike. The movie was a powerful depiction of how social stratification was prevalent in social classes in Paris during the period of the Renaissance and how gender and wealth officially relegated men & women to certain roles, limiting and stripping them of the possibility of social mobility. The movie made me reflect on discrimination and how, with conviction, it can be overcome.
    ? Word Count: 184

    ? Girl with a Pearl Earring
    o This 2003 movie starred Scarlett Johanssen as Griet, the 'girl with the pearl earring', the classic famous painting of Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. The movie is based on a work of fiction that attempts to explore and explain the unknown subject of the painting whom Vermeer never explained. In the movie Griet was a servant in Vermeer's house who agreed to pose for Vermeer secretly as requested by his patron, Van Ruijven. Van Ruijven desires Griet and plans to have her before the painting is finished. In the movie, we see Griet struggle with the desire to fulfil an agreement with her master, Vermeer. We see her misery at the gossip and deception the secrecy of the work was causing. The movie made me reflect at the varied reasons people do what they do, and that sometimes, out of good intentions, we fall into certain traps to fulfill the desires of others - we get used, at times abused and we are powerless to do anything about it. The painting was a masterpiece but Griet's experience gives us a view of the world of Renaissance artists - how their need for patronal support controls their own creativity and how this affects the way their interact with their own social circle.
    ? Word Count: 210

    ? The Agony & The Ecstasy
    o This 1965 Oscar-winning grand production starred Charlton Heston as the legendary painter Michelangelo. The movie presented the politics and drama behind his creation of the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican - the machinations of Pope Julius II, maneouverings to prod Michelangelo to finish his masterpiece in the Pope's timeframe and vision. Raphael & Donato Bramante and several key characters from this great period of the Renaissance are depicted played by great actors of the period. Since the production was grand and costly, the stage sets were very impressive taking one back to a Rome at the height of its papal power - war was breaking out in certain territories and the Pope, involved in the protection of his seat, often left to oversee such affairs. The movie allowed me a look at the drama behind high offices of power during the renaissance and how politics and the art mixed with the art and the skills of masters expressing the great achievements of the leaders of the era.

    ? Word Count: 170

    ? Boccaccio's Decameron
    o Boccaccio's classic set of Tales - the Decameron was adapted into film in 1971 by Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini in a movie full of nudity, slapstick humour. The 9 tales includes a young Sicilian swindled twice but ending up rich, a man pretending to be deaf-mute in a convent full of very inquisitive nuns, a cheating wife who must hide her lover from her husband who came home too early, a scoundrel fooling a dying priest, 3 brothers bent on revenge against their sister's lover, painters in deep need for creative inspiration, a priest trying his hand at seduction and friends making a pact to investigation what happens after death. I think that the subject matter that Boccaccio had in his work were in a way a critical look at the social reality before him in his time, and via his satire we view the inconsistencies and foolishness of the Church and its devout followers via their desires and choices. While the movie did contain a lot of nudity and absurd plots, I found it representative of a certain social reality - that of Italian nobles and their social world, making people from that period just that more accessible to my mind.

    ? Word Count: 185

    ? The Canterbury Tales
    o Released in 1972, The Canterbury Tales was also the work of Pier Pasolini adapted into film from the Medieval narrative poem of the same title by Geoffrey Chaucer. Only covering eight of the actual 24 tales within Chaucer's narrative, in Pasolini tradition - the film adaptation contains a lot of nudity, sex and slapstick humour. Most of the time, these scenes were only alluded to the original work as interpretation of Pasolini's. In Chaucer tradition though, the pilgrims on a pilgrimage to Southwark tell these tales. Chaucer is said to have modelled this work on Boccaccio's Decameron but focused on sundry folk rather than the nobles of the Medieval England. After seeing Il Decameron, I find the comparison in plots reflective of the very same human drive - to be happy, to feel, to answer a problem, to avenge, to have and acquire. It probably helps that Pasolini was also the man behind this movie as you can see the world of the ordinary folk in comparison to that of the world and desires of the nobles in Il Decameron.

    ? Word Count: 180


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