Film Analysis Of Frank Capra's It Happened One Night

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Frank Capra’s 1934 black and white romantic comedy It Happened One Night set the pattern for future “screwball” romantic comedies. The story is set during the depression era and focuses on the unlikely paring of an heiress and an unemployed news paper journalist. The conceited and spoiled heiress has rejected her lavish lifestyle and ran away. The film clearly projects how love is able to cross over class conflicts and monetary differences. Unexpectedly, the film became a runaway box office sleeper hit, and won the top five Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Adaptation (Robert Riskin), Best Director (Frank Capra), Best Actor (Clark Gable), and Best Actress (Claudette Colbert). Elements: 1. Scene Synopsis: Ellie is arguing with her father in the cabin of his small cruise ship. She has gone on a hunger strike refusing her meals from the crew, that fear her. As Ellie states, “Outside of the fact that you don’t like it,” a quick transition is made from inside the cabin to just outside the door, where two crew members and a sailor listen intrusively to their private conversation. Production Comment: Capra uses the straight cut element of editing to instantaneously switch from one scene to another. Through showing the eavesdropping of the crew members, unbeknownst to Ellie and her father, appealed to my sense of humor and realization that people have changed very little since the 1930’s. 2. Scene Synopsis: Ellie has just embarrassingly awakened clutching Peter’s

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