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How Does Denis Parilleneuve Use Language In Arrival

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To Watch Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival is to be put in the hands of a filmmaker who is in command of the language his ideas predispose. Which is to say he has a firm grasp on craft. Its inexplicably soothing to be guided through a movie by someone who knows why the film is constructed the way it is. Arrival is effective and impactful, and it does this through something that affects and impacts us all: language. Villeneuve, however, is just as concerned with the language of film as written, spoken, or alien language. He manipulates the film to play off the viewers predispositions about storytelling. For example, Arrival’s first two scenes are almost an enlarged exercise in the kuleshov effect, the brain’s tendency to directly associate to sequencial
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