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Discussing a clip from "A taste of honey". he clip I am going to discuss is near the end of the film as Jos mother has retuned to help her raise the child. In a confrontation between Jos mother Helen and Jos homosexual friend Geoff, Jo becomes di

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Introduction

View from a hill- A taste of honey (Richardson, Tony 1961) A taste of honey is a film that follows a layer old school girl that becomes pregnant by a black sailor that leaves. Jo tries to become independent from her estranged mother, who has remarried, whilst befriending a homosexual friend in her pursuit to live her own life. The clip I am going to discuss is near the end of the film as Jo's mother has retuned to help her raise the child. In a confrontation between Jo's mother Helen and Jo's homosexual friend Geoff, Jo becomes distressed and runs to a near by shipping dock. Music is important in this clip due to the atmosphere it creates. The music is soft and slow, with a saxophone or trumpet sound that sets a slight comical tone to the scene. The music plays throughout the clip although lowers as the conversation becomes between Jo and Geoff becomes more serious. Dialogue is important within this sequence as it gives an audience an in sight to both characters. ...read more.

Middle

The camera is mainly kept at a distance, importantly as the conversation of whether Jo still loves jimmy, the camera backs away as both characters walk towards the camera. As Geoff and Jo talk about who's happy the camera frames both of them, this is when the camera has been closest to the characters allowing the audience to feel close to there emotional state as we can clearly see facial expressions. As both characters come down the bridge, the low angle shot frames them both, with a backdrop of a grey dull sky, this adds to the industrialness of the scene, as well as complimenting the fairy tale/ dream like dialogue with the blankness/bleakness of the sky. Performance is important to note within the scene as it allows the audience to identify with the characters. Its important to point out, that in the first half of the scene Jo is clearly more dominating. She bluntly resists Geoff efforts of him providing for her. ...read more.

Conclusion

The location of the dock, that Jo has run to, is similar to the dock where she met Jimmy, the father to her unborn child. The openness of the landscape mimics the entrapment of Jo current situation, as she is a jobless, single mother about to have a mixed race baby. Even though the backdrop of this scene is open/ vast, it is still industrial, the bridge and railings could be metaphorically seen as barriers or bridges that Jo is facing and will have to cross due to her situation. The harsh, cold and imposing metals seen in the bridge and other structural railings give the scene a cold and indelicate atmosphere which causes a juxtaposition to the type of conversation Jo and Geoff are having which is about love, care, happiness and marriage. The harsh, tough and industrial backdrops pose the same emotion and atmosphere that both characters portray even though the conversation is somewhat the opposite. This scene with A taste of honey allows audiences to relate the emotional vagueness of characters, as they are lost in this big, industrial, bleak town in Manchester. FLM 307 Student Number: 082011248 1 ...read more.

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