Cinematographic Effects in the Final Scene of Thelma and Louise

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Cinematographic Effects in the Final Scene of Thelma and Louise

In the final scene from Thelma and Louise the cinematographic effects are astounding. Panning, reaction shot, and dissolve are all used in the last section of the movie clip extensively. These three cinematographic terms are perfect for this clip because of the intensity they add to the scene. Through the use of panning, reaction shot, and dissolve the actresses portray two extreme emotions of desperation and the tranquility of freedom.
Desperation is seen in many different instances throughout the clip. Thelma and Louise (Susan Sarandon and Gena Davis) are finally pushed to their limit in this final scene. Thelma (Gena Davis) comes to the realization that the two
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The camera follows the helicopter at a side view all the way up the canyon. This adds almost a menacing feeling to the clip (Emerson 1). When Thelma and Louise see the helicopter a look of sheer terror fills their faces. They seem lost, frightened, and delusional all at one time. The police cars that fill the vast space behind them make the two realize that their time has run out. The view of all the officers approaching in their patrol cars is also a panning technique (Emerson 1). By using panning here, the viewer gets a better idea of how many men there actually are and that Thelma and Louise are, in fact, surrounded.
Thelma and Louise long for their freedom in more ways than one. When they first reach the edge of the Grand Canyon and slam on the breaks they look out over the hood of the car at the vast emptiness before them. The cannon is beautiful and treacherously deep. The bright blue sky only adds to this perfection. A panning shot views the top of the canyon but mostly the beautiful blue sky with its perfectly pristine clouds. The sky represents that which they long for…it represents all that they want and need. It represents their freedom.
As the two stars finally agree on the ultimate freedom, the 1966 Thunderbird speeds towards the edge of the Grand Canyon with increasing speed and unending determination. Dust and dirt is thrown into the air as the shot is filmed from behind the car in a fixed
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