The use of contrast and the play with light and darkness is fascinating. It has a great psychological effect on the audience. The Don Corleone’s office is submerged in darkness and the characters in the scene come in and out of the light, thereby directing the focus onto them. A very large part of the film is shot in low key lighting, to emphasize on the theme of the film which is essentially, the life story of the Mob in
To pinpoint the exact influences of what we know today as film noir can result in a convoluted mess. Film noir itself is not necessarily a genre in the same way the western or musical is. Film noir is characterized by shadowy cinematography, thematic elements, and a generally somber and cynical mood. The notable films generally accepted as the characteristically noir include White Heat, Double Indemnity, The Big Heat, Detective Story, The Maltese Falcon and several others. Modern viewers might be familiar with noir-inspired films like Chinatown, Who Framed Roger Rabbitt, L.A.
Like other noir we’ve seen, it doesn’t conform neatly to one genre. There’s violent crime, yes, but there’s also pure romance (from Ann’s point-of-view) and comedy. But first and foremost, what makes this film a true noir is its roughness. The world Jeff Markham inhabits is not a pleasant one. Deception and betrayal are taken for
In the line-up scene, this is especially true. The police station line-up scene is, however, quite unusual for this genre of film. It does not adhere with the conventions of film noir nor with the elements of a crime or thriller film. This is fundamentally due to the contrasting composition including the mise-en-scène of this particular sequence as compared to the rest of the film. Mise-en-scène is defined by Bordwell and Thompson (2013) as “to signify the director’s control over what appears in the film frame”, which is originally from the French term and quite appropriately, “putting into the scene”.
One should not only look beyond the surface to discover “this whole life behind things” (American Beauty) but also take a closer look at the very screen since the films are related in more ways than merely self-displeasure, identity crises and unworking relationships. Watching these films, one notices outstanding peculiarities in terms of mise-en-scène. Despite two different directors, there are certain similar perspectives and frames evoking impressions that will stay in one’s mind. Empty people, empty lives, empty rooms: be it Brandon’s sterile, pallid, blue-greyish apartment in New York City or The Wheelers’ and the Burnhams’ in the suburbs, tidy and expensively furnished houses with neatly positioned buquets of deep red roses – they all are unpsersonal, empty shells. None of them look inhabited or like an actual home; the empty rooms have no soul whatsoever and rather appear like museums, rooms that are for rent, or settings of a real estate commercial.
Beatlejuice along with other films are mainly gloomy storylines with low key lighting and dark colors but he turns them into enjoyable movies for kids and adults to watch. Tim Burton uses lighting and colors to convey dark, mysterious style like in his films Edward Scissorhands, Corpse Bride, and Beatlejuice. Tim Burton uses colors to show how different people are and how different the situation is in a scene. This occurs in Edward Scissorhands with the people’s outfits and Edwards. Example Edward wears an all-black suit that looks similar to a strait jacket.
While the exhibits do not sugar coat the atrosities, it is not too gruesome for the visitors to experience. The Skokie Holocaust Museum is a museum that fulfills its mission statement “through the exhibition, preservation and interpretation of its collections and through education programs and initiatives that foster the promotion of human rights and the elimination of
Many of the shots of the character Edward begin with his hands and then move up his body. These closeups of Edward’s omenes ependiges make the entire seen to come slightly frightening. In the film the music is a chorus of voices that seemed to be imitating angels. Tim Burton did this to show that despite his appearance Edward is a good natured soul that only wants to be apart of the town. In his film Tim Burton uses darkness to show the unknown and that which the audience cannot understand.
The movie Casablanca is characterized by a lot of sociological concepts, analyzing issues concerning, social class, race, sacrifice, and many others. Casablanca is indeed the kind of movie which makes us meditate and rethink about the world around us. The overall plot of the film is straightforward nevertheless the movie is hardly one-dimensional, partly because of its irresolvable fundamental conflict and to some extent because it works as both a rational and a political allegory. The 1st sociological concept demonstrated in the movie is that of the difficulty of impartiality and neutrality. In war and love: IIsa, Rick, and Louis find it extremely difficult to maintain neutrality.
Dark, foreboding alleyways, creepy villains, and sinister music are all things one would expect to find in a Tim Burton film. But do you know why? Every aspect of his films are carefully thought out to give off a specific effect. One example of this is how Burton uses camera angles and lightings to create an ominous and lonely mood in his films, because he wants his audience to connect with the strange, or “different” characters. Burton uses a variety of different camera angles in his films to get his point across.