In chapter two of The Cultures of American Film, the main focus is the establishment of studios. As demand for films rose in the early 1900’s, production companies needed to expand; this lead to the creation of large scale studios.
Spike Lee does many fascinating things from a directorial standpoint, which makes his film (dare I say, joint), Do the Right Thing so interesting to watch. Writer, director Lee makes much use of the high and low angle shots. He does this to draw clear contrasts between the two elders of the block, Da Mayor and Mother Sister and to make conflict more apparent.
Originally published in 1813, “Pride and Prejudice” can be recognized as Jane Austen’s most popular novel in the romance genre. Through the years, the book has been adapted into many films and television series. The 2005 film adaptation directed by Joe Wright brought to life this Georgian Era romance in its own abridged style. "Makes you believe in true love, happily-ever-after and all the other stuff a romantic comedy promises but so seldom delivers. Satisfyingly rich. The sumptuous new screen adaptation has so much to recommend it." (THE NEW YORK TIMES).
-From when Carolyn arrives home until the end of the scene with Lester in their living room (Chapter 19: 1:14:35–1:17:40)
Cindy Sherman’s, Untitled Film Stills from 1977 are a series of 69 total photographs that were comprised in order to appear as though they were actually taken from film reels. Sherman appears in every one of these shots, and finds a way to create a common thread throughout each of them despite the fact that the characters that she is portraying are vastly different from one another. She accomplishes this by using similar clothing, lighting, setting, and compositions as those that would be found in American B-movies from the 1950s and 1960s.
In Persona, one of the most memorable shots of the whole film is the moment in which Alma is giving Elisabeth the truth about herself. The speech is given from two perspectives; in one instance, we see Alma speaking and the other we see Elisabeth listening and only Alma’s voice. Whether there is a universal interpretation of this moment or not, the facts are that the two women’s faces blend together at the end of Alma’s speech suggesting that maybe the two women are the same person or Elisabeth has projected her conscious into Alma. Bergman didn’t know he was going to use this shot when they were shooting, but it became something he and cinematographer Sven Nykvist worked on together. Along with this particular shot, there’s also the intercutting of images at the beginning that was done in post to create the white border around the frame, which made the images smaller than the film itself. These elements created a distinction between the introduction and the narrative, although at times the two seemed to run together such as when Alma looks into the camera and the effect of the projection malfunctioning happens. In Fight Club, David Fincher took similar post-production actions with intercutting of pornographic images, but most of all the scene in which Tyler Durden looks directly into the camera and delivers a monologue about self-actuality and how
“Hey Brianna, meet me at 12:00 a.m. in the cafeteria so we can discuss what happened in class today.
The opening scene of American Beauty shows a teenage girl lying in a bed, venting her feelings towards her father. In this, the audience sees her in dull clothing and colours, minimal make-up and has greasy-looking hair. As she sits up, her hair falls around her face and she stares directly into the camera, giving a sense of unease to the audience.
American Experience, a PBS program that shares stories with us from our history, displays the very events and tools that shaped our nation. Their film: Scottsboro Trials, was a moving and informative movie about racism in America and the impact it has left on us. To this day, this movie still has an important message to teach and show. Racism is still a problem and more than likely always will be, this is a sad part of life that we must do our best to deal with. American Experience puts racism up in our faces and reminds us of what we have done. This film opens up our eyes to our past and in doing so, makes us better people.
How has the composer of the contemporary text used the earlier text to say something new?
During the process of envisioning and designing a film, the director, production designer, and art director (in collaboration with the cinematographer) are concerned with several major spatial and temporal elements. These design elements punctuate and underscore the movement of figures within the frame, including the following: setting, lighting, costuming, makeup, and hairstyles. Choose a scene from movieclips.com. In a three to five page paper, (excluding the cover and reference pages) analyze the mise-en-scène
The Cinematic Features Displayed in Pleasantville and The Truman Show The following essay, which I have composed, is based on two important films of the last decade. Their titles are "Pleasantville" and "The Truman Show". Starting with the "Pleasantville", the general overview
Summary: Reviews the film Twelve Angry Men, directed by Sidney Lumet. Discusses the director's use of cinematic techniques, including lighting, music,and set design, to reinforce the themes of the story.
Ever since the Holocaust happened there has been a variety of movies and books portraying this massive genocide that changed individuals’ lives. One of these movies that portrays the Holocaust is Life is Beautiful that was directed and acted by Roberto Benigni in 1997. This particular film won Oscar awards and it’s unlike any other Holocaust movies because of its drama, romance, and comedic genre. It tells the story of a man named Guido that comes to Arezzo, Italy and works as a waiter for his uncle Eliseo. Guido falls in love with Dora, a school teacher who he calls “Princess” each time he sees her. Eventually, Guido is able to charm Dora despite her being engaged. Five years later they have a son named Giosuè, but at this point in time