Reflection Paper On Dead Poets Society

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Everybody has experienced an emotional response to a film, the response could be nostalgic, or bring up emotions of a past experience or it leaves one with a feeling of happiness. Dead Poets Society (1989) is a film about an English professor whom is new to teaching at an all boys school. The professor uses unconventional techniques to teach his students the curriculum. This film has not only given me a viewing experience like no other, but it showed me what type of films I enjoy. Films need actors whom can show raw emotion and an narrative that lets an audience feel for the fictional character being portrayed. I remember the first time I ever watched Dead Poets Society. I was a junior in high school and my psychology teacher recommended…show more content…
The scene is slow, almost as if you know something bad is going to happen. The scene starts by showing Neil’s shadow then him. He tip toes down the stairs to his fathers desk. The film shows a close up shot of him unlocking the desk drawer and removing an object wrapped in a cloth. Neil sits with the wrapped object on the desk and the camera zooms out to show more and more of the study. At that moment you hear a gun shot as the scene changes to his parents bed room. His dad slowly gets up. After registering what he heard he makes it down to the study. He sees nobody as he walks around the desk he sees the gun and then a hand. Neil’s mother shows up at this point both his parents are behind the desk, the camera peers into the room through the slightly ajar door to see his parents break down holding each other. The acting showed the raw emotion of what someone actually attempting suicide might look like and feel. I felt my heart had been ripped out of my chest. This character that had trouble getting along with his father was now gone. The music was slow, and the scene was dark. Films that have a strong narrative and actors that can show true raw emotion are what make a good film. An individual could see the pain in Neil’s eyes and body language as he got closer to the suicide. The camera angles added tremendously to this scene. The zooming out right before the suicide made the audience think for a moment all might be well.
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