American History X part 1: Derek's downfall



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American History X
Part 1: Derek's downfall

Scene 5: TV interview



  • Sum up the situation.

Scene 12: family lunch



  • What are they speaking about?

  • Derek: comment on his appearance and tone. Any evolution from first scene?

  • His family: how do they react? (Murray? Sister? Danny?)

  • How is this passage foretelling the future?

Scene 14: murder



  • What has just happened?

  • Comment on Derek's attitude

  • Comment on Danny's


Part 2: Prison

Scene 20: encounter with Lamont



  • Where does the scene take place?

  • What are they doing?

  • Derek's attitude?

  • What does Lamont say in the end? What does it mean?

Scene 23: prison routine



  • What are they talking about?

  • Compare with the preceding scene.

  • What was Lamont's crime?

  • What's Derek's reaction?

Scene 25


  • Why does Derek come and speak to Lamont?

  • What's Lamont's reaction?


Part 3: the end

Scene 15: back to the premises


Scene 26: it's over



  • What are Derek and Danny doing?

Scene 31: final scene





American History X
Part 1: Derek's downfall

Scene 5: TV interview



  • Sum up the situation.

Scene 12: family lunch



  • What are they speaking about?

  • Derek: comment on his appearance and tone. Any evolution from first scene?

  • His family: how do they react? (Murray? Sister? Danny?)

  • How is this passage foretelling the future?

Scene 14: murder



  • What has just happened?

  • Comment on Derek's attitude

  • Comment on Danny's


Part 2: Prison

Scene 20: encounter with Lamont



  • Where does the scene take place?

  • What are they doing?

  • Derek's attitude?

  • What does Lamont say in the end? What does it mean?

Scene 23: prison routine



  • What are they talking about?

  • Compare with the preceding scene.

  • What was Lamont's crime?

  • What's Derek's reaction?

Scene 25


  • Why does Derek come and speak to Lamont?

  • What's Lamont's reaction?


Part 3: the end

Scene 15: back to the premises



  • How is the girl looking at him?

  • How do other skinheads consider him?

  • Sum up what he says to the girl

Scene 26: it's over



  • What are Derek and Danny doing?

Scene 31: final scene



  • Sum up the scene

  • What's the moral of the film?


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