“Singing in the Rain, ” is a love song that many have associated with the images of Gene Kelly splashing around in puddles and dancing gleefully in the street after sharing an innocent kiss with his character’s love interest, Kathy. It is one that evokes a happy, cheerful and even warm feeling from the audience. This is an image that is greatly distorted, in the infamous “Singing in the Rain” scene from the Stanley Kubrick film entitled, A Clockwork Orange. Kubrick greatly relies on the song selection and the tension it creates within the audience member in order to elicit the response he desires from this very violent and disturbing scene. In this analytical essay, it is my intention to point out the ways in which Kubrick utilizes an unapologetically …show more content…
However, none quite compares to Alex’s eerie rendition of the jubilant tune “Singing in the Rain.” From the moment Alex and his “Droogs” begin their attack on this innocent couple, there are parallels to the “Singing in the Rain” film itself. Alex’s movements, for instance, are very graceful and have the feeling of a well-choreographed musical. While perhaps it may be first interpreted as a “nod” to the classical 1952 film, it even more so adds to the depth of Alex’s sociopathic tendencies. His well-choreographed movements imply that he is well rehearsed in his actions and has most definitely performed this horrific act before. Additionally, Alex carries a cane in the beginning on the attack, this greatly parallels the closed umbrella that Gene Kelly’s character uses as he sings the same song. These parallels act as visual references and when paired with Alex’s singing, bring to mind the innocence of the “Singing in the Rain” musical. This is seems to be Kubrick’s deliberate reminder of the innocence that is being lost in this scene. Though the actual rape is never captured, this scene leaves the audience feeling no less violated and disturbed. Kubrick’s song choice here was a great contributing factor to the evocation of that emotional …show more content…
Certain songs trigger certain memories, much like the way that certain smells also trigger memories. Music has the ability to move us, unite us and empower us. It also has the ability to make us uncomfortable, particularly when it is play in the right circumstance. This is very much so the case in this “Singing the Rain” scene of A Clockwork Orange. Kubrick was greatly aware of music’s ability to stimulate our emotions, while also creating the tension between what we see and what we hear. This is one of the many complexities of Kubrick films that I have come to appreciate, whether the movie is one that I enjoy or not. There is no doubt in my mind that the song selection in this scene was no less intentional than his decisions for bright lighting, a white interior of the home, outfit selection, camera angles, lens selection and the use of jump cuts or panning. Like any Kubrick film, or any well made film really, it’s never one aspect of the film that makes it a “good” film, but rather it is the conglomerate of them all that makes the director’s vision a success. Though A Clockwork Orange is far too violent of a film for my personal taste, it is an absolute true representation of Stanley Kubrick’s vision and one that I can
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Genre is a label that categorizes a film to the audience, but not to assess the artwork. It can be defined as a hint or trigger that makes the viewers willing to purchase the tickets and to spend their leisure time watching it. Sometimes movies contain more than one genres which is hard to be identified. Nonetheless, Singing in the Rain and La La Land, the two well-known musical films had created great impacts in the musical movie industry. Both films use “singing” to create love stories along with the plots and cinematographies by making the female character the famous movie star at the end.
This movie promotes a greater understanding, acceptance, and sympathy of the Lakota culture. The music helped portray both sides in this movie. In the begging of the movie, there is the scene when Timmons is killed by the Indians. When the Indians appear, we hear sharp, loud, screechy strings. This motif occurs later on in the movie when Stands With Fists start to visualize on her childhood the Pawnee Indians came and killed her family and took her away with them.
The intensity of the loud music and the quick, high and low angle shots emphasize on how frightened Carl and his alliances feel. The quick, high and low angle shots makes us have empathy for Carl and his alliances. Considering the composers' use of angle shots, music and lighting it can be concluded that the filmmakers are creating empathy in us for Russel, Kevin, Carl and his
Many of us have seen the movies The Great Gatsby and Chicago. Both movies are really entertaining, are excellent adaptations of previous productions, and they both provide superlative acting and drama, but when it comes to the value of both movies, Chicago takes the cake. Criterion #1: The use of music helps illustrate the time period and the mood, which makes these movies more impactful.
