Under the Tuscan Sun

Under the Tuscan Sun (2004)


Concept featured in film: Parallax

Location of clip:

DVD: 0:36:50 - 0:37:07

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Summary of clip: Diane Lane's character, Frances, is sitting outside at a table. She stares at a wine bottle with one eye open, alternating eyes. The clip shows the bottle moving against the background.

Connection of flick to concept: This clip can engage students on the topic of parallax. Almost every child has experiemented with this concept at some point. Astronomers take advantage of this phenomenon to measure the distance to a certain star. In this situation, the earth six months later is used as a baseline. This can be compared with the distance between a student's eyes as the baseline.

Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. Ask students if they have ever experienced a similar phenomenon.

b. Ask students how this phenomenon might be used, especially in astronomy.

2. Have students predict what would happen as Frances moved closer to the bottle, then looked at the wine bottle with one eye open, then alternating eyes. Have them predict what would happen as Frances moves farther away from the bottle. Would the bottle move more or less?

3. Have students draw this situation on a piece of paper. Have them draw the bottle, Frances' eyes, and the position of the bottle in the background.