Film Analysis : American Honey By Andrea Arnold

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The first thing I picked up in cinema class was that the size of the screen can play a huge role in the way the viewer experiences a film. American Honey by Andrea Arnold felt like one of those movies that was tailormade to be experienced to its full potential on the big screen. If I saw this movie at home on a smaller screen, there would be so many things that I would not be able to experience because of the limitation in screen size.
Andrea Arnold uses the technique of viewing cinema as a window in order to provide a better experience and outlook for the audience. Using cinema as a window provides the viewers a special ocular access to whatever is going on throughout the film. This is usually a rectangular view which helps the
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Furthermore, Arnold uses cinema as a window and creates an open film. It seemed like at any part of the movie you could turn the camera off, but the events that were going on would still occur and everything would still be the same in the diegetic world. This tells us Arnold created the diegetic world to be its own separate world where everything occurs according to the characters, it extends far beyond the limit of the image (Elsasser 18), it is not a world that is meant to be built just for the purpose of the movie. This is most evident in the final scene of the film where Star is in the lake and she jumps the screen goes still and the credits roll in. While I was watching the movie and this scene started I was expecting more to happen, but then Star’s image froze and then the credits came and I was shocked for a little bit, but realizing how Arnold set up this film and the techniques that she used it was not really a surprise. The sequence that occurred reminded to that of the ending scene in Mediterranea, it was the scene where Arnold tells the audience their role in the film is over and cuts off their access from the diegetic world. Even though the movie has ended it is made clear that the events going on in the film will still continue even though the camera stopped rolling. Another thing that I felt made the movie more complete was the use of the

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