Seek out and watch the film FENCES, by August Wilson, directed by and starring Denzel Washington.
This film is based on a one of the more powerful play in the cannon of August Wilson’s work. You have read and studied the biography and body of work that has been created by Mr. Wilson. It is important that we also view and experience one of his pieces as a subject for this course, especially when such a terrific example of one of his play’s (Fences) is now available for us to watch in a film version.
Your assignment is to watch the film and write a 1-2 page reaction to the film.
Please discuss topics relating to:
– The overall quality of the film with respect to its acting and performances, directing and cinematography.
– What you feel the are the main 2-3 themes and topics that the playwright and film were trying to raise? Was it successful? why or why not?
– The film is set in the 50’s in an urban area. How do the themes and topics of this film become more important in light of the era that the story is based?
– What do you feel we can learn as a modern day multicultural society when we look back out our own American history in this way dealing with issues of race, institutional biases, and status/class in our society?