City Of God Film Analysis

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City of God is Brazil’s most critically praised film of recent years. Based on the book of the same name by writer Paulo Lins, which in-turn was based on a true story. This essay will focus on the cinematography and cinematic conventions of the film and how sound and music plays a big role in the opening sequence, it will also focus on visual design and lighting in the film
Synopsis
City of God is a violent, fast-paced movie that tells the tale of the residents of this Brazilian slum. Events are seen through the eyes of a poor black youth who is too scared to become an outlaw but too smart to get saddled with an underpaid, menial job. He grows up in an extremely violent environment and watches as many of his peers are easily sucked into a life of crime and drugs. It seems the odds are against him. In particular we see two small boys grow up to take two very different paths:
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In the opening sequence of the film there are then some level tracking shots following the chicken, which suggests that it is the audience chasing it. The camera work is used to make the chicken seem threaten, in danger, panicked. This range of very contrasting shots builds upon the confused and stylized feel of the scene.
Music and sound in visual design
The sound is an important element in film form. In film “sound can be used and edited with as much complexity and intelligence as image can If a film without sound, audience will have less exposure on what is going on the scenes .According to Crane Russak, in films music is used to overlap a cut, particularly for changes of scene between acts (Russak, 1973: 201). As the chicken and everything else is prepared, audience can hear an onscreen sound from people drumming, the drumming is of a Brazilian style, therefore assuming the film is set in a slum in Brazil.

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