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Film Analysis 2

The film psycho by Alfred Hitchcock showed something unusual and new to the viewers. The film started with showing a working class woman named Marion Crane, she was given money to deposit in the bank from her work, but instead she decides to keep the money to herself and run away with it.  She was very tense, thinking the police might be looking for her or she might get caught so she went to car shop to trade off her car. When she fell asleep in the car by the road and a police officer came by her car to ask if everything was ok and the frustration on her face was increasing and also when she felt that cop was chasing her.  The camera angels in this scene suggest a sense of fear and her trying to escape away from the police. She kept looking in mirror, the camera showed the close view of her and the far view of the police car.  She continues driving and the weather got really bad and she stops by Bates motel to stay over night to rest.

The second character comes in the store Norman the manager for the motel; he helps her bags and signed her in to stay over night.  Norman seems to be a nice person who offers her some food, and tired to comfort her. Norman mentions that his mother also lives with him and he mother was screaming at him for offering food to Marion but he ignores it. He brings the food and thought its better to eat in his cabin. They were having a conversation while she was eating in Norman’s cabin. There was something unusual about that room; the camera focuses on all the stuff in the room, especially all the stuffed birds, it’s a congested room with a lot of stuff and lighting was a little dim. Even though Norman’s character started off one way but from looking at his room and the relationship with his mother didn’t seem normal.

What made me so sure that something is wired about the place and something might happen to Marion when Norman looked through the wall hole hidden behind a picture frame in his cabin. That scene leads the next part of the movie.  The tragic scene of Marion being murdered was unexpected and when she gets stabbed the camera didn’t show the person with the knife. But after she dies Norman walks in, he didn’t seem shocked; he was just normally takes care of the situation and hides all evidence. Even though the viewers already know that he has something to do this murder, when the detective came to investigate Norman was very tense. And the detective wasn’t convinced with his statement and goes inside the house himself to find out and gets killed. The camera only showed button half of the murderer and from that it seems to be a woman and according the plot the viewer thought might be the mother.
The story gets more twisted, Marion’s sister and her boyfriend come to same motel to find out the truth.  When Marion’s sister goes in the house to find out the truth, the way the camera was following her and when she went in Mrs. Bates room the camera focuses on some of the object in the room and the tension was building that something is going to happen to her.  But at the end the truth came out, that Norman killed the two people and the reason behind it.

However the music in the film gave sense of suspense and apprehension. The lighting and the music in this movie also made it more understanding of a person who is mentally disturbed and don’t know what he is doing when be adapt another personality. The technicalities of this film fitted with the plot, the camera angels, dark and the light scenery, and the music created confusion and questions to the viewers.

Early summer

The early summer by Yasujiro Ozu is a Japanese genre film. This movie showed the everyday basic life style. Although the movie was boring and slow, not so much was going except for the family conversation and I felt that the story was too simple nothing interesting was going on to keep the attention. But I liked the way the interior was designed, the house, office and the restaurants, simple and elegant. The camera angels were different and music wasn’t that catchy but over all it wasn’t a bad movie I did enjoy some parts, the kids were funny and some of the conversation between the main character and her friends other than that it was an average movie compare to the other movies we have watched in class. 

Written on the Wind

Written on the Wind is one of the most interesting and dramatic movie I have watched in class. Everything about it was eye catching; especially the colors were so bright and intense and the music that kept the viewers interested thought the movie. I liked the sister’s character the most even though she was childish and arrogant but I felt that because of her character the movie become more interesting and alive. At the same time I hated her when the police caught her with another man in a motel and when she came home she didn’t care about her father’s reputation and she goes to her room and plays really loud music and starts to dance and I blame her for her father’s death. And also she pretty much ruined the relationship between her brother and his wife. But at the end she did realize what she have done wrong. Over all I really enjoyed the movie and the way the story started from the ending scene.

