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With detailed textual references discuss, analyse and review the key but cinematic features displayed in "Pleasantville" and "The Truman Show" The following essay, which I have composed, is based on two important films of the last decade. Their titles are "Pleasantville" and "The Truman Show". Starting with the "Pleasantville", the general overview of the film's plot gets more complicated the further you get into it. It brings up several issues all of which I have commented on in this essay. The film starts with two teenagers, David and Jennifer. David has an addiction to old reruns of a fifties sitcom also by the name of "Pleasantville". Jennifer is the complete opposite of her brother, leading a rather promiscuous lifestyle. During an argument, their TV remote is broken, meaning they are unable to watch their television. The argument is between David who wants to watch the Pleasantville marathon and Jennifer who wants to watch a film with her date who is coming round in a few minutes. Then a supernatural event occurs as a TV repairman rings the doorbell seconds after the breakage. The TV repairman has a common interest with David in Pleasantville. As he sees David is a die-hard fan, the repairman gives David a special remote which transports them into their television, into Pleasantville. ...read more.


Other things are also changing apart from colour. For example, the books in the library were empty before but now they are filled with text. The two books mentioned in the cafeteria are Huckleberry Finn" and "The Catcher in the Rye". Both these books are about teenagers having adventures, which no one has ever thought about in Pleasantville before. The other book shown in the film is "Lady Chatterley's Lover" by D.H. Lawrence who is being read by Mary-Sue /Jennifer after a dramatic change in her personality (covered later). This book is about an affair between a Sir Clifford Chatterley's wife and their gamekeeper. It ends with the lovers each awaiting divorce and looking forward to their new life together, which with Lawrence's use of taboo language involved the book being deemed "an obscene and filthy work" and was banned from being sent through the post by the Postmaster, General Arthur Summerfield. In my opinion, this has also been shown in the film to influence the danger and passion now in Pleasantville. The music in Pleasantville also changes during the film. This is represented as diegetic sound from the jukebox in the diner. Music is often used in films to create humour, express emotions and signal changes in the atmosphere or the film which is what it is used for here. ...read more.


He overcomes his fear of water, after he is reunited with his father and steals a boat to escape. The only thing is that he doesn't know where he is going. Christof tries to turn Truman back, but his determination is too strong. He makes it through a violent storm created by Christof to sail off into the sunset. In this case, he crashes into the sunset, which is the edge of the dome. He sees a stairway, which he climbs. This is like a stairway to heaven. He finds there is a door, which opens to reveal blackness at the other side. Christof now gives him a choice: to either end his life in Seahaven in this supposed 'perfect world' free from all danger, or cross over to the other side and live again in the danger. He goes into the blackness and starts the new life, ending the transmission of "The Truman Show". In conclusion, I think both directors are trying to show that there is no perfect world for everyone as the two films showed. Both Seahaven and Pleasantville are like prison cells, and the people inside them are prisoners unable to make their own choices in life. It is for this reason why they are influential films with a strong cast, plots and messages behind them. By Chris Weeks 10y3 English 101B English Essay 18/12/2007 Chris Weeks Page 1 ...read more.

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