Film Techniques Used In The Film 'The Reunion'

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In the film “The Truman Show” directed by Peter Weir, uses many techniques used in “The Reunion” scene. This is an important scene in the film where Truman is reunited with his father. The viewers see Truman show his feelings as he hugs his father, this shows how Truman was manipulated by Christof when his father so called “drowned”. The director used camera work/shots, dialogue, setting and lighting, and many more to show how important this scene was. The key idea/theme shown throughout the whole film is control and manipulation, as Christof is god like and has controlled Truman since he was born. The first set techniques Weir used were camera work and dialogue. At the start of the scene when Truman and Marlon were sitting at the edge of…show more content…
The lighting is very dark and mysterious and the time is set in the early morning. The viewers see this as an unexpected conversation because of how the director portrays it. Both Marlon and Truman have never had this conversation before other then early in the film on the same bridge, both Marlon and Truman were playing golf and drinking beer. Truman was talking about how he was going to fly to Fiji. This creates a concerned feeling for the viewers which makes them concentrate more on Truman and Marlon. The director does this purposely so that the viewers are drawn into the film. This also mirrors the human nature of reality shows. We get addicted to watching a reality show and we base our whole life around that one show. This is shown when the viewers of the Truman Show (the truman bar and the two old ladies) have watched the show since Truman was born. This scene is linked to an early part of the film where Truman lost his dad when he was young. This shows the determination Truman’s character has as he never gave up on trying to find him, and it shows the theme of control/manipulation by Christof. The director uses a close up headshot of both Truman and Marlon to show that they are the more dominant feature that is in the shot. Both these techniques combine and work great together to show how determined Truman is of finding the truth of his unreal world and how he never…show more content…
Lastly the director has used character actions and dialogue in this scene to show what was going through Truman’s head. The actions that Truman did was when he was walking up to his father slowly, and what he said was “I never stopped believing.” This dialogue goes very well with the actions that Truman did. This shows the viewer that Truman is surprised but he is also very happy that his father is still alive. The dialogue “I never stopped believing”, also shows the viewer that Truman never stopped believing that his father died. The reaction of the audience in the Truman Show, shows that they feel relief for Truman as he can finally get his life back. This shows the determination in Truman’s character. This scene is linked to Truman’s past, as he was very sad and terrified when his father was swept overboard. He has been blaming himself for his father’s death, when it is actually Christof’s fault. Christof is like a god in Truman’s world but a bad god. This theme of playing god in people’s lives for the sole purpose of entertainment, is a great example of control over someone. This is mirrored in the real world where people are obsessed with reality shows because the directors are playing like god. The viewer 's response is that we will never stop getting addicted to reality show unless we force ourselves to take our attention to something more important “living”. “Dad”, is another important dialogue in this scene because it shows Truman expressing his feelings, and
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