Final Project- Movie Poster

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Movie Review

City of God is another one of Meirelles’ awe-inspiring crime thrillers which takes place in a run-down city in Rio de Janeiro. This film offers an illustration of the rivalry between teenage drug industrialists and the gangs in the city.  These young teens becoming involved with such crime see intimidation and murder as the only way to settle issues. City of God takes place through the 1960’s to the 1980’s in the Cidade de Deus housing projects, known as one of the most dangerous favelas existing in Rio de Janeiro. Throughout the movie we see outrageous images, and scenes that are emotional, but make you want to keep watching. The acting in this movie, especially the young children who have little experience, appears amazing and very professional. City of God received four Academy nominations in the year 2004. In 2003 the film was chosen to be Brazil’s runner for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Plot

City of God is a film that takes place around the 1960’s in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This is a inspiring crime thriller. This movie is about how crime influences the poor population of Rio de Janeiro. This story is told through the eyes of Buscape, a poor young man’s son who dreamt of becoming a photographer one day. He narrates this story about the violence and exploitation in the slums of Brazil. The main focus in the movie is Cabeleira, the man who formed the “Tender Trio” gang. He and his friend become crime lords over the course of then next ten years. The Tender Trio goes around the city robbing places. The younger kids of the city watch them, and soon start learning their techniques a bit too well. Lil Ze causes violence in the city, continuously wiping out rival gangs. Buscape’s only escape from this lifestyle is through his pictures.

The Snapper (7)

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The film “The Snapper” is a film which takes place in Ireland. The story line in the film is about a pregnant woman, refusing to reveal the father of her baby. When she decides to keep the child, each member of her family agrees to help and support her through the process. This film shows the importance of family in the culture, as they all help each other out. The color palette of this film is mostly cool, including a lot of red,blue, and green throughout the whole movie. Understanding the film is done mostly through the verbal conversations between the characters, as opposed to the visual pictures, like some of the other films we watched. The movie is quite face-paced, as there is a number of loud and forceful conversations that occur throughout. The film portrays collectivism as we witness family help Sharon out, and make decisions collectively.

Baraka (6)

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Baraka is a very interesting film in terms of cultures.  This film displays a countless number of cultures throughout the entire thing. The entire film is not narrated, which allows viewers to concentrate closely on the different cultural scenes that are being shown. This film shows the cultural aesthetic of many different places, which is helpful in comparing different countries. The producers of this movie do this by including several  landscapes, churches, ruins, religious ceremonies, and cities, and lifestyles. I thought this was a great portrayal of different cultures because it was not transformed by actors, or script in any way.  I was not familiar with a lot of the places that were shown in the movie, however, I did enjoy being able to identify some of them, and identifying the many differences that existed between every place in the movie.

 

Zelary (5)

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Zelary is a movie that takes place in Czech Republic. This movie focuses on one young women experiencing a difficult life. Eliska, the young student is forced into this country into a life with people she doesn’t know, and is expected to learn and function as a wife to an injured man, recovering from an accident. The movie includes mostly neutral colors, with the exception of a few scenes. The imagery in the film can be considered collectivistic, as we can identify a number of situations that include group gatherings. The film showed a number of emotions, especially from the main character, Eliska when she was forced into such a difficult life situation.

 

Lost in Translation (4)

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Lost in Translation is an American film which offers a comparison between the Japan and the United States. In this movie the main character Bob Harris is journeying through Tokyo on a business trip. The film visually offered a lot of evidence to support the major differences between the two countries. The movie shows how different the cultural aesthetic is in Tokyo then in America. Another thing that was noticeable in this film is the amount groups of people that were in it. I thought this was appropriate because of the idea that I had in my head about Japan being such a busy place. These scenes gave the movie a very fast- pace overall. There were a number of different foods introduced throughout the movie which also is important in the cultural makeup of a country. One of the major differences that was illustrated more than one time throughout the movie was the size of Bob Harris compared to a lot of the other people who lived in Japan. This allows outsiders to believe that it is common for Japanese to be smaller than Americans. Hence the title of the movie, “Lost in Translation”, we can notice the major language difference between Japan and the U.S which appears quite difficult to adjust to.

Babette’s Feast (3)

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This is a movie which takes place in Denmark. The movie is based on two elderly Christian sisters named Martine and Phillipa who live in small village in Denmark. Their father is a pastor at a Protestant church. When their father passes away, the movie flashes back to the women’s childhood years. Throughout the film, we can identify a number of components which appear important to their culture and religion. We notice the importance of being together, and sitting together at meals. We also can recognize the importance of God, and the way they connect with one another through this belief. The color palette in this film is very neutral for the most part. The density is low. The attire of the characters in the movie is very simple also. The clothing in the movie is very much a way of illustrating the importance of religion in their culture.

Mr. and Mrs. Lyer (2)

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  1. Mr. and Mrs. Lyer is an Indian movie that we watched to grasp an understanding of the Hindu culture. This movie was helpful in understanding the lifestyle in India. We learned that there are several different languages and religions in India, all of which are a very significant part of their lives. We get an idea of the rituals they practice, they way they dress, and much more from this movie. This movie also gives us an idea of the physical make up of India and what the lifestyle is like. We learn a lot about the importance of specific religion in this movie, and how big of a role it plays in the life of each person in India.