Even though they were produced in two completely different time periods, Blade Runner and Double Indemnity share a substantial amount of similarities. Each film’s use of cinematic elements points towards them following a film noir style of filming. Though Blade Runner’s sci-fi genre does push it towards a more modernized version of film noir, commonly known as neo-noir, it still shares many similarities with Blade Runner. Low key lighting, shadows, smoke, compact spaces, and pathetic fallacy are all classic film noir qualities seen throughout the films. Both films also focus their plots upon the main character's attraction to a “femme fatale”: Rachael in Blade Runner and Phyllis in Double Indemnity. The usage of these qualities and character …show more content…
The lighting is mainly focused upon one or two characters, putting everything around them in shadows. This brings about a claustrophobic atmosphere in the scene, creating a mysterious feeling among the audience. Both films use this technique to “hide” something in the background, like the replicants in blade runner. Moreover, the shadows defined by the key light create a more dramatic environment that promotes the mysterious vibe of the scene. It also serves as a way of displaying a doomed outlook onto the world, one that is filled with deception and lies. This “view” on the world is quite common in film noir, as the style was created around WWII. By creating a depressing mood, the shadows and lighting also allow the audience to sympathize with the main characters - as it does not paint any character as primarily good or evil. Without the use of the chiaroscuro effect, both films would fail to produce the elemental nature of the characters surroundings. The character’s emotions are not only exemplified by the low key lighting, but also by the camera’s angle and proximity to the …show more content…
It is because of the femme fatales, Rachael and Phyllis, that Deckard and Neff are forced to decide upon a question of morality. The plots of both films are fueled by the attraction between the femme fatale and male lead, thus allowing for many difficult decisions to be made. The plot often lead up to an unexpected twist, in which the femme fatale does something shockingly selfless. In Blade Runner this can be seen when Rachael retires a replicant to save Deckard, sparking the relationship between the two. A similar twist is prevalent in Double Indemnity, when Phyllis is unable to kill Neff because she had developed feelings for him. Both scenarios show how attraction influenced the femme fatales to make a difficult moral decision, causing them to commit an act in favor of the male lead. Although the femme fatales play an important role in both movies, Phyllis’ role in Double Indemnity carried much more significance than Rachel's role in Blade Runner. Rachael merely distracted Deckard from his main job, while Phyllis was the cause of the whole plot. Without Rachael, Deckard still would have had the mission to retire the replicants. However, without Phyllis, Neff would have never had the idea of killing a customer off for money, thus the rest of the plot would not
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While some differences between Blade Runner and Frankenstein are evident the similarities are quite clear. In both works the common theme is the hubris of man and how we try to play god and change nature. One of the main differences between these works is the time in which they take place. Frankenstein is the story of Victor Frankenstein who in his youth and arrogance believes he can play god and reanimate the dead. To this end he builds a giant monstrous cadaver of different parts that he recovered from other bodies, he assembles this and uses lightning to try to reanimate it.
After receiving the full experience of reading the novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and watching its film adaptation, Blade Runner, I could depict many differences between the two. One significant difference that I noticed was the practice of Mercerism. Mercerism is the novel’s main religion in which seeks to unite humanity, using the empathy boxes introduced to connect one to the rest of humanity and other living things; usually causing the characters to obtain “real” emotions and experiences of those around them. Though Mercerism was like any other religion, it had various views and was found to be phony. In spite of that, the adaptation of the practice of Mercerism lived on anyway.
Both the famous movie Blade Runner and the even more famous gothic novel Frankenstein are very different and similar at the same time. Blade Runner also isn’t the only film to be heavily influenced by Frankenstein. There are many more out there just like it and just as
As the camera zooms out slowly and we hear crickets chirping, we are introduced to the charming world of “What’s eating Gilbert Grape”. The film that many have come to love, along with its extremely famous actors, was released in 1993 in the United States and directed by Lasse Hallstrom. Endora, Iowa is the home of the Grape family, it’s a small, unchanging town where the main character Gilbert (Johnny Depp) feels trapped and death seems to be the only way out. Gilbert provides for his mother, sisters, and his autistic brother, Arnie (Leonardo Di Caprio). “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” is in many ways an unrealistic and demeaning view of autism.
