Thursday, December 11, 2008

A Woman is a Woman

Every aspect of filmmaking that this movie uses is very effective but on a subliminal level. The most apparent device is music. The entire film is a parody of a musical, but the ironic thing about it is that there is no real musical number. The music is overly dramatic in some spots when it doesn't need to be, and it is constantly in the foreground. This all culminates to the point where it makes the viewer aware of not just music and its effect on the audience but the whole idea of sound combined with sight and what it can make the viewer think or feel. In other words, it makes the viewer very sensitive to the structure and feel of the film. 
 Along with the emphasis on sound is the focus on color. Most of the colors used in the film are bold, stark primary colors that stick out and seem bright and loud. There is also a color scheme of white versus red that is apparent. This makes the viewer really pay attention to the surroundings and the actions of not just the main characters but of everyone and everything on the set. This scenery coupled with the music makes the viewer really pay attention to not just the film but to what is being said and done. The film then becomes more than just a movie - it becomes a stretch of the imagination and thought. It forces the viewer to look, hear and think, as opposed to just viewing.

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