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How do the main elements of narrative and genre create meaning and generate spectator response in a sequence from a film of your choice?

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Film Studies Assignment One Written Analysis How do the main elements of narrative and genre create meaning and generate spectator response in a sequence from a film of your choice? The film I have chosen is a crime thriller called 'Bound'. Mafia moll, Violet, finds herself attracted to a female ex-con, Corky. Together they attempt to steal $2 million from Violet's boyfriend, Ceasar. It brings about the question of who can trust who throughout the film. Although it is a crime thriller it also has gangster undertones. I will discuss cause and effect, other films of the same genre, the characters, the settings, if there is equilibrium and any possible theorists. The Wachowski brothers who created 'Bound' are also responsible for 'The Matrix' which I think bares no resemblance to their debut 'Bound' in regards to genre. However the visual aesthetics that appear in each film which are appreciated by both audiences are apparent. I believe this film to be suitable for its narrative and genre, although a website reviewing the film stated It's not the narrative as much as how the film looks that keeps Bound's spectators rapt. I have chosen two short scenes in which I will analyse the genre and narrative. The first scene is about 15 minutes into the film. ...read more.


They're slightly more 'seedy' than the first of the locations; perhaps this is to place emphasis on the plan to take the money and Corky's lower class. Corky's car is parked in a poorly lit ally way, which is dark and sets the atmosphere. There is more narrative in this scene, the audience gets to see the cause (Corky and Violet meeting) and effect (their plan to steal the money). I could see more of the gangster sub-genre when Violet explains she 'wants out', Corky also realises how dangerous they are when she says 'they are worse than any cop because they have lots of money and no rules.' Because of the narrative the audience is still unsure whether to trust Violet or to think she is using Corky. Overall the film does follow certain codes of convention, it follows a basic pattern for a film; stable situation; disruption; goals they want to achieve; threat, good/evil struggle; and a resolution where questions are answered. I feel that my two scenes show the first three of these points. These are all parts of the equilibrium which becomes disturbed and usually in most films becomes restored at the end. In each scene there is an independent point of view in which the camera can see everything. ...read more.


The first scene has established how Corky and Violet have an attraction for each other, while we see Violet is also a moll. Already the audience knows both women are heading for dangerous circumstances. The surroundings and speech help to assert this. The second scene establishes Corky's and Violets relationship, how dangerous Caesar is and their plan to take $2 million. It does this using 'seedy', dark surroundings with intense narrative. The second scene also shows the effect from the first scene. I believe these scenes to be the most effective to analyse the genre and narrative as they both have an effect throughout the film. However I have found it hard to specify the film to just one genre. I have been able to realise that this film does follow many of the classic codes of convention through writing about theorists. The aesthetic values of this film allow the whole 'gangster/moll' theme to become apparent, the plan for the theft of the money I feel is the only thing that makes this film a crime thriller. This film is hard to relate to any other film as there are two sub-genres. I feel that after the two scenes I have analysed the audiences reaction is one of suspense, and the people viewing this film are possibly more able to relate this film to those of a gangster genre through the speech and locations as well as a crime thriller. Zoe Lucas Page 1 18-12-2007 ...read more.

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