Saturday, July 4, 2009

Humanities: Glengarry GlenRoss

A riveting tale of desperation and betrayal based on David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize - winning play

Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Allan Arkin, Ed Harris and Kevin Spacey shine in this powerful story set in the world of real estate. Times are tough at Premiere Properties. Shelley "the machine" Levene (Lemmon) and Dave Moss (Harris) are veteran salesmen, but only Ricky Roma (Pacino) is on a hot streak. The new Glengarry sales leads could turn everything around, but the front office is holding them back until these "losers" prove themselves. Then someone decides to take matters into his own hands, stealing the Glengarry leads and leaving everyone wondering who did it.

Guide Questions

List the characters and describe them.

What problems does one of the characters have, and how does he or she solve it?

Where did the story take place?

What is the time period in which the play/ movie happens?

If you were in a problem situation like one in the play/ movie, how would you have acted? Be sure to tell what the situation is.

In a good paragraph, state the main idea of the play/ movie.

The climax of any story is the exciting or interesting part. Tell what you think is the climax of the play/ movie and why.

Is the title a good one or a poor one and why?

Would the movie have been any different if there were no foul words uttered a myriad of times by the characters Why?

Did you like the way the story ended? Why or why not?

Do you think the film provides an accurate representation of life during this period of time?

Please pay attention to character interactions.
Try to follow the dialogue. (do the people talk normally or does it appear they're too much scripted).
Pay attention to the psychology of the characters (e.g. what these characters are thinking and their motivations) and their power struggle.


Kindly let me know where out class will be held. Thanks

Ma'am Hull

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