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Movie research paper "The Truman Show".

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Movie Research Paper "The Truman Show" Benjamin Gehring American Literature and Composition, 6th Period Ms. D. Isaac December 12, 2002 "The Truman Show is founded on an enormous secret that all of the studio's advertising has been determined to reveal. I didn't know the secret when I saw the film, and was able to enjoy the little doubts and wonderings that the filmmakers so carefully planted. (...) Those fortunate audience members (...) will be able to appreciate the meticulous way director Peter Weir and writer Andrew Niccol have constructed a jigsaw plot around their central character, who doesn't suspect that he's living his entire life on live television." (Ebert 1) This film by director Peter Weir and writer Andrew Niccol tells about a man (Truman Burbank) who who finds out that his whole life is actually TV show. The movie has an incredible influence on America and the international community. What maybe no one would expect, this movie inspired some producers especially a famous European producer, John De Mol, to produce a reality TV show called "Big Brother". ...read more.

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The last strange and most important scene is when he recognizes his father, who was purposely drowned while sailing with Truman, on the street. When Truman recognizes him, his father is taken away by some mysterious, casually dressed men. He begins wondering what is wrong with him or his world. After watching his environment with more attention, he realizes that everything is repeated over and over. For example he sees a yellow bug, a man with flowers, and a woman on a bicycle is passing his house every ten minutes. "Something is missing [in his life], and he thinks perhaps he might find it in Fiji, where Lauren (Natascha McElhone), the only woman he really loved, allegedly has moved with her family" (Ebert 1). However he can't take a boat because he always remembers the day when he lost his father. The TV show director also indirectly doesn't allow him to escape, because it would ruin the TV show. When Truman is sleeping and the producers of the TV show don't pay attention, Truman is finally able to escape with a boat by himself. ...read more.

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It seems that Weir wanted to make up a total different kind of movies. He says about the movie: "The Truman Show was based on Michael Jackson. "You watch The Truman Show and, I mean, Jim Carrey did a fantastic job, but Michael Jackson is Truman. He's who I based him on and he is the nearest thing to Truman." The director continues to say, "The connection between Michael and Truman is simple - they both have a heart, and people treat them like objects for entertainment value." (Justice Prevailed 1) Cited Works: Kenneth, Turan. The Truman Show. Los Angeles Times. 04 Dec. 2002. <http://www.calendarlive.com/movies/reviews/cl-movie980623-6.story>. Ebert, Roger. Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2003. Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN: 0740726919. (December 2, 2002) The Truman Show. Chicago Suntimes. 05 Dec. 2002. HFPA - Hollywood foreign press association <http://hfpa.org/> Myers, John. The Truman Show. Leadership University. 06 Dec. 2002 <http://www.leaderu.com/humanities/trumanshow.html> - -. The Truman Show. IMDB 2. 05 Dec. 2002 <http://us.imdb.com/Trivia?0120382> Roach. Big Brother - The Movie. DooYoo. 09 Dec. 2002 <http://www.dooyoo.co.uk/movies/movies_vhs/truman_show_the_1998/_review/ 393467/> --. Laura Linney. Blockbuster Entertainment. 04 Dec. 2002 < http://www.blockbuster.com/bb/person/details/0,7621,BIO-P+42589,00.html? > --. Big Brother comes to Channel 4. BBC. 06. Dec. 2002 <http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/670247.stm> --. 'The Truman Show', based on Michael Jackson. Justice Prevailed. 10 Dec, 2002 <http://justice-prevailed.nine10eleven.co.uk/news.shtml> ...read more.

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