Breathless Discussion

One of my favorite things that movies do is when they have characters talk directly to the camera directly. It gives sort of “The Office” feel to it. This is the only part of Breathless¬†where I felt somewhat connected to the movie. So, I do have to hand it to him that this was innovative for the time being have a character speak and “break the fourth wall.” However, Richard Neupert goes on and explains the hectic car chase scene. He explains “In the eight shots that makes up the seventeen-second initial chase, a police whistle sounds as the car crosses the center line; the editing gets more discontinuous with short, jarring takes.” I agree that the scene gets very disorienting watching the car chase. Perhaps, Goddard was trying to showcase how chaotic a car chase ca be and that can be the reason why he used short takes. Then, I personally believe the editing went horribly wrong when the police officer and Michel meet on the dirt road. According to Neupert, “Michel is standing upright now, facing screen right, even though the police officer was last seen to the left.” Perhaps Goddard think that the audience was not going to notice this editing fiasco. To be honest, I did not notice it, however I am not surprised a film teacher and critic jumped on his editing mistake. Neupert analyzes the jump cut and makes note that Goddard focuses on the camera on the revolver gun. Right after the focus on the camera is on the revolver, Michel shoots the gun. I believe the main focus of the entire scene was on that little gun and I do not think Goddard cared how we reacted to the jump cut. I am curious to see what the audience back then when the movie came out thought of his editing techniques and found it as strange as the audience in 2015 does.

Moonrise Kingdom

After viewing Moonrise Kingdom, it makes total sense why Wes Anderson’s films are known as “dollhouses.” Everything about the characters are artificial just like dolls. The characters are two-dimensional with their quick talking banter and mostly monotone voices. It is sort of up to the viewers imagination to make the character their own similar to how we have to give voices and our own behavior to dolls. Also, the houses and physical structures themselves look like dollhouses. Most of the houses were square-shaped and there are no doors on the rooms. Each of the rooms had openings that made it easy to see what was going on in each of the rooms, just like a dollhouse. Also the men and women looked similar to their respective gender with not much creativity or variations to them. However, Sam was the only one that had glasses out of all the boys. It seems that the rest of his Boy Scout troop was the background and he was the main doll. In many scenes throughout the scene, he is wearing a vastly different color than the rest of the troop. In one scene he is wearing plaid while the others are wearing white shirts making the viewer draw its attention to him.

One of the motifs or imagery that is displayed throughout the film is the idea of sight. Susie, uses binoculars to get a clearer picture of what’s going on in her surroundings. She uses it to see Sam from far away when they are meeting up. The binoculars help Susie narrow her environment and line of sight. Sam wears glasses obviously to help his eyesight and it helps make his own life clear.

Another motif or imagery displayed is the lighthouse that was displayed throughout the film. The lighthouse was the sign that a storm was coming every time the town messenger came in to speak and explain to the audience what was going on in the film. Lighthouses are used to help boats find the light and it helped Susie and Sam in the end during their own storm. Also, it’s important to note that the final scene when Bruce Willis’ character and Susie and Sam were on the lighthouse at the end of the movie at the climax of the movie. The lighthouse was used to show the audience that a big scene was coming up and it was used as foreshadowing. At the beginning of the movie, the messenger told the audience that a storm was coming in three days and right behind him was the lighthouse. During the scenes that occurred at night, there was always a flash of light, representing the lighthouse too.

Cold War/North By Northwest

The Cold War was a political and economic battle between America and the USSR from 1947 – 1991. Tensions from World War II was prominent between the two sides. The main political differences between American and the USSR was that America had a capitalism economic system while the USSR had a communist economic system. To Americans, communists and the thought of communism was viewed as evil. It was Blue vs. Red. Blue represented capitalism and red represented communism. Throughout the Cold War era, a lot of movie villains were Russians. The stereotype of the mean Russian villain with a heavy accent was clearly displayed in many movies during the time. See one of the Rocky movies where he fights someone from the Soviet Union. The fear of “Communist Spies” started to increase throughout America, so political figures like McCarthy would publicly accuse celebrities and other politicians for being communists and spies. This was called “The Red Scare.” In the movie North By Borthwest the idea of Eve being a “double agent” was comparative to what was going on at the time during the Cold War. Eve could of represented a Soviet Spy or an American spy depending how you looked at it because Eve was working for the C.I.A. Roger Thornhill represented the cautious American of Eve (the spy) and the people around surrounding. Eve was used a sex symbol for both sides. Marilyn Monroe was (allegedly) used the same way during the Cold War era. Thronhill struggled throughout the movie trying to figure out who to trust and this was representative in the movie.

About Me

Hey, I’m Daniel Stillman. Nice to meet you. This is me:

I paid $3 to take this photo. It is now my LinkedIn profile picture because I heard unemployment isn’t fun.

I’m a Freshman advertising major. So it makes sense to me why I would take a introductory film course. ¬†Some things I do on campus include being in Pi Kappa Phi social fraternity and the American Advertising Federation. My favorite activity on campus is writing for The Black Sheep. It’s a satirical newspaper (ex: The Onion.)¬†I would love for you to read my articles, however I write under a pen name and me telling you my pseudonym would ruin the whole point of writing in the first place. It’s cool writing for a satirical newspaper because I just get to sit back, observe the world, and make fun of it.