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Comment on in detail how genre and narrative are established in the opening scenes of 'the Lord of the Rings' and Gladiator.

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Comment on in detail how genre and narrative are established in the opening scenes of 'the Lord of the Rings' and Gladiator I am going to comment on the genre and narrative of two films, the lord of the rings and gladiator. The genre is a type of film, for example- horror, action or science fiction. The narrative of a film is simply the story. People who create the film make the storylines (the director for instance). Also I am going to look for signifiers. Signifiers are the physical aspects we see and hear in the film, furthermore, they can be classed as codes and conventions. Codes are visual and audio aids used in the film, conventions are rules. An example of this is a horror film rule would be someone dying. Another media term is representation. The way a film portrays people is how they are representing them to be to the viewer. I am going to use all of these terms in my essay. As 'The Lord of the Rings' begins, the voiceover starts. It is a calm female voice, informing the viewer about the quest for the rings. ...read more.


The viewer knows there will be consequences to follow this scene and helps establish the genre. The inevitable then happens. There is a violent battle, which is a feature of an action movie. It is very graphic and realistic. Armies arrive in woodland on horseback. This is stereotypical of an action movie. There are no women represented in the opening scene. This shows that the movie was set hundreds of years ago where emperors ruled and males were represented as rich, strong and powerful beings. The sound effects are dramatic, exaggerated and symbolize a battle, which helps to establish the genre. An overhead camera angle shows large armies and the camera moves rapidly to show the intensity of the battle. The language the emperor uses also helps to define the genre. 'On my signal, unleash hell'. This also depicts the intensity and sheer will to win a battle; moreover it also helps to establish the genre to be action. Another aspect of an action movie is that the events take place in a chronological order. This is exactly what happens in 'Gladiator', right from the first encounter with the respective armies, up to the eventual battle. ...read more.


Flames and screams are evident which symbolise a battle. Similarly to 'The Lord of the Rings' there is a hero that will save the day and be an inspiration towards hid army. The general watches from afar showing the difference in class. Unlike 'The Lord of the Rings' it was a traditional battle fighting for rights. The music compliments the action and helps establish the genre. The genre and narrative of the two films does not differ a great deal from the respect that there are two extremely intense and purposeful battles in each of them, but what the respective characters are fighting for varies significantly. 'The Lord of the Rings' have based their battle around a fictional story about nine rings, this supports the intended genre of an action fantasy, whereas in 'Gladiator' there is a battle but without the fictional effect. The battle seems very real and is engaging for the viewer. The mis-en-scen supports the genre for both of the movies and makes them extremely effective. I much prefer the movie 'Gladiator' as I feel 'The Lord of the Rings' has a very specific target audience and is much to far fetched for me. 'Gladiator' appeals to a wider market as it has a historical and factual base, which results in a very engaging movie. ...read more.

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