Lenny Abrahamson’s drama film Room follows Joy and her five-year-old son Jack and their experiences of living in a tiny room with only so much space. Throughout the film, both aspects of low-key lighting and high-key lighting are filmed in various scenes. These lighting styles indicate both the rough and unstable atmosphere of living in just one small room as well as the freedom of escaping the small room and starting a new chapter in their lives. In addition, both lighting styles also play an important role in the film’s plot and set the mood for the plot by either adding suspense or relief. Room narrates the story of Joy and her son Jack’s lives as they are trapped in a very small shelter that they refer to as Room.
Film noir is a cinematic style that began in the early 1940s that focused on the crime and corruption that occurs in everyday life. Film noir was influenced by two major film movements, German Expressionism and French poetic realism (Schrader 8). While German Expressionism influenced lighting techniques, realism affected narrative and cinematography. The Great Depression and World War II shaped film noir’s cynical tone that fate is uncontrollable. A classic example of film noir is the 1945 film Detour, directed by Edgar G. Ulmer.
Thesis: Light is symbolic of realism or to put it cruder the ugly reality. Darkness is symbolic of fantasy or the fabrication created by characters. Introduction: Throughout the play and film adaptation of, A Streetcar Named Desire, we view the main characters progression throughout the thought provoking story.
Tim Burton 's use of this helps show the contrast of the insider and outsider world. When the viewer is watching they get a sense of suspense and start to second guess whether or not they should trust the outsider. In Edward Scissorhands Burton uses a high-key low-key light contrast when Peg is in her car and sees Edward 's house in her side mirror. When the viewers are watching they get a frightened sense and wonder whether or not Edward or whomever is in the house will
The use of background light was an important focus in this picture, there was less attention to lighting the actors faces but in almost every frame there is well placed background light often combined with a moving light source. Repetition was also evident within the visual composition of the frame, the actors were rarely positioned within the center of the frame but always to the left or the right with a light source covering them from behind. Ridley Scott perfectly matches colorful high key light with low key lights creating impeccable contrast, this lighting used could be described as a modern Citizen Kane style. Although this is overall a very dark and low light film, the motif of shadows and darkness allows the beauty of light to truly be
BLOOD SIMPLE’s mise-en-scene starts off with the lighting of the car ride, it is dark, the characters’ are draped in shadows, the outside world is a blur, and the mood is being set for the follow on scenes. BLOOD SIMPLE’s opening composition also establishes a central theme for the audience that this movie will be gloomy, have immoral implications and be filled with betrayal. The lighting in the movie is constant throughout with heavy shadows, low backlighting, which is until the last scene where the light brightens as the action falls. Key props were found throughout the film, however one of the major props was Abby’s hand gun.
The film Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring makes use of low key and high key lighting. The low key lighting is seen when Gollum is first introduced in an ominous dark blue lighting that creates suspense and suggests an air of mystery. Further on the unnatural chiaroscuro is created when the Nazgul on his horse stands on a cliff with a lit up background surrounded by a dark forest. This makes the Nazgul seem more mysterious and threatening to the audience.
Lighting is used rather traditionally for the majority of the movie and helps to distinguish the “good” from the “bad”. For instance, the original Maria is shown in soft-key, angelic lighting that casts a halo around her to emphasize her purity and beauty. The fake Maria, on the other hand, is shot in harsh lighting that creates a dark, unsettling vignette around her. This lighting style creates a contrast between protagonists and antagonists and is used frequently in Hollywood cinema.
The use of contrast and the play with light and darkness is fascinating. It has a great psychological effect on the audience. The Don Corleone’s office is submerged in darkness and the characters in the scene come in and out of the light, thereby directing the focus onto them. A very large part of the film is shot in low key lighting, to emphasize on the theme of the film which is essentially, the life story of the Mob in