• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

After examining the opening scene of "The Godfather" (Dir. Francis Ford Coppola, 1972) discuss how the director engages and holds our attention.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

After examining the opening scene of "The Godfather" (Dir. Francis Ford Coppola, 1972) discuss how the director engages and holds our attention. The beginning of the film "The Godfather" opens with a black screen, alternating with the introduction and the title. The change from the blank screen to the headings is slow and dignified. The blackness suggests death, darkness and night and therefore the audience knows straight away that it is a serious film. The stark, sharp contrast of the black background and the white titles gives an impression of hardness, there is nothing frivolous about the opening of this film and at this point the audience should have realised that the content of the film will be solemn and thought-provoking rather than casual and light hearted. When the first title appears the lack of colour again emphasises the serious tone of the film. The lack of the colour/visual stimuli all add to the sombre mood of the opening of the film. The audience hear a character's voice before they see him. ...read more.

Middle

The audience is aware that the mere presence of this man commands respect. He simply moves his hand slightly and out of the shadows a character gives Bonasera a drink and then merges back into the shadows. At this point the audience would be in suspense wondering what Don Corleone's reaction to the request will be. Also they would be eager to see what this character looks like. When the mise-en-scene changes to reveal a view of the Godfather's study the audience's impression would have changed from the opening shot. It is now obvious that this is not simply one character speaking his thoughts aloud. It is not a character in a court scene pleading for a fair trial. It is a Sicilian asking a favour from a powerful fellow Sicilian because the so-called American justice has let him down. The study itself gives the feeling of opulence and the shuttered window and figures hidden in the shadows give the audience an uneasy, threatening feeling. ...read more.

Conclusion

This shows that he does have men who, if instructed, would murder others for him. He grants people wishes because it is his daughter's wedding day, this must mean that he has the power and the means to do these favours for people. Minor actions in this scene also show the power of the Godfather such as a simple flick of the fingers and a drink is brought. When he stands up and moves around the room the men come out of the shadows and follow him, he grants the wishes and he gives the orders. He is calm and in control at all times he listens carefully and, when he feels ready he gives him a reply. He does not raise his voice but he remains in control throughout the scene. Overall, the opening scene to "The Godfather" is very effective because it sets the tone for the rest of the play. We meet the main character who "pulls the strings." It makes the viewer aware that there are two kinds of justice, firstly the American judicial system, which let Bonasera down, and the Mafia system of justice. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Plays section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Plays essays

  1. How does the Director encourage the audience to feel sympathy for Derek and his ...

    Claude Pain's statement was later lost by police. Controversy still shrouds this topic, and, indeed, the whole court case's truth. It has been suggested in the book 'Let Him Have It, Chris' by M.J. Trow that the words that hung Bentley may have been 'borrowed' from the case of Rex V.

  2. What is so great about the Godfather?

    The family's younger idealistic son, Michael, is prompted to abandon his principles to revenge his father. Later, the tale is told of how Don Corleone first came to the United States from Sicily to establish his power and dynasty. Finally we learn of how Michael expands Corleone influence to include

  1. Film Studies The Studio System

    The great change of course came about with World War II, and its aftermath. Prior to 1946 the American film industry was a separate component in cinema annals-different by its sheer size, structure, and its success in world film domination.

  2. Discuss the ways in which the OC gains and holds the attention of its ...

    It is quite a fast and happy song, which is good to keep the audience entertained, as if it was a slow, boring, sad and a long song it could put people off as it would reflect badly on the show and bore the audience.

  1. In this coursework assignment I will be analysing and reviewing the effectiveness of two ...

    We then see Jimmy with the female character being told, "Jimmy, it's your trial tomorrow, you oughtta make it a quiet night!" In the next scene Jimmy is ordering a round of whiskies for his colleagues in what appears to be a strip club.

  2. 12 angry men is a production about a murder trial.

    Juror 5 The 5th juror is a very insecure person, he is from a slum dwelling and therefore the case only brings back bad memories, this is why the juror says very little because it just reminds him of what he has tried to leave behind.

  1. Analyse and compare the opening sequences of 'The Bill' and 'Murder City'.

    This adjusts the setting in a different way and prepares the viewer for the crime that they are possibly about to witness. The diegetic sounds are extremely effective as they set the scene and build up a lot of apprehension.

  2. How successfully do you think Tom Hanks engages the sympathy of the audience as ...

    Only some one like Forrest would answer a question like with that answer, due to his simple mindlessness. But the Drill Sergeant says, "You must have an IQ of 168, you're going to make general one day!" Forrest has few friends through the years.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work