No Country For Old Men

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In the film No Country for Old Men, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, two main themes that were communicated were changing times and the idea of right and wrong. In this film: a drug deal gone results in Llewelyn Moss finding a briefcase full of money and running away with it. Chigurh (a cold blooded murderer) tracks Llewelyn to try and find the money, resulting in guns fired and people killed. The themes of changing times and right and wrong were sufficiently portrayed through the techniques of cinematography, non-diegetic voice over, symbolism, dialogue and lighting, the combination of techniques were also used to portray these themes. Firstly, the idea of changing times is evident in the beginning scene through the verbal feature of non-diegetic voice over from Ed Tom Bell. ”I was sheriff of this county when I was twenty-five years old. Hard to believe. Grandfather was a lawman. Father too. Me and him were sheriff at the same time…Some of the old-time sheriffs never even wore a gun. A lot of folks find that hard to believe…I always liked to hear about the old- timers. Never missed a chance to do so. You cannot help but compare yourself against the old timers. Can’t help but wonder how they would have operated these times.” The way this speech was delivered with a raspy tone to the voice helped the audience to understand how Ed had grown up through the times when life was simple. Two visual features that helped to portray the theme of changing times are cinematography

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