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Still Frame Analysis : American Gangster. The dominant in this frame is Denzel Washington. The eye is attracted to his character first as he is centered on the screen and is in sharper focus5 star(s)
5. Color values: The scene is set in a lounge of some sort. Color is not really used for symbolism here. All four characters are Black Americans. The two males closest to the camera are not illuminated enough to see the color of their outfits. Washington is dressed in dull colours (black, brown, grey). The set is also very dull. The female character has red hair, and red and purple clothing, which, is the the only colour contrast. Perhaps this is just to symbolize her difference from the rest of the characters. However, she is not being focussed on by the dominant character (Washington)
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Therefore, this ultimately leads to intergalactic class warfare between the terrorising, bourgeoisie Company figure of the alien and the working-class labour workers. Thus, what makes Alien an interesting analytic example is the film's diverse range of symbolic psychoanalytic imagery, which is often associated with horrific connotations concerning the alien as castrating Other. This profound use of psychoanalysis is located within the Marxist zone centred on the economic horror of the alien and the social horror of intergalactic class warfare. Interestingly, the way that these two critical approaches of psychoanalysis and Marxism are applied to the film may suggest that these are two separate tools of analysis, without any theoretical relationship.
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How does the usage of cinematography and editing in Michael Haneke's "Code Unknown" reinforce the lack of communication between characters?4 star(s)
The long take is an alternative to a series of shots, and is a strong creative resource. A long take, in this case, evokes emotions in the viewer without forcing it. In a series of short takes, the viewer is mentally jumping from an illusion to the next, without receiving a chance to explore the scene. (Wyss 2008) In Code Unknown, the viewer is encouraged to supply their own conclusions about what is unfolding in front of them. The film consists of static sequences from a single perspective to avoid patronizing or manipulating the viewer. (Haneke 2004)
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Cinema of Attractions and it relation to the perceived audience of early cinema. Early film makers used the new technology of cinema to display a variety of attractions to audiences in a style coined by Tom Gunning as cinema of attractions.4 star(s)
and presented in a style which appealed, thrilled and, as Stephen Bottomore suggests, sometimes shocked the audience of the time. (Bottomore 1999, p. 177) Eliciting these reactions in audiences was common to the established forms of entertainment in that era, which helped familiarise and popularise cinema as a new media. (Halle & Margaret 2003, p. 17) Cinema of attractions is a term Tom Gunning coined to describe all cinema prior to 1908 (or so), when the style of cinema was focused on engaging the audience with a variety of visually-arresting appeals and spectacles, spanning an assortment of styles and genres.
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A scene demonstrating this parallel quite vividly is the (also) parallel sequence where Billy in a lesson works hard to improve his dancing on the one hand and the police defeat the striking workers in their own neighborhood on the other. Taking a look at Billy�s part in the film, I would even say that Billy does not only achieve a cultural education for himself, but he is the one who who makes culture and new working class values accessible to his family.
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Conflicts exist between different ideas and theories of realism. Describe and explain these conflicts.4 star(s)
It is purely descriptive; a conclusion of perception. The electromagnetic radiation to which our retina is sensitive, the variations in molecular density detectable by our inner ear, the molecules which cause chemical reactions in our nervous system: These experiences we term; sight and hearing, touch and taste. This information, this knowledge, is collected and compounded according to how it affects us, and it is concluded as our physical surroundings, and termed our reality. Reality is where we exist, reality is what we see and hear, reality is the conclusions determinable by our sensual experience.
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After these images there is a straight cut to a man walking through a field of barley. We merely see the man's head and his arm. His arm is dressed with a cuff and a ring, which seem to suggest that he is a Roman soldier of some sort. The use of colour is very important here as lots of rich , sunny yellows are used, although there is still a tinge of sepia colour. Sepia colour is used in a clever way as generally it tends to suggest things that have happened in the past (as old photographs used to be taken in sepia)
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