He embarks on a dangerous journey through Africa with a black fisherman and an American journalist that will change their lives. DiCaprio is presented as a rugged, unshaven Rhodesian smuggler with a thick South African accent. He dresses in casual outdoor gear. In the scene after his release of prison he reaches into his mouth with a knife to retrieve a small diamond. This gives him a robust image.
Kurtz was called back to his Inner Station by the “many powers of darkness [that] claimed him” which was not only his greed and thirst for power but also the darkness within humanity. Kurtz originally traveled to the Congo in hopes to enlighten and humanize the native African. However, once he was able to relish the power that belonged to him in the jungle, Kurtz could not resist the call of his own primitive greed. Within the jungles of the Congo, Kurtz experienced a power over the African men that he cannot receive in the civilized nature of Europe. The native offered “unspeakable rites” and sacrifices for Kurtz and worshipped him.
In the movies The Constant Gardener (2005) directed by Fernando Meirelles and Blood Diamond (2006) directed by Edward Zwick, the unchecked exploitation of Africans by both whites and blacks is explored. In The Constant Gardener the issue of illegal drug distribution and testing by large pharmaceutical companies is expressed and combined with a story of love and revenge. Similarly, the misuse of rural Africans in the multi-million diamond industry is explored in Blood Diamond and back dropped by the civil war raging in Sierra Leone. Ralph Fiennes was chosen for the cast of Justin Quayle in The Constant Gardener for his passive and reflective charisma, calm features and composed way of speaking. Justin’s character contrasts strongly to that of
I would agrue that the Balance Theory is evident between Doug the Head, Cousin Avi and Diamonds. We can see in the scene where Cousin Avi flies to London to see Doug the Head and try and find Frankie four fingers that they both have a desire for diamonds as they are both trying to find Frankie who has the large diamond in his possession. Doug the Head owns a Diamond store and deals with stolen diamonds and Cousin Avi works the business of acquiring diamonds. The diamonds are an important element in their relationship. Even Doug the Head pointed out in another scene that he ‘will not buy strops’ refering to the fact that he will not buy fake diamonds.
Comparative Film Analysis Essay Task Focus – The Presentation and Treatment of Africa in Hollywood films: Blood Diamond and The Constant Gardener It is difficult to analyse two similar but also very different films and compare them with each other. The things I found most interesting: Tessa Quayle is the main character’s (Justin Quayle) wife in the film The Constant Gardener. She is played by Rachel Weisz. In the movie she comes across as the ‘good white person’ who doesn’t mind living in Africa, in the middle of nowhere. The first scene of her in Africa is her in the middle of a crowd of black people.
In the Heart of Darkness, Marlow enters and recounts his story in Africa where he finds “hollow men” only on the hunt for ivory and wealth, filled with only greed. In the heart of the Congo, the protagonist encounters Kurtz, who realizes the true nature and horror of what humanity possesses. Eliot expresses that “those who have crosses with direct eyes, to death’s other Kingdom remember us - if at all - not as lost.” He basically suggests that the people who have ventured into purgatory or hell have the recognition of a higher state of morality, heaven. Essentially, those people can see the truth behind people. After Kurtz reveals the darkness of people’s hearts during the imperialism, he utters “the horror!
Heart of Darkness tells a story about Marlow, a young captain. He reserves a commission to research Kurtz who is an ivory trader, who works for a Belgian trading company and loses in the Congo jungles. Apocalypse Now’s background is Vietnam War. An American captain Willard gets a mission to find and kill an unsound US Special Forces colonel—Kurtz. Although the two stories’ contexts are not the same, the trucks are similar.
Furthermore, the issue of savagery is clearly understood as a place that is infected, corrupt and has a lot of uncertainties. The savage place described is assumed to be Africa, where everything is nothing but a big mess. The character of Kurtz in “Heart of Darkness” is very vague at the beginning of the story. Marlow learns tit bits of information about Kurtz from different people and Marlow finds Kurtz to be a very interesting character. It has been said that Kurtz was one of the most successful ivory trader the Company has ever had.
Edward Zwick and Marcelles Ferando are the directors of Blood Diamond and The Constant Gardener, which are thrilling humanitarian movies that open the eyes of those granted with the pleasure of watching it. In Blood Diamond Solomon Vandy played by Djimon Hounsou is the role of a typical poor African fisherman who represents the masses of the lower spectrum of the working class, hoping for a better future for themselves and their children. He is a very family orientated man who goes to the ends of the earth just to find his son in order to reunite his family. Djimon Hounsou plays a very courageous, compassionate and morally grounded family man who is also at times unbelievably naïve as he is blinded by his driving factor which is the love that he has for his family. His character does not go through any kind of character development from the beginning till the end, but he does seem to develop physically and emotionally as a result of everything that he has been through and all of the work that he had done while he was being enslaved by the RUFs.
Ranvir Singh Ranawat. The negative character of Baba Zahir Khan shown as terrorist is a bearded man who greets his brother by saying. “Thanks to Allah, our mission has been successful”. This shows Muslims responsible for all the terrorism. In the movie it is shown that there is a camp at the mountains.