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What do the opening credits of HBO(TM)s Sex and the City and the Sopranos suggest about New York City? Comment on the use of, and analyse the effects of, colour, music, camera angles, image, design and mise-en-scene.

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What do the opening credits of HBO's Sex and the City and the Sopranos suggest about New York City? Comment on the use of, and analyse the effects of, colour, music, camera angles, image, design and mise-en-scene. Sex and the City is a romantic comedy series set in New York City about the lives of four professional young women who are in search of the perfect relationship. The opening credits of HBO's production shows a lot about New York City. This will appeal to mainly women who are single or even, in a relationship. In this essay, I will analyse and comment on the effects and uses of colour, music, camera angles, image, design and mise-en-scene. The music at the beginning of the opening is jolly and playful by using piano and saxophone. It stays like that throughout the credits. It kind of makes your head move to the music. ...read more.

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Light is everywhere the frame which, automatically, sets a bright, positive atmosphere. The light on her face suggests that she is an optimistic character. A bit of sky is shown between the buildings which show a sunny, cheerful view. So we're expecting to see an upbeat programme. The Chrysler building is shown in the next shot. It is a famous building in New York City. This suggests that New York is an attractive city and everything is new. You wouldn't expect to see an attractive, well-groomed woman strutting in the gritty side of New York City, will you? With all its dump and ghetto-like alleyways, humph, not at all! The clouds in the sky are moving pretty fast behind the building as if a huge wind is blowing it across. This fast-forwarding suggests a new day, a new start, a new start, a whole new relationship. ...read more.

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This also indicates a new day, a new start. We then see a point of view shot of the traffic. It's busy and you see yellow everywhere. It takes us through the streets to Carrie looking lost and raising her eyebrow, to a tracking shot of the Brooklyn Bridge and to a point of view shot of the Statue of Liberty. New York is showing off its landmarks to the audience, telling us non-verbally that it is a wonderful place to be. Carrie is so much into her own world that she gets splashed with water from the gutter by a cab/bus. This wakes her up and she is back in to reality. No more head in the clouds. You see this shows that New York City is not always that glamorous as we think it to be! The bus that splashes her with the water advertises her show on the front of the bus- 'Carrie Bradshaw knows good sex and isn't afraid to ask' ?? ?? ?? ?? Hanan Ali D10 Sex and the City ...read more.

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