The music tends to play his emotions on the screen rather than against them. This is most evidenced by the music that plays after Gilbert, Arnie and Becky come back from the grocery store in the rain. Becky’s grandmother was able to get the truck started, meaning that Becky would have to leave, as the only reason Becky was even in town was because of their truck breaking down. Realizing this, Gilbert becomes immediately upset and hugs Becky, as to begin to say goodbye to her. The music still consists of the piano and guitar, but it played at a rather slow tempo and in a different key that causes the music to be more emotional, as to fit in with Gilbert’s feelings.
In this scene, lighting is used where a shot reflects on eves face to the farmer in the car on the farm showing how far they are. The scene continues where the lighting used appears too bright and somehow blinding to show the time of day the scene is taking place and the emptiness of the field and the only part left out is Thornhill thus focus is drawn to him and this launches the audience into the attack where the lighting makes it easy to know that he is alone in the barren land which makes him vulnerable and the scene captivating. The editing is utilized in the film where quick and intense scenes are made to be real fast in pace which creates suspense. Sound is also used where the music in the background moves in sync with scenes of suspense where it turns loud and fast making the audience aware of the impending danger (Pernoud, 2015).
The song I chose today was “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons, and it relates to the book, When the Emperor was Divine. The song illustrates the situation of the Japanese Americans during World War II perfectly by showing us the dire actions we took. In the song, people were “checking on to the prison bus,” which reminded me of the Japanese being sent on the trains to the internment camps. Also, the lyrics say that they wake up to “sweat and dust,” just as the little brother described about camps. The words he wrote in dust the night before would be blown away by the new dust penetrating the walls.
In the movie, there are many musical moments, the most famous to come out of this film was, “Singin’ in the Rain”. In that scene, Gene Kelly is singing in what is considered his musical space. Kelly starts off the song on the sidewalk, and as the song goes on people are staring at him as he is singing. For many musicals, the character can be in their musical space, but that musical space does not interfere with the rest of what is going on in the narrative.
Actually it rarely stops. So once the film reached the central concept of rape, the music began to change to reflect the mood. When you think about rape, melancholy, dark, and intimidating thoughts begin to form and the music serves to increase that sense of feeling. The song “Til It Happens To You.” sung by the well know artist Lady Gaga, was a key song played in the film that had a significant effect. Many times throughout the film, facts were displayed which really allowed the strength of the music to be heard because it had no voice overs or any other distractions besides the words that appeared.
In the mockumentary A Mighty Wind, the director uses many aesthetics of a real documentary to highlight and satirize real documentaries, but still making it feel like a serious documentary. They attempt to create a realistic film that portrays the elements of an actual documentary while still making it entertaining and capable of providing a hidden truth behind the satirizing. The director attempts to show the nostalgic effect music has on people and how those emotions are important to the audience. They also try to show the impact certain people or groups can have on a society while still making a film that has comedic and dramatic elements to it. One aesthetic that is incorporated throughout the film is the use the on-camera interview
In the beginning there was creepy music that turned into a train on tracks, this makes the audience feel scared and tense in the beginning. Except sometimes when the movie got more intense like the time Curley was going to kill Lennie the music gets loud and dramatic, that impacts the audience because they become intrigued about what is going to happen from the noisy, intense background. Another dramatic music scene was when Lennie was fighting Curley. There was loud music that had a dramatic feel. Every time the movie would bring up their “dream” which their American Dream the music would get soft and a happy melody.
In the beginning of the movie they used suspenseful music and imagery to keep the viewer more interested and make the viewer want to know what the “Secret” is and this is part of the logical chain of reasoning known as Pathos. Pathos is
Sound Created drama for this picture. For example, when the kids where singing at the beginning of the movie, this created a spooky aroma. The angelic kids are playing like kind, gentle little ones but are singing a very awful song of the adolescent murderer. Just seeing these sweet progenies sing a scary song like that brings chills down your spin. This is a perfect example of the old children song Ring a Ring o