Mighty Aphrodite Film Analysis

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A non-attentive spectator watching the movie directed by Woody Allen (in 1995) may think it can be reduced to a simple comic narrative with curious solutions for detected problems. But different from this perspective, it is known that Woody Allen works with singular details in his plot, allowing the attentive spectator to analyze its real meaning, exposed through a comic and ironic chosen tone. Therefore, in Mighty Aphrodite each single cinematographic element cares a singular metaphor (scenarios, narrator, music, characters and their actions). Focusing mainly on the last two elements mentioned and trying to relate their meaning with Adorno’s critic of astrology columns, this short analyses aims to construct its reflections. Taking into account the considerations above, the first music chose by the director can be observed: Neo Minore by Vassilis Tsitsanis – a Greek composer who early discovered his talents for music . As a matter of fact, the spectator might have many reflections about this choice of composer and one of them could be: Do people have a destiny already established of a great future (musician, in this case)? Well, the spectator may…show more content…
Although, maintaining the comparison with the Greek tragedy, it is possible to notice that in Oedipus the own son tries to change the “course of his future”; at the same time, in the movie the adoptive father is the one who tries to change his own son’s destiny, affecting his own future. Even though Allen proposes this inversion of positions, both Oedipus and Leonard meet their destinies (in a completely different manners). On the other hand, spectators observe tragedies occur with great man indeed, but the comic tone is predominant in the plot, as mentioned previously. So Lenny is not a hero but a common person as it will be further analyzed in this short

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