Wes Anderson's Narrative Techniques In The Film Rushmore

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Wes Anderson’s 1998 film, Rushmore, ushers the audience into a world of complicated love issues involving teenagers and adults, a reflection of the occurrence in the contemporary society. Throughout the film, the director develops major themes and issues around the main character, Max. Anderson uses characters and plot development to further the storyline of the film, which revolves around Max’s life especially at Rushmore Academy, his infatuation with Madam Ms. Cross, and his role in the local play. In this assignment, the film analysis is based on a sequence (October) commencing at the 33.21 minute and ends at the 57.50 minute. The film styles used support the storyline of the film. The narrative in the sequence is impressive. It starts with …show more content…

Melodic tunes ushers in the first scene of the classroom, which fades away as Mrs. Whitney introduces Max to his new classmates. There are also natural sounds such as thumping of feet by basketball players. The sound is used effectively for transition from one scene to another. Drumbeats mark Max’s exit from the school environment to that on the street with Ms. Cross. A song then introduces happy moments for most characters including Max’s participation in a pre-basketball match entertainment. The song represents the happy moods from one scene to another for a while. It helps in enforcing the story of a happy young man who becomes sad after losing the woman’s love to his friend. The natural sounds of ambulances and police cars sirens are so deafening that it is difficult to hear what Max tells Mrs. Blume leaving the audience to decide on what transpired. However, it becomes clear when Mrs. Blume files for a divorce. Rock music in the scenes where Mr. Blume spoil Max’s bicycle and Max’s bees revenge mission portrays dangerous situations the characters are in as reflected by Max arrest. The sounds cement various themes in the film including theme of love, betrayal, conflict among

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