The characterization in the film Goodfellas by director Martin Scorsese is based on a true story of the Italian mafia, and the commonality the director Baz Luhrmann’s film The Great Gatsby (20013) share is an organized crime theme. Both film directors express the unique composition of mise-en-scène. The sets, costumes in the films are realistic to each time period in which they are set. The films elements of mise-en-scene influence the viewer’s a psychological sentiment in relation with the film.
In 1967, Richard Brooks made movie version of Truman Capote’s novel “In Cold Blood”. In 1990 Martin Scorsese produced a film version of Nicolas Pileggi’s bestselling novel “Wiseguy”. Both movies are base of true crime events. Featured in these two movies are true events depicting brutal murders. Throughout the films both contain details about the criminal, their crime sprees, and the motivation behind the ruthless killings. Though these two movies each one is a dramatization of mob life, the other is centered on two ex-convicts. This paper allows the reader to examine the similarities and contrast.
Guantanamera celebrates Cuban paradoxes in a comedy as well as in a serious tone about life,death, and politics. Tomas Gutierrez Alea did a tremendous job directing this film specifically for one element the motion in the film. Guantanamera, which means "a woman from Guantanamo," starts out with Gina, played by Mirtha Ibarra, awaiting her Aunt Yoyita in Guanatanamo. Yoyita is a famous singer living in Havana who has not been to Guantanamo in 50 years.She reunites with her old lover and unexpectedly dies when she sees a young girl. In the following paragraphs I will discuss various components that I have observed in this film from techniques to themes.
The General (1926) is a highly acclaimed movie by Buster Keaton, and one Keaton believed to be his best work. While still being a comedy movie, The General differs from Keaton’s other movies in featuring more action. Viewers can recognize the common bubbling character typical of his works, but witness a new smooth efficiency to his character’s stunts distinctive to The General. The storyline of the movie proves to be rather simple, allowing the audience to really appreciate the camera work and the theme. As the movie follows clumsy character Johnny win his sweethearts love and fight the North during the Civil War, audiences witness that anyone can be a hero.
It's Alive!! For 81 long years those iconic words have been associated with the dreaded Frankenstein. This classic tale where Victor Frankenstein creates a monster out of body parts to test the theory of resurrection; then successfully reviving him, mayhem breaks loose on the town. Frankenstein 1931, hands down will always be a cinematic success due to the incredible vision of James Whale that created one of the best horror films in history; the unbelieve costume design, the fascinating plot line and the incorporation of the novel with leave an unforgettable imprint on the audience.
In some of my favorite films, I like the use of horror because it makes the story interesting and mysterious by creating an intense feeling of fear, shock, or disgust. In
Though they are friends, the lives of Pedro Machuca and Gonzalo Infante differ drastically in many aspects including family life, the luxuries they can afford, and the political affiliations chosen by their families. All of which relate to the common everyday life of Chilean citizens during the Allende Presidency, and the Pinochet Dictatorship implemented after the coup d'etat. During this time, the civil unrest never ceased, and life for chileans was generally either good or bad based on social status, income, and party affiliation. Both Machuca and Infante are classic examples of the division inequality of life amongst Chileans, with Machuca being a poor boy who lived in a shanty town, having very little education, and owning very few possessions. Where as Infante is wealthy, has a high end private education, and can afford to buy various luxury items such as brand name shoes and food for his family.
In cinema nowadays, movies that are more famous among the people somehow engaged with explosions, gunfights, and superheroes. In the early days of cinema, the special spot for people had to do something with monsters and murderers. Some of these monsters have abilities to be sympathetic to the people who watch the movie. As a great example there is the movie Frankenstein. Dr. Frankenstein’s invention, is a monster that is created by an obnoxious scientist who decides to play god and it goes wrong. Dr. Frankenstein is the clear example of men playing with nature and then terrible consequences came into place.
The Godfather (1972) is said to be one of the greatest films ever made. When this movie was released in 1972, it was nominated for Ten Academy Awards and it won three: Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. The film was adapted from the book with the same name written by award winning author of mafia fiction, Mario Puzo. This film takes place in a span of ten years following the life of Don Corleone, the head of the Corleone Crime Family. It was a film that changed the history of cinema, introducing a very talented filmmaker and several acting legends in the telling of a story of a Sicilian Crime Family. The most memorable scene in the film is the opening scene of the movie which is also my choice of scene to elaborate on mise-en-scene.
At the end of World War II, Italy’s government started to fall, which made living there even tougher than it already was. The social class difference was an all time high and neorealism had become far more noticed by the people. Italian film was just becoming more popular and with everything happening in Italian society, filmmakers saw the opportunity to react. Italian cinemas began playing films showing difficulty within the economy along with problems in everyday life. This grabbed the attention of a significant amount of people including the government. Neorealism had taken over Italian cinema and the films were becoming known outside of the county. One film showing heavy doses of neorealism is Bicycle Thieves. This film came out a couple years after the ending of World War II and really opened up the eyes of many people showing how difficult Italy was doing. The movie, Bicycle Thieves, shows the heavy impact neorealism had on not only Italian cinema, but also international cinema as well.
This investigation will focus on the question: ‘To what extent does the movie “Sacco and Vanzetti” (by Giuliano Montaldo, 1971) portray what happened in the trial?’ The investigation focuses on the case of the two men (Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti) and the events that eventually led to their executions, which took place in 1927. It also looks at the racism towards immigrants in the United States in the 1920s; additionally it will look at the aftermath of the executions. This investigation will also look at how the political beliefs of the two men may have affected the outcome of the trial.
Every since its popularity began to rise back in the early 1900s, the horror genre specifically has always been one of the most gender stereotyped in the categories of film. This can be seen throughout the centuries, how the majority of women in scary movies are “classified” or determined as helpless, weak and defenseless; like the females in Friday the 13th or American Psycho. However, as time has changed (more recently) over the years, we see the same women in similar films who are able to fight back, escape the killer, and survive. This is because, they are breaking down the bonds that use to confine them. Which has, in turn, given female actors or characters the ability to outgrow such previous stereotypes that were once typically portrayed in horror films.
“The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe, “Prey” by Richard Matheson and “The Feature Pillow” by Horacio quiroga have same themes. Which is Violence and entrapment. The authors uses these 2 themes to show the readers specific view of what is going on in the story, describe the scenes vividly and to power up the scares of the story.
The Cultural Influences in Japanese Horror Film and Its American Remake (A case study of Ju-On: The Grudge (2002) and The Grudge (2004))
Genre is like a language that used by directors and it encodes some important messages about movies. If you understand the genre, you can decode the movies and you can have more information about subtle realities are related with the films. In this article, I will explain the genre differences between John Woo and Ramesh Sippy movies.