American Cinema | Shutter Island Denis Lehane, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio
Shutter Island is an American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese. The film was released in 2010 and is based on Dennis Lehane's 2003 novel of the same name. Martin Scorsese pays attention to every detail in this film, making "Shutter Island" one of the best suspense thrillers of all time.
Lesson 1 |The Opening (Chapter II)
PART I | Read the text and answer the questions in English. Then watch the extract.
PART II | After watching the opening, answer the following questions in English. 1- How is Teddy feeling at the very beginning? Why? 2- Where does Chuck come from? 3- How did Teddy's wife die? 4- What has Teddy lost? What is he looking for? 5- Why can't the boat stay too long? 6- What is the reason of their stay in Shutter Island?
1- Teddy is feeling seasick : "I can't stomach the water" 2- Chuck comes from Seattle. 3- When the Teddy was at work, there was a fire at the apparent building and Dolores died because of the smoke. 4- Teddy cannot find his cigarettes anymore. 5- The boat cannot stay too long because there is a storm is coming : "We'll be casting off as soon as you too are ashore". 6- A patient is gone missing and they are here to investigate.
Lesson 2 |The Reason Why Teddy and Chuck are in Shutter Island
Watch this extract and write down a short paragraph explaining the purpose of Teddy and Chuck's visit to Shutter Island.
In your paragraph, you will answer the following questions: 1) Who is Rachel Solando? 2) What did she do? 3) What does she believe? 4) What is Teddy suffering from? 5) What is the most disturbing fact regarding her disappearance?
Shutter Island is located near Boston harbor and is home of Ashecliffe Hospital - a psychiatric facility for the criminally insane. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new partner, Chuck Aule, have come to this remote island to investigate the disappearance of a patient, multiple murderess Rachel Solando, who is now loose on the island. In this scene, it is revealed that Rachel Solando, a war widow, drowned all three of her children in the lake behind her house. Rachel believes the children are still alive and that Ashecliffe Hospital is her house. In two years, she has never acknowledged that she was in a psychiatric institution. What is even more disturbing, is that it was impossible to escape from the room she was in. Indeed, the room was locked from the outside and the only window is barred. Also, we can see that Teddy is still affected by sea sickness as he is prone to severe headaches.