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We recently watched the film Pretty Woman, which was directed by American Hollywood.

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Pretty Woman We recently watched the film Pretty Woman, which was directed by American Hollywood producer Garry Marshall, who had previously produced 70's T.V sitcoms, such as Happy Days, Mork & Mindy, and Laverne & Shirley. This film was made between 24th July 1989 and 18th October 1989, and was then released on 23rd March 1990. Pretty Woman cost $14million to make, but was a huge hit and in the U.S alone it made $178million, furthermore it made $478million worldwide. The story of Pretty Woman is based on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, and the musical and 1964 film My Fair Lady, in which Rex Harrison plays Professor Higgins and Audrey Hepburn plays flower seller Eliza Doolittle. The soundtrack for this film was 'Oh, Pretty Woman', which was sung by Roy Orbison. In Pretty Woman Richard Gere plays wealthy and ruthless businessman, Edward Lewis, and Julia Roberts plays Vivien Ward who is a young prostitute. Pretty Woman starts with Edward breaking up with his girlfriend, so he takes a drive to Beverly Hills and unintentionally picks up prostitute Vivien, when he is trying to work out how to drive his lawyer's wife's car. He explains to her that he buys companies that are starting to deteriorate, breaks them up and then sells them for a profit. ...read more.

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When you are shown Vivien's world, the colours are always vivid and trashy, but in Edwards's world, the colours are always grey and black. The first time you are given an indication that Viv and Edward are going to meet is when the camera cuts between Edward driving and Viv making her way to the bar. After Edward and Vivien have met and they are in his hotel room framing is used when they are beside each other to show that they are close. Edward then sends Vivien to Hollywood Boulevard to shop, and she is rudely told to leave. A close up on Viv's face and the type of music that is played shows that Vivien has been offended by this and is upset. The hotel manager is an unprejudiced character, who seems to be fond of Vivien, puts words in her mouth to help her when she is flustered by the whole embarrassing experience. At first when Vivien takes a bath in Edwards's hotel room there are lots of bubbles, but now they are both in it together with no bubbles, which shows they now have nothing to hide from each other. Edward takes Vivien to a polo match and even though lots of women are nasty to her and make spiteful comments like "So you're the flavour of the month" which was from the Olsen sisters Gwen and Gretchen, Vivien just learned to smile, and shock them. ...read more.

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There is a connection shot between his bare feet in the park, and her bare feet in her flat. At the end of the film when Viv is getting ready to leave for college, and there is cutting between both of them to show that they are thinking of each other. Edward then goes to Viv's flat in a white Limo, which represents a knight on a white horse rescuing her, which was her dream. Edward is petrified of heights, but overcomes this to climb up and meet Vivien. I learned that directors of films use camera techniques to make you have a certain opinion of something, and that music and other film techniques can be used to give the scene a certain feeling. I really enjoyed this film, because even though it was about a romance, it was also quite funny so you were able to like it more. I liked the story of how the two main characters, who were having totally opposite, but still miserable lives, met by chance and then both became much better people, and were happy together. The only bad point in this film was the slight glorification of prostitution, but it didn't this spoil the enjoyment of this film for me and I thought the happy ending was very good, although, it left you wondering what would happen next. Written by Laura, Greenock ...read more.

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