Study Questions: Nightcrawler

What do you think Nina Romina and Lou Bloom might represent in the film? How do they help us understand the themes of the film?

In what ways do you think Lou’s physical appearance might be significant in our understanding of what he stands for in the film?

What could be the significance of Lou Bloom’s surname?

Comment on the significance of the following tagline used in the film: “Viewer discretion is advised”.

Comment on the concepts of privacy and ethics by referring to the film.

Comment on the relationship between technology, media and privacy by referring to the film.

Comment on the film’s critique of media audiences.

What could be the significance of the romantic dinner between Lou and Nina? How could it help us understand the themes of the film?

Comment on the idea of success and the American Dream in the film.

Discuss the concept of voyeurism in the film.

In what ways would you consider “Nightcrawler” a satire of journalism?

Discuss the concept of reality in relation to journalism by referring to the film.

Discuss the following statement by German philosopher Theodor Adorno by referring to the film: “The power of the culture industry’s ideology is such that conformity has replaced consciousness’.