The Limey

Steven Soderbergh's The Limey may seem like a strange choice for one of the top ten films in a playlist on film criticism. The narrator makes clear that the story is a simple tale of revenge, but it is Soderbergh's filmmaking techniques that earn the tale of memory, regret, and forgiveness a place on the list.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Ask film students to film and then edit a scene that uses non-liner techniques to create an impact
Classroom Considerations

  • The film has an "R' rating; be sure of your school's policy on assigning such films to learners
  • The review comes with a warning that it includes clips that depict graphic violence
Pros

  • The narrator details how the strategy of discontinuity editing adds to the emotional impact of the film
Cons

  • None
Common Core