Formal Context In Double Indemnity, By Billy Wilder

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Formal context is a big part of why movies are how they are. In Double Indemnity (1944) clip, by Billy Wilder, there are many formal context elements that are important as to why the choices are made during scenes. Some of these are the types of shots, camera movement, lighting, and the mise-en-scene. This paper analyzes the five shots in the two minute and thirty three second scene in depth. The prologue shot is forty four seconds, which is a long take. It starts with a tall, dominant character walking towards the elevator. As he is walking the shot transforms from a medium long shot (also known as plan americain) quickly to a medium shot. The character is facing the front of the elevator while giving his back the camera, building a distance between the audience and the character. He is wearing his coat in one arm and is trying to cover his other arm with the other side, showing to the audience that he is hiding an injury. As soon as he is in the elevator, a short delicate character follows him into the elevator and begins talking to him. Viewers find out the tall character’s name is Neff. During the first thirty seconds of the shot, the camera is static and the music is extra diegetic, which builds anticipation towards Neff who is wearing a mysterious hat that covers his face. The worker attempts to initiate a conversation with Neff, but he is very dry, building more anticipation to what is going to happen. When Neff exits the elevator, there is a tracking shot where

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