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Scene Analysis: Into Thin Air

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The cut to this scene present us with an aerial shot of the dark side of a mountain contrasting the lighter sea and sky in the background. Here we see Sayuri slowly walk across the mountain before the camera fades into a close-up of her face being blown by the wind. For the audience that is unfamiliar with the story this scene is initially unsettling. Sayuri looks out into the water, a cool gray just like the rest of the somber composition of the shot. The long melancholic notes of the cello further enhances the feeling that within this moment anything could happen. However, the water she stares out into is calm. As soon as she throws the handkerchief into the wind the camera cuts to a long shot that slowly becomes an aerial shot of her
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