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"Brief Encounter" dealt with the issues of sexuality and desire by using a lot of different techniques.

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Brief Encounter Question 1 "Brief Encounter" dealt with the issues of sexuality and desire by using a lot of different techniques. Some of the main ones included the lighting that was used, which would always heighten the facial expressions of the characters that were in the scene (inevitably it was Laura and Alec). This then led to the viewers noticing how the lead characters dressed and talked. Although the lighting emphasised their expressions, this led to Laura's clothes being less noticeable. The way that Laura talked was with a first person narrative, like it was her conscience speaking, but to her husband Fred. The director David Lean has used the music to try and emphasise the moment in the film, for example when at the beginning of the film Laura is in the lounge area with her husband Fred, the music is calm, soothing, and slow, to match Laura's mood and feelings at the time. Also throughout the film, there are lots of examples of symbolism, which adds to or dramatically heightens the growing love affair between Laura and Alec Harvey. For example when Laura and Alec first meet at the caf�, she has a small piece of grit in her eye, and along comes Alec and helps to get rid of it for Laura. I read this as symbolising, that there was a small love beginning to materialise itself between Laura and Alec (a doctor who just happens to be in the right place at the right time). The piece of grit in Laura's eye, is only something small, but the next event will put their growing love into slightly more proportion, a meal at ...read more.


As we follow the story we see flashbacks, to before she was at home with her husband Fred, to about three or four weeks previously, this technique is not a new one nowadays (nor was it back then), but it does allow for the story to make a lot more sense as the audience has some conception or idea as to what Laura is talking about. The director David Lean also uses a lot of very cleaver symbolism throughout this film. Such as whenever we see a train leaving the station (which happens on numerous occasions), I feel this matches the pace of the whole film, or Laura and Alec's relationship (slow, getting faster, fast, then slowing down, and then finally stopping). This is very cleaver, in the fact that the symbolism that the director David Lean does use, is always in the right position, and is always useful, to the film. Also what I find interesting is the type of camera shots that David Lean chooses to implement. For example whenever Laura and Alec are in the caf� together, all we get to see is a two shot, and generally zooming in on the central character or protagonist Laura's face, to see her facial expressions. Also what is evident is the lighting that is used, as this is very important, as since the film is shot in black and white (that was what was only available at the time of when this film was produced), this leads to lots of dark spots, which the director has very cleverly used to his advantage, by concentrating most of the lighting on Laura's face to highlight or heighten the drama. ...read more.


Speech like that was I imagine common, so I just have to put it into perspective. Question 3(b) My feelings towards "Brief Encounter" I believe would change vastly if I watched it in another or different environment, or situation. Some of the reasons for this is because, say for example I was to watch this film, on my own, I don't think that I would understand, or see many of the symbolism involved within this film, for many different reasons. I believe that I found the symbolism because I watched at college and not at home, because at college there are not many distractions, there is a screen playing the film, and that is just about it, so I have to pay attention; where as if I was to watch this film on my own at home, there are just so many distractions, from being tempted to switch channels halfway through the film, to wanting to go and do other activities. I believe that it is only because I watched this film at college that I picked up as much detail as I did in the first place. Also if I were to watch this film, for another subject, say English, I would only be concentrating on how the characters speak, and not all of the other details, such as symbolism, the ideals, and how the lighting works on screen. The reasoning behind this is because English calls on different skills then the film course, the film course expects you to look into more detail about different aspects of the film, then the English course. Adam Bateman ...read more.

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