3.2 Film Analysis ‘It Happened One Night‘ 3.2.1 Story/Plot Frank Capra’s black and white movie “It Happened One Night” was released in 1934, starring Clark Gable as Peter Warne and Claudette Colbert as Ellen Andrews. The story of the film is based on Samuel Hopkins Adams’ short story ‘Night Bus’ and has a running time of 1:45:05 while the storytime is 3 days and 3 nights. The Film represents many topics and themes relevant for the 1930s’ such as social mobility, class, gender, and the pursuit of happiness. This analysis will focus on questions of gender and notions of femininity existing during the Great Depression in US Culture, which are reproduced through the film itself. To support my thesis, I will analyze the most important key scenes …show more content…
In the following shot the viewer is introduced to Mr. Andrews who is just being informed about his daughter being on hunger strike. In the following shot we see Alexander Andrews trying to comfort his daughter. Through their dialog the viewer learns about the fact that Ellie has recently officially married and is being retained on the boat against her will because her father opposes the marriage. We also learn that Ellie feels like she has always been denied her will by her father and that her father supposes she only wants to marry King to anger him. The Mise en Scène of the first scenes establishes the Andrew’s social position. The big private boat, fully furnished and decorated with fresh flowers, the servants and details like expensive dishes and plenty of food clarify the family’s upper social position and depict the magnitude of their wealth. This contrasts the mise en scène of the rest of the film, which focuses on the lower- and middle class and is described as “’consistently, conscientiously shabby … with that anonymous washed out look that only very familiar things acquire’ (Harvey 1987: 114)” (Mizejewski 73) trough shabby places, homemade signs and patched or unfitting clothes. As the servants bring in some food Alexander ordered, Ellie tells them not to do so; the servants take a step back and look terrified of her before her father interferes. …show more content…
Strong, intimidating, loud, knowing what she wants, smoking, and opposing established patriarchal systems by all force, represented in the movie by her father. Over the course of the film, Ellie’s image as the New Woman begins decreasing when she has to be saved multiple times by Peter Warren. Ellie turns out be the opposite of how she is presented in the exposition. She is arrogant, forgetful, helpless, incapable of managing her finances until Peter takes charge of them. She would not have made it as far towards New York if it was not for Peter saving and protecting her. The New Women turns out to be helpless and incapable all by herself. Only trough the help of benevolent men representing benevolent patriarchal systems Ellie is able to follow her dreams and fulfill her desires. Capra’s film presents the New Woman of the 1920s as a simply wrong concept which naively thinks of women as completely independent when in reality women are more than just dependent on men. Ellie’s crying out that she cannot be without Peter is more than just a phrase said when being in love. Ellie could have actually not been on this trip for so long if it was not for Peter. Capra indicates here that everything women had achieved over the previous decades was only because of the benevolent patriarchal system existing. Furthermore, the
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The Film, “One night the moon” by Rachel Perkins and the documentary, “Barbekueria” by Don Featherstone are very similar in the way they portray racism during the early developments of Australia. Through different Camera techniques and imagery both Featherstone and Perkins are able to project the ideals of the White Australian Policy onto a Film/Documentary. The uses of different Camera angles (by both producers) are seen in the film to represent the insignificance of one race compared to the other. “One night the moon” uses different colour patterns and camera techniques to represent innocence and superiority among the
Ellie in the confused and hurt state of mind she is it refuses to take action against her husband. Ellie is a 55-year-old Caucasian lady of Irish descent who loved Carl very much. At this point, she is comforted by his presence even if she knows he leaves to go and visit this other woman. She comes to find that Carl has a tape recorder of him and his mistress. One day, while he is out doing god, knows what with his mistress, she decides she needed to find out who this woman is and what is so special about her.
The shift between patriarchy and matriarchy was prevalent throughout the Great Depression, and was a key theme within Stienbeck’s novel, The Grapes of Wrath. In the early days of the depression it was common for the family to look to the older men, whether it be for life-changing or simple decisions. The hierarchy of the patriarchal system usually left the women and their opinions near or on the bottom of this ladder. This was a vast difference between the two systems and patriarchy left the women dependent on the men, and many lost their independence. However, many families realized that a patriarchal society was not going to ensure their survival until the end of these tough times, and so they turned to their mothers and women of the family.
