The book The River Runs Salt, Runs Sweet depicts the time of the division of Yugoslavia and the Bosnian war. The book contains a number of stories that tell the readers about the life in Bosnia and the desire of people to survive. The historical landscape at the time covered in the memoir is characterized by the disintegration of Yugoslavia that was strengthened by the beginning of the intolerance among the races. Those factors influenced the lives of people and broke many of them.
The Other Side of The River tells a story of two towns: One by the name of St. Joseph and one by the name of Benton Harbor, which are 95 percent white and 92 percent black respectively. Although these two towns are geographically close, they are socially separated by class, race, and virtue. After the death of Eric McGinnis, a black teenage boy from the town of Benton Harbor, tensions grew between the two towns. The story of McGinnis’ death had several versions to it and the one you believed in was indicative of which side of the river you called home. In this paper, I will describe the concepts of meaning and social audiences and show how they are illustrated in this novel.
In the novel The River Between Us Mama is very affected by the war her baby boy Noah goes off to war and she doesn't know what to do without him.When Noah was gone at war Mama became very depressed. She told her daughter Tili to go and get her son and don’t come back without him. One day they brought a body back and Mama thought it was her precious son. Before she found out that it wa really her husband, she already committed suicide.Mama couldn't imagine her life without Noah and the thought that it was him in the casket she couldn't live with.
Dirty Dancing was released in 1987. The film clip I chose was from the end of the season talent show. Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) approaches Baby’s (Jennifer Grey) table and tells her father “Nobody puts baby in a corner.” In this scene, Johnny grabs Baby hand and escorts her towards the stage while everyone looks shocked even to see him. The individuals on the stage are singing their farewell song, but they immediately stop to let Johnny capture the spotlight. The cinematography used throughout this scene focuses mainly on Johnny and Baby. The lightings utilized in this clip were low-key and three-point lighting. These different lighting techniques are applied in the movie to help set the tone and mood for the film scene. The
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“The Dressmaker” has many similar elements and features to spaghetti westerns. How has the director used the style to engage a modern audience?
For instance, in the film “Beetlejuice,” Burton uses high-key lighting in the interior of the Maitlan’s house to give it a comfortable, cozy feel that reflects the personality of the family; however, after that family dies in a traffic accident and the Deetz's move in and “renovate” the home, the lighting becomes much darker. This contrast makes the house seem cold and unsettling, matching the personality of the new family. This technique is exemplified by the scene in which the Deetzes host a dinner party for out-of-town guests. The action alternates between the brightly lit attic where the ghosts of the Maitlans reside in safety to the gloomy dining room of the main house where the nasty, selfish Deetzes live out their cold, heartless lives.
As the camera zooms out slowly and we hear crickets chirping, we are introduced to the charming world of “What’s eating Gilbert Grape”. The film that many have come to love, along with its extremely famous actors, was released in 1993 in the United States and directed by Lasse Hallstrom. Endora, Iowa is the home of the Grape family, it’s a small, unchanging town where the main character Gilbert (Johnny Depp) feels trapped and death seems to be the only way out. Gilbert provides for his mother, sisters, and his autistic brother, Arnie (Leonardo Di Caprio). “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” is in many ways an unrealistic and demeaning view of autism. Arnie is represented throughout the movie as a burden to Gilbert and the rest of the Grape family,
The lighting in Donnie Darko movie is a key component of composition which creates our sense of illuminating for people and things. This movie uses two sources of lighting; natural light, such as daylight, when the scene is in an outdoor area for example, walking from school, at home, waiting at bus stop, or playing outside of the school on sunny days. Another source of light is artificial spotlight which is used in the movie indoors to cut and shape the light at the dining table, in the classroom or in the psychotherapist's house. Also, distinct shadows are used as an essentially smooth surface that reflects hard light in the Halloween party to feature deep shadows and scary areas in function of the plot. Three-points of lighting create ominous shadows in the horror genre for all the actors at Donnie and Elizabeth's Halloween party with lighting from below the cast to create monstrous objects in real life. How Donnie, his parents or friends feeling are effects of lighting flooding in order to directly understand the meaning of development of
Mr. Burns presents a unique take on the field of acting. During the first act, there was a closed off and often quiet tone to the play. The characters are all spaced out and separated even as their common conversation is being given. The only time they come closer together figuratively and literally is when they’re feeling threatened. When the characters first meet Gibson they all stick together in the face of danger and quite literally watch each other’s back. There is one character who keeps her space from the rest of the group and is really reserved. It is revealed later when the group asks Gibson the names on their lists that she has lost her daughter. It from that point becomes clear that she is suffering a deep emotional pain. This
Tim Burton uses many different cinematic techniques to achieve very specific effects in his movies. The most important cinematic techniques that he uses to create his unique style are Non-Diegetic sound, lighting, eye level, and zoom. These techniques that can be seen in the films Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Edward Scissorhands, and Corpse Bride, create the effects of sadness, dark moments, express the feeling of other without telling. He uses Non-Diegetic sound when he puts a song, he uses sad songs, happy songs, and more to show the feeling of the character, to give us like a hint of something that is going to happen, if it’s going to be bad or sad. He uses lighting to make the moment or scene sad or mysterious. He uses eye level
Tim Burton is well known film director. The movies that he has created are often described as mysterious, odd, and intriguing. Burton's movies use certain film techniques to create a certain feeling for the audience to experience. The three main techniques that Tim Burton usually uses is the lighting, camera angles, and sound techniques.
‘Two Days, One Night’ is a deep investigation of human values that slowly transcends into a genre of its own.
“Shane” is an Old Western movie that represents the western lifestyle and perspective of manhood. It was one of the unsurpassed movies produced in 1953. The movie’s plot revolves around farmers’ who try to save their own land from a dominant cattle rancher called Fletcher and a rider called Shane tries to stand by one of the farming families to keep their rights. This creates tragic events and conflicts between the family members themselves, and the family members with Fletcher and his men. The perception of being in danger is haunting the family from all sides and this is what led them to be very cautious with who they deal with and who they let in their farm. Actually, their distrust in mostly everybody around them made them reject Shane
The setting depicted elements of nature by using lights and water to create a calm, conscious atmosphere. The play began with rain sounds in the background, leading up to actual rain pouring onto the stage during the shrine and the funeral scenes. The lights gave off blue overtones in almost every scene. In the scene with Scottie and Bernadette, the blue lights contrasted with orange lights to give the audience a perspective of the sunset that Scottie viewed every day. The lights, subtle music, and rain helped me make sense of the setting and feel like I was a part of the show.