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A comparison between film versions Emma and Clueless The features I will look for in both films for comparison is setting, location, lighting, costumes, props, camera angles, dialogue and weather. Emma is set in the early 20th century and Clueless in the 1990's. The director changed the era to refer to the fact that girls nowadays are more mature than young women in the early 20th century. The diversity between the locations in both films is very minor. In Clueless it is set in Beverly Hills in America and in Emma is set in England. England in the early 20th century is largely countryside with prosperous houses, and a rigid hierarchy. Beverly Hills is quite comparable to England as it is rich in foundations, but has a more relaxed hierarchy. The classes are diverse, you are not born into a class like as in Emma, it depends what your career is. Living in these two places evokes the impression of wealth. ...read more.


The director does this to create the scenes to look natural. There is a great contrast between Emma and Clueless as technology has improved and we no longer have to live in darkness. So there is extra lighting in Clueless indoors. Also because Cher's house is modern it has neutral colours that repeal a lot of light and makes the rooms look bigger, unlike Emma. Out doors, like Emma, is bright and natural and is often sunny. The darker setting is in the party. The darker light gives off a more alluring side of you, which you would want in a party, as in the intimate settings in Emma. The costumes in Emma are lavish and are very flirtatious. Women wear tight dresses that show off their cleavage, and men wear tight trousers and frilly shirts. Clueless and Emma are alike in clothing, the clothing Cher wears is short skirts and low-cut tops, but the men are different, as they wear more baggy and loose clothing. ...read more.


The weather in both films is alike, despite the different scenery. In Emma it is very sunny, and there is only one part of the film where it rains and a few where it snows, in the winter seasons. The snow happened once during the journey between Emma's house and a party she is travelling to and it rained once when Emma was looking in a shop in the local town. In Clueless it does not rain once, it is either mildly sunny or hot. You can tell the weather is hot because of the scenery lighting and because in many scenes you see Cher sunbathing or drinking a cool drink. The director has to make the slight difference in both films because Clueless is set in America, where it is a lot warmer. In conclusion I think the films are alike in the aspects I have written about above. Sometimes the two films are different for example the camera angles, and clothing but I think this is only because the films are set in different time periods and have to be adapted for the era in which they set are. Hazell Moore 9N 12th July 2004 ...read more.

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