The film I am analyzing, A League of Their Own, would be categorized as a narrative film about the growth of women’s baseball teams during World War II. It follows the dramatized story of Dottie Hinson’s time in her baseball league and their struggles to make women’s baseball be taken seriously; however, the film focuses more on Dottie’s personal goals and relationships. With the added personal challenge of Dottie’s increasing rivalry with her sibling, Kit, as well as the uncaring attitude of their manager, Jimmy Dugan, Dottie’s tale is filled with tension and emotion that is shaped to draw the audience in. To showcase the drama of the film and to help the audience become attached to the stories of the characters, the movie uses flashbacks, comedy, and interpersonal drama to manufacture the story of our main character, Dottie, more interesting and engaging to the audience. As is easily evident simply by the summary of the movie, A League of Their Own is a nonfiction, narrative film made for entertainment and drama, and uses the time period as the circumstances of the story relevant to the audience.
a. Describe one example of how intersectionality, cisprivilege and cissexism, or criminal archetypes played out in the film. The biggest thing that came out of the film, was showing a lot of the criminal archetypes that were in the film, from “Attack of the Killer Lesbians”, “Attack of the Killer Dykes” (Doroshwalther) and other titles that were given to the ladies, and you see this in the news all the time, even nowadays even with different terms, and it is used to get as many views as they can, and do people deserve to get called something that they are in a harmful manner, no, they do not deserve that abuse. Another thing you do seen in the film is intersectionality, with the headlines again, and almost guaranteed in the court case, it was most likely brought up, were these ladies considered lesbians, dykes, or any other names to better assist whoever was using the term.
German women’s lives changed significantly in the 1930s when the Nazi party came to power. Towards the end of the Weimar Republic, women had become more emancipated and were allowed to work, vote and take office. However, during the Gleichschaltung period, women in Nazi Germany were allocated specific roles within Nazi society. (Evans,2006). These roles were in line with the Nazi ideology that was being driven in Germany at the time: a woman’s place was in the home supporting her husband and providing children.
The 1920s is a time of technological, economical, and social exploration. Myrtle, Daisy, and Jordan display the full image of what it is like to be a women in New York during the 1920s. They each have a personal struggle with society and the fight between what they want and what is expected of them. Each of these women wants to experience the glamor of the 1920s but has to maintain some of the traditional elegance of a woman. If the neglect to do so, they are treated harshly by society.
Only Yesterday by Frederick Lewis Allen was a piece that examined the dynamics of the cultural shift that men and more so women had experienced during the roaring twenties. Women had lived in a world where they had little to no voice for themselves and were pressured into doing the same things that every other woman was doing by society. The new generation was not satisfied with this and set up their own set of rules. Men also became more independent and would scoff at the rules and social codes that their parents and elders had created. We see what the author explains as a revolution in manners and morals led by this new generation of adolescents.
One subject they tend to talk about often is motherhood. Larsen continues her use of character foiling through the contrasting of Irene’s and Clare’s feelings about motherhood to emphasize how their contrasting situations influence their feelings. Clare does not enjoy being a mother. She believes that it is too much pressure, especially because she doesn’t want her daughter’s skin to reveal that she has a black parent. She says, “I nearly died of terror the whole nine months before Margery was born for fear she might be dark.
Despite the movie’s dramatic rendition of real-life events and ideas in regards to women in crime, it gets the point across by using Roxie and Velma’s femininity win the “innocent” verdict. Although it only displayed a one-sided and underdeveloped prohibitionist argument, it was still factual in its portrayal, and the prohibition movement is vital to her case. The final topic, women empowerment, had the most authentic yet subtle portrayal from the symbolism of the puppet in “They Both Reached For the Gun” to the setting if Chicago. Each of the topics can be considered, to some extent, history. Although they’re understated, the themes are still there and contribute a historical side to the film that is important to the plot and
A Streetcar Named Desire Literary Analysis The late 1940’s were characterized by the emergence out of World War II that led to a dependence on the idea of The American Dream, which meant men were working harder to achieve a more comforting lifestyle and opportunity while women were still fighting the oppression of caused by unequal representation. This idealistic dream is illustrated throughout Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire”, which has a rigid dichotomy between illusion and reality revealed throughout multiple characters and their dysfunctional lives that are a direct result between fantasy and actuality. Illusion is taken advantage of as an alternative to the unfair circumstances that the characters in “A Streetcar Named
Black women are treated less than because of their ascribed traits, their gender and race, and are often dehumanized and belittled throughout the movie. They are treated like slaves and are seen as easily disposable. There are several moments throughout the film that show the racial, gender, and class inequalities. These moments also show exploitation and opportunity hoarding. The Help also explains historical context of the inequality that occurred during that time period.
Critical Review for Film: It Happened One Night (1934) Since this week is a very busy week for me, so I decided to choose a film mentioned in this week’s reading that I have never watched before and watch it at home. A lot of the films mentioned in the chapter are great representations for certain film genres, and after reading the brief synopsis about each film, I chose a classic romantic comedy: It Happened One Night. It Happened One Night by Frank Capra is about a spoiled heiress named Ellie Andrews who married a wealthy playboy named King Westley despite her father’s objection.
A constant comparison and contrast between Maggie and Dee is prominent structural feature of the narrative. This structural strategy helps in conceptualizing the plurality of female experience within the same milieu. This strategy encapsulates another dimension of womanism, viz. , womanism refuses to treat black woman as a homogeneous monolith. Unlike feminist position, womanism is sensitive to change with time.