Firstly, the music which Hitchcock uses is very dark and dramatic, creating an overall creepy and suspenseful mood and atmosphere. This is prominent in many of his films due to the fact that Bernard Herman wrote the music for Psycho, North by Northwest and Vertigo. Turn Slide Also
In its original state, the Green Party, originating in Germany, integrated social movements with politics in the post-World War II era. As Germany was reeling from the actions of the Nazis and the Second World War. The party’s political platform focused not just on environmental issues, but on human rights as well. Focusing on the party’s positions
Henri Regnault’s “Summary Execution in Granada Under the Moorish Kings” is a riveting visual experience on multiple levels. Through calculated artistic choices, Regnault ensures that the painting’s grotesque nature strikes first, shocking the viewer on a primal level. He plays with theatrical scale, angles, and lighting to elevate the drama of this scene in a way that would certainly have appealed to the fantastic imaginations of his audience in 19th century France. But equally as mesmerizing is how Regnault quietly imbues the painting with a sense that its characters are subject to some larger, unseen power. Through the use of line, color, and brushwork, Regnault forces the viewer to suspend judgement of the scene by alluding to the the complexity of what influenced the action.
This lighting style creates a contrast between protagonists and antagonists and is used frequently in Hollywood cinema. Another convention of German Expressionism is a harsh set design. Jagged lines, winding roads, jolting architecture and looming archways are all classic pieces to an expressionist set design. And while the set design of Metropolis was extremely elaborate and still astonishing to this day, it does not truly fit the expressionist style. The city
The shadows that are projected onto a face from a harsh source of light makes the film turn a sinister look adding more depth to film in a black and white world. Sunset Boulevard of course contains the stereotypical harsh lighting of film noir and the aspect of soft lighting in the appropriate times such as during the day and during times where there is little conflict in the movie such as their trip to Paramount Studios. Not only does Sunset Boulevard have undisputed film noir lighting to set the mood, but it also has the bizarre eyes of Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) to accentuate both her mental state and the scene of the film in which it appears, giving a vibe of insanity to the
Film noir movies often have stylistic characteristics such as exaggerated lighting and shadows. Scarlet Street contained many subjective camera shots while also using exaggerated shadows, for example during the first scene in the movie, there is an emphasis on the mans shadow as he walks into the room. Which brings me to a crucial point, Black and white filmmaking. Black and white style is considered to be an essential attribute for a film noir movie, black and white allows the director to emphasize on distorting images, for example use of the venetian blind shot. Another continuous pattern of film noir is to include main stock characters, this film contains: an anti-hero and a femme fatale, these stock characters are always seen in noir films.
All of which play into the unrealistic architecture that takes place throughout the movie. Some of these expressionist style characteristics can be related to other movies such as The cabinet of Dr. Caligari where there are also some very unrealistic scenes with distorted images and slanted chairs in some scenes of the film. However, the main difference between Frankenstein and The cabinet of Dr. Caligari in this particular display of German Expressionism is that in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari most of the scenes display some sort of unrealistic image or slanted art work. In Frankenstein, however the overall idea is unrealistic. For example, the idea of a scientist trying to overcome mortality and go against God’s practices is very unrealistic (Worland
Baz Luhrmann’s films are known their ability to make a watcher feel as if they are part of the show. Between his use of camera angles, shots and the use of a narrator, it’s no wonder he is able to keep viewers on the edge of their seat. But how does Baz Luhrmann pull off this spectacular feat of his? This is probably explained best by referring to Baz Luhrmann’s films and how he himself has evolved as a director. This is best done by comparing two of his films, namely, Romeo and Juliette and The Great Gatsby.