Film Analysis

Umberto D is a movie about real life and emotions, its directed by Vittorio De Sica and the story is mainly focused on three characters. The plot of the story is focused on a retired man struggling with financial difficulties and attempting to take his life after failing to arrange enough money for him to live. Many people in society may face issues such as Umberto trying to survive without enough money and a place to live. Only money he gets is his pension ¬¬and it’s not enough for food and rent. Even though the situations were difficult, Umberto didn’t give up, hoping everything will be fine.  Besides the struggling part, what caught viewers attention is the relationship between Umberto and his dog Flike..

Umberto didn’t have any children or any family member except for his dog Flike, Flike means everything to him and he would do anything for his pet. He could stay without eating but he will make sure that he feeds Flike. Beside his pet, the plot shows the relationship between Umberto and the maid Maria. I felt there was a strong connection between these characters and their situations were similar, of what they were going though in life. With Umberto he knew he does not have a to place to go or to support him and flike and he tries several ways to solve the problem and didn’t want to let go of his room. And with Maria she knows that she is pregnant and she has no place to go, her family wouldn’t allow her back and the landlord wouldn’t let her stay if she finds out about the pregnancy. Both of these characters where trying to figure out what path to take or what they can do to survive in life. They both supported each other but at the same time they had their own worries but it wasn’t shown to everyone.

The entire movie is very emotional every little detail was shown precisely to the viewers. I felt really sorry for Umberto when he was sick and he was trying to get some sleep but the noise kept disturbing him all night. He has worried enough about arranging money to keep his room and at the same time he couldn’t get any rest. The landlord didn’t care about anything else but herself, she just wanted the room to be empty if Umberto can’t pay the rent. Throughout the movie Umberto kept trying, he sold his watch, books and he tired to ask some friends for help but nothing worked out. He even went to the hospital thinking he can stay there for few days but he couldn’t stay here for too long and he couldn’t stay away from Flike. Another scene that was heart wrenching is when he lost Flike, and he was really scared that he lost Flike forever, he got angry at Maria for being careless about flex and she had her own things to worry about. Umberto didn’t care about anything all he knew is that he most find Flike and he went to search for him. The tension was building up everything the camera focused on those dogs that are about to be killed and worry was shown on `umberto’s face. The moment he found Flike after looking around everywhere was the most delight moment.

Over all I enjoyed the film Umberto D. this movie gave the viewer something to learn. Life can be very difficult at some point but something leads us through those difficulties. In this case Flike is the reason that Umberto decided not to commit suicide and continue with his life.

Citizen Kane

This week in class we watched a movie from 1040s called Citizen Kane directed by Orson Welles. I watched this movie for the first time and over all I like the plot of the story. In the beginning of the movie I thought the main character was a cruel person because people were burning this posters and it was all over the news. I like the fact that every character had an interesting role that made the movie alive and something different to expect. I like this one scene where Kane is with his first wife sitting on the dinning table. And the scene goes from one day to another; they both were sat at the same position only the cloths were different. Also thought the sound was interesting and dramatic, it keeps making the viewers wonder what is going to happen next and the sound was suspicious especially in the beginning of the movie when Kane dies.  However I really enjoyed this movie, the characters, cloths different location and mostly the palace because it had some beautiful decoration inside and outside.

M by Fritz Lang

This week in class we watched a film called M directed by Fritz Lang. it’s a 1930s movie with a social message about a mentally ill person committing crimes of kidnapping and killing little children’s.  When he commits this crime he doesn’t realize it but the next day when he hears that news or reads it on the newspaper, and realizes what he has done. This is ironic to the beginning of the movie. The little children’s were playing outside and singing a song at the same time, and that song convey the story line of this movie. Besides the story of this movie the technicalities was also shown in varies. The sound gets louder when it the story gets dramatic, the close and distance view, everything overall, it was a good movie for that time period.

hi

Hi my name is shahana sultana.  I am senior in Queens College hoping to graduate with in one more semester. I am graphic design major and also interested in textile. I am taking this media class for the requirement and also because I love film and I am looking forward to learn more about films and the technicalities.

 

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