Raiders of the Lost Ark Analysis We have all heard of Indiana Jones. He is one of Spielberg’s most renowned characters. Raiders of the Lost Ark is what started the legacy of Indiana Jones. In this analysis of Raiders of the Lost Ark, motifs and parallels and other film elements will be made note of. Parallels are very prominent in this film.
To the majority of the American public, Indian Jones films are the closest they will ever get to even considering what the work of archaeologist looks like. This is too bad because the film represents a very cliché version of archaeological field work that kind of discredits the amount of time that is put into actual archaeological field work. In the film, Dr. Jones is a archaeology professor and a fearless archaeologist who travels the world attempting to protect the hidden artifacts in the world’s oldest archaeological sites. In this film he is searching for the Ark in order to prevent the Nazis from finding it first. Through action packed scenes, a love interest, and fighting evil Nazis, Jones is able to find the Ark and protect it.
Indiana Jones- Raiders of the Lost Ark(1981) The very first Indiana Jones movie of all time, the famous Fantasy and Action movie, stars Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones and Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood. The director Steven Spielberg, initially released the movie on June 12 1981 and the movie hit box office and it became the year’s highest grossing movie. Moreover, the film was nominated with nine awards, including the Best Picture award. Indiana Jones is known to be an adventurer and archaeological professor, who teaches in Marshall College. Indiana Jones is known to collect artefacts for the museum meanwhile, his rival, Belloq, who is a French archaeologist, plans to collect artefacts to sell.
Photography is the key element of mise en scene that determines how an audience will interpret the visual information in film. Orson Welles used the photography of his 1941 film Citizen Kane to emphasize aspects of the film he wanted viewers to focus on, and to remove non-essential information from the frame. This was accomplished through various camera techniques including manipulation of angles and proxemic patterns. Approaching the end of the film, there is a scene just after Susan (played by Dorothy Comingmore) has left her husband, Charles Foster Kane (played by Orson Welles), where he proceeds to trash her bedroom in a fit of anger. As Kane stumbles around the room, sweeping items onto the floor and throwing things into walls, (Welles
Symbols Sleds Two sleds appear in Citizen Kane. Rosebud, the sled Kane loves as a child, appears at the beginning, during one of Kane’s happiest moments, and at the end, being burned with the rest of Kane’s possessions after Kane dies. “Rosebud” is the last word Kane utters, which not only emphasizes how alone Kane is but also suggests Kane’s inability to relate to people on an adult level. Rosebud is the most potent emblem of Kane’s childhood, and the comfort and importance it represents for him are rooted in the fact that it was the last item he touched before being taken from his home. When Kane meets Thatcher, who has come to take him from his mother, Kane uses his sled to resist Thatcher by shoving it into Thatcher’s body.
Daniels has been acting since 1976 and played in a variety of movies and television such as Dumb and Dumber, Fly Away Home, Pleasantville, 101 Dalmatians, and Steve Jobs. Rotten Tomatoes says, “Though he has never achieved the high profile or widespread acclaim of a Robert De Niro, Jeff Daniels ranks as one of Hollywood's most versatile leading men and over his career he has played everything from villains and cads to heroes and romantic leads to tragic figures and lovably goofy idiots, in movies of almost every genre.” (Rotten Tomatoes 1). Daniels has inspired so many people with his work. In conclusion, Daniels has strongly and successfully made his argument that the United States is not all that it is cracked up to be. He used pathos, ethos, and logos to further prove his point.
Which is evident in the movie Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. On the surface this is an action and adventure movie with a fearless hero who will stop at nothing to find treasure and save the one he loves; however, when a deeper look is taken the movie can be seen for what it is, a thrown together concoction that reinforces traditional gender roles. Marion, the only female protagonist in the movie, she is a very bland character who is always in need of rescuing. She has no personality, or anything else that is interesting about her. There are also a few scenes that tried way too hard to ensure that she did something sexual in this movie, that will be discussed later.
The camera movement and shots create the many illusions which make up Citizen Kane. The moving camera creates a sense of omniscience (lecture notes). The way in which the camera moves towards things and the use of cranes and tracks gives the anticipation that the secrets of Kane’s character might be revealed (Bordwell and Thompson, 2003). The way that it can appear to go straight through solid walls and window panes makes the audience feel like they can see everything that is happening from every direction, almost like being in the room with the characters. The use of dissolves and the, whip pans and cuts also enforce the sense of omniscience (lecture notes).
Thompson is a representative of all viewers, since he has no identity, searching along with Kane (in each flashback) for the truth of the magnate’s life. However, one of the themes of the film is the unreliability of memory and the flashbacks are given by the perspective of aged or forgetful characters, which raise doubts on the memories being discussed. They are unreliable narrators whose own opinions and interpretations affect their accuracy. The multiple narration technique succeeds in painting Kane as an enigma, a tortured, complicated man, who in the end, inevitably call upon sympathy rather than contempt because old age in Citizen Kane does not come with grace but with defeat. For example the opening of the film, a series of set-ups all telling something of the literally incredible domain of Charles Foster Kane, which once was magnificent but now is ripe and
Gerald. Gerald is the only character in the film that has a high education and high living standards. Despite all these facts, he is also unemployed as the rest of protagonists. The reason why he can not find a job is his age, he is quite old to start from begging. As Baker and Hassett stated in their article, “older workers are less likely to be laid off than younger workers, however, they are about half as likely to be rehired.” (2012) As it was previously mentioned, Mr. Gerald is the only protagonist that had a high position in the society and that is the main reason why he did not want to tell his wife about losing the job.