Study Guide for “The Devil Wears Prada” (David Frankel, 2006)
- What is the importance of the opening shots of the film? How do they serve the film?
- Whose point of view is the story told from? What clues are available for identifying the narrative voice in the film?
- What does the film tell us about the concept of beauty?
- What does the “Runway” magazine symbolize in the film?
- Discuss what binary oppositions the film is built upon. How do these oppositions help you understand the characters depicted and the issues dealt with in the film?
- Identify what “satire” means and then discuss to what extent and in what ways “The Devil Wears Prada” can be called a satirical film.
- Identify what “melodrama” means and then discuss to what extent and in what ways “The Devil Wears Prada” can be called a melodrama.
- Would you consider the ending of the film conventional? Why? Why not? Explain.
- Discuss the following quote from the film: (In a restaurant in Paris, Andy tells Christian) “If Miranda were a man, no one would notice anything about her except how great she is at her job”.
© Ali Nihat Eken, Istanbul, September 2008
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