And that’s what is so remarkable about the film – it satirizes the racial issue and exposes just how ludicrous segregation really is. Their ethnicity was never a hurdle for both our heroes, instead uniting to battle the greater enemy – racism.
In the film “Do The Right Thing” by Spike Lee, cinematography and sound serve as critical components to emphasize the racial tensions between the various characters. Set in a predominantly black neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, the action of the film consists of a series of unfolding events that take place over the course of one hot summer day. Heat, serves as a catalyst to the film’s rising tensions and makes up one of the key symbols in the film. The purpose of this paper is to examine two elements of film; cinematography and sound, in Do The Right Thing, and analyze how these elements develop meaning and understanding of the film.
Released in the summer of 1994, the movie “When a Man Loves a Women” produced by Touchstone Pictures’ producer Jon Avnet created a film that touches on a female alcoholic. This film included stars like Meg Ryan, Andy Garcia, and Lauren Tom. An airline pilot played by Garcia as Michael and his wife Alice portrayed by Ryan are forced to deal with her alcoholism. Within this family it includes that of her two children and the nanny (Lauren Tom). The film offers several hinting scenes to Alice’s addiction. Alcoholism is a disease of denial, the movie focuses on not only the alcoholic but those around her that deny and have even grown accustomed to her drinking.
Despite having an archetypal storyline, The Princess Bride proves to be anything but predictable. From the moment the title appears onscreen in a font that evokes classic fairy tales such as Sleeping Beauty, it is clear the story is going to be rooted in fantasy. Following the appearance of the title comes the sound of a child’s cough as the black screen gives way to the graphics a baseball video game. The camera pans around the room to reveal posters of Chicago Cubs and Bears players, and soon rests on a child, presumably the source of the cough. Thus, the mise-en-scene has introduced to one of our two narrators, the other being the child’s grandfather who comes to read him a story. Though the novel read by the grandfather conveys a hackneyed tale of undying love, the film frames this in a self-aware way with periodic interruption of the story’s narrative by comments from young boy which are cynical at first, by grow to reflect a genuine interest as the movie progresses. This move is self-reflexive in that it reminds the audience that they are, in fact, watching a move; however, this serves to elevate the meaning of the film. Through the use of sound, editing, and mise-en-scene, The Princess Bride emphasizes that even though the concept of true love has saturated society and become cliché, it’s no less potent because of the cultural overplay. I will specifically discuss the utilization of deep focus shots, color, and lighting that caricaturize the traditional fairy tale,
Although this paper uses a mainstream movie, at all times you should use scholarly writing and language throughout the paper.
The use of various camera techniques such as canted frames, low-angled, high-angled and close up shots, as well as camera distance, enhances the struggle between the characters. The use of such techniques not only allows the audience to get an extensive insight into the many different characters, but also helps us understand the relationships between them and how all of these factors contribute to the overarching theme of racism in the film. The use of these camera rapid movements
The film represents the main protagonist Nola all the way down to her three lovers, with each representing a different personality trait that is not necessarily race identifiable. Lee develops a new form of cinema by creating a new aesthetic. Lee details the double standard that exists for Nola by showing her deviating from social norms. She refuses to live by anyone else’s rules and resists conventional ideals such as marriage and monogamy. This film portrays a possible explanation of racial dynamics within gender and sexuality. If roles were shifted for men and women through various aspects focusing on mise-en-scene, editing and narrative conventions.
After completing your movie analysis, you will reflect on the analysis process and how you have learned to more thoroughly analyze film as well as how rigorous study of film enhances your development as a student and thinker. In this 300- to 600-word reflection, review your initial post from the “Post Your Introduction” discussion in Week One, and consider how your ability to analyze movies has changed or grown. Append your reflection to the analysis portion of your paper. Your reflection should be personal and exploratory in
Cultural diversity includes opinions, appearances, values, and beliefs, as well as the categories of race, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual orientation, and disability (Koppelman, 2011). One method of understanding cultural diversity is through films. Films are often used as vehicles to reveal, discuss, and explore relationships, conflicts, lessons, and/or history. In an attempt to analyze the cultural diversity portrayed in a film, I have chosen to watch and analyze “Gentleman’s Agreement”.
There are cultural differences within all the communities that make up the world, we are constantly surrounded and reminded of these other cultures. In this paper cultural differences will be discussed from the film “Why Did I Get Married?” which is an African-American movie about the hardships one goes through in marriage, friendships, and trust. This paper is going to give specific examples of Hall’s perspective of culture on the screen and Hofstede’s five dimensions that are reflected in a particular pattern. Examples of both verbal and non verbal intercultural communication and how they relate to particular intercultural
The film begins with a long, tracking shot after a bomb is placed inside a car. We follow the car and see a couple walking down the street together. Because of this choice of shot, we are offered two vital introductions in one: We are introduced to both the inciting incident, as well as two of the main characters. As soon as the two main characters, Susie and Mike Vargas, make their way to the Mexican border, we are introduced to one of the many themes that will be prevalent in the film, and that is racism. Although the border patrolmen do not seem at all phased by the sight of an interracial couple, the cue that guides the audience to notice the undertones of racial prejudice, come in the mise-en-scene. Immediately after Mike kisses his wife, the bomb goes off just several feet away from them, using the inciting incident also as a tool to say that the general public will not agree with a white woman being married to a Latino man.
The theories of Laura Mulvey and Bell Hooks share their views on how individuals who attend the cinema have the opportunity to gaze and interrupt the messages that are being portrayed. Based upon their views, spectators can have their own beliefs and views of life and not have to focus on societal practices of racism and sexism. The article “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” critiqued by Mulvey, focused on how sexism and voyeurism were the main theme in terms of how males dominated society and how woman were subservient to males due to castration. In the article “In Black Looks: Race and Representation” Chapter 7, The Oppositional Gaze, Hooks mainly focused on black woman’s identity and touches on both sexism and male/white female dominance over them. Both Mulvey and Hooks help to focus ones attention on how the white male sexist and black racial domination is portrayed by Hollywood in cinema. An example of this portrayal is represented by the movie “The Help”, produced in 2011 and directed by Tate Taylor.
I can see why this film is the required film in the section, it fits perfectly, I really can’t think of a better film to display stereotypes and behaviors related to them. This film really plays on a person’s emotions. There is so much that could be discussed. I have seen this film before, but I don’t remember it having such an impact on me after watching it through this context. I noticed a lot more stereotypes than I ever had before. It’s almost as if every contact we see there is stereotypes being presented, different ethnicities colliding.
The film lookes at the prejudices between the families but did not touch on how interacial couples also have deal with societies biases against them. Being a interacial couple may come along with its shares of difficulties, diffrences between the indiviuals, famial prejudice, and societies prejudice.