Distortion, doctoring, and the exaggeration of the subject material make realism possible.” (13, Richardson) While the influence of German Expressionism is apparent, filmmakers borrowed heavily from French Poetic realism , as an art movement, emerged from the socio-poltical atmosphere of post-WWI France and gained precedence in the early 1930’s. In poertic-realist films, there is a notable emphasis on what was known as mise-en-scene, translated literally to “put into the scene”. This meant that the importance set-dressing, and lighting were de-emphasized. Poetic realism is supposed to be the recreation of realism, but not inthe same way as documentary film. Therefore, they tend to be studio-bound and stylized.
To reduce the description of the film "Death Note" to one word, it would be ‘disappointing’. This is simply because the film does a mediocre job at grasping the intellectual depth of a story of two ingenious teens from one of the highest rated mangas of all time. Adam Wingard portrays a tragic teenage romance about a cat-and-mouse chase between L, (Lakeith Stanfield) who the investigator and Light (Nat Wolff). Wingard explores the theme of good and evil and the grey area in between as well as justice. It is a film adaptation of the popular manga also known by the same name of “Death Note.” The film follows the story of a bland character, Light Turner.
This creates a scary and chilling feel in the viewer. Burton’s use of low key lighting provides an effective tool to help the audience feel like a part of the film and create many different types of moods/tones such as creepy, and mysterious to the
“A Streetcar Named Desire” is a very elegant film in which the Southern gothic culture is demonstrated profoundly. Tennessee Williams uses the characters in the play to bring about a sense of how corrupt society truly was in the 1940’s in the South. The 1940’s was marked by an immense amount of violence, alcoholism, and poverty. Women at the time were treated as objects rather than people. Throughout the play Tennessee Williams relates the aspects of Southern society to the characters in the play.
Beatlejuice along with other films are mainly gloomy storylines with low key lighting and dark colors but he turns them into enjoyable movies for kids and adults to watch. Tim Burton uses lighting and colors to convey dark, mysterious style like in his films Edward Scissorhands, Corpse Bride, and Beatlejuice. Tim Burton uses colors to show how different people are and how different the situation is in a scene. This occurs in Edward Scissorhands with the people’s outfits and Edwards. Example Edward wears an all-black suit that looks similar to a strait jacket.
Furthermore, Eddie is enlightened with a back lighting increasing his charming. The use of that kind of light with the widescreen emphasizes the isolation of the characters. A low angle puts the audience in an omniscience position to see their reactions, and the beginning of a relationship that leads them to a third moment in front of Sarah´s apartment, in this scene the light is from the front, increasing the range of dark greys and the shadows over the characters. After she has rejected him, the faces are dark with shadows, especially Sarah´s one. Thus, this is the beginning of an ambiguous
Released September 29, 1950, Sunset Boulevard is a film noir of a forgotten silent film star, Norma Desmond, that dreams of a comeback and an unsuccessful screenwriter, Joe Gillis, working together. Ultimately an uncomfortable relationship evolves between Norma and Joe that Joe does not want a part of. Sunset Boulevard starts off with an establishing shot from a high angle shot with a narrative leading to a crime scene shot in long shot (a dead body is found floating in a pool). The narrative throughout the film established a formalist film. Cinematography John F. Seitz used lighting and camera angles in such a way to create a loneliness and hopefulness atmosphere.
“The Skin I Live In” Looking from the film title “The Skin I Live in,” and the film poster which presents a gentleman behind a bald woman looks frightened covered with mask, the first image of this film that I got is a cliché horror-thriller film selling disgusting scenes—cutting the body and showing blood splashing which have in general horror film. However, it does not like my expectation; likewise, it is totally beyond what I have expected. The director Pedro Almodovar can make audiences feel creepy without these things. First of all, I will defend that I am a person who is always attracted by picture; that is why I love the pleasing pictures and composition in this film. Pedro uses blue tone to cover all along the film is not only raising
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, directed by Ang Lee, was one of the most critically acclaimed foreign films at the turn of the millennia. That is not surprising considering that the plot, music, and cinematography is incredible. One of the biggest reoccurring themes in the movie is the thin line between life and death, as well as the constraints that were placed on warriors. Nothing epitomizes these two concepts better than the death scene at the end of the movie in which Mu Bai passes away. At the end of the movie we see a fight scene in a very dark cave.
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