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Comparing and contrasting the opening sequences of Manhattan and the Sopranos.

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English Media Coursework In this essay I will be comparing and contrasting the opening sequences of Manhattan and the Sopranos. I know there both set in New York however they both have a different genre and also the way in which New York is represented. Manhattan is a romantic comedy and the Sopranos is a gangster series. In this essay I will also be describing the mood, denotation and connotation in the most important shots. I will also be deciding on whether or not it is a good opening sequence for its particular genre in my own opinion. Manhattan was directed and released by Woody Allen in 1979 and was a successful romantic comedy. The Sopranos however was directed by David Chase this was released in 1991 and it was a gangster series. The Sopranos was targeted for young adults, where as Manhattan focussed on couples young and old. Manhattan shows a romantic and a glamorise mood, we can see this in almost every single shot, as they are slow and long. ...read more.

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This gives he effect of a slow romantic mood. The denotation of the skyline is just a bunch of buildings. Deeply the connotation is that the skyline is a symbol of passion and love. We also see the same with the long shot of the couple on the horse and carriage. The denotation is just a mode of transport where as the connotation shows a devotion and adoration mood. The last shot of the opening sequence is an extreme long shot of the skyline with the use of fire works. This symbolise that two people are about to make love. In the opening sequence of The Sopranos we can see the shots from Tony Soprano's point of view. In juxtaposition to Manhattan there are also a lot sky scrapper scenes, this is also used to scene. New York is represent as a bad place where if you don't watch you back you could be shot. He leaves New York to go to his home in New Jersey. ...read more.

Conclusion

A final shot which shows fear is the medium long shot of the graveyard the denotation of this is that it is just cemetery where the dead are buried the connotation of this is the symbol of death and destruction. I conclusion I found out that there are a lot of similarities and differences between the two opening sequences. An example of a comparison is that they both use the Manhattan skyline to set the scene. However these skyline shots are very different because in Manhattan it shows the skyline as romantic feature, where as The Sopranos sees this skyline as power compared to Tony Soprano. Manhattan has very effective opening sequence for a romantic comedy because in almost every shot it makes the audience feel loved and closer to there loved ones. In The Sopranos however I think it is a fantastic opening sequence for a gangster series because the way he is driving in his car with a cigar in his mouth and knuckle brass on his knuckles he looks like a gangster and it feels a bit dodgy. Se´┐Żn McSweeney ...read more.

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