Monday, October 27, 2014

The Queen Modern vs. Traditional

The modern view vs. the traditional view was a topic that the movie The Queen talked a lot about. Not only did it show it in the acting but also the setting that each of the characters were filmed in because for most of the movie the Queen and the Prime Minister were in different locations. The majority of the locations that the queen were the Royal Palace, in their home in the country with the boys, and outside. All of these locations had very old rustic looks to them. The Royal Palace is pretty self explanatory where there was old furniture, books, and a stereotypical historical palace look to it. The same look was in their home in the country where everything felt like you were looking into a expensive house made 30 years ago. Having the majority of the queen shot there showed that she was traditional even down to the places she lived. When she was out in nature alone was when it was her only time to reflect over her daughter. The scene where her classic green jeep breaks down in the middle of a river was powerful to me because it felt like her “traditional” approach of doing things in the past stopped working and broke down. It was only then when the queen felt like she was allowed to show emotion because she was isolated and alone in this space. This is opposed with many shots of Tony Blair in his modern house and kids running around. His house was usually cluttered with a mess of some sort in frame. Through out the Tonly Blair and the Queen were shot in very different settings which spoke a lot on their character. Watching them speak in-between the two locations was enticing because of how different they were as people 

Monday, October 13, 2014


This feel added this extra feel on how Lars Von Trier views America. I feel like Lars Von Trier portrays the United States as this selfish capitalist country. Most of the town’s actions are very self centered and for the individual as opposed to being selfless. I feel like this clearly was Lars Von Triers view on the US, and through the acting he really gets an extra sense of strangeness. 
The performance and acting in gave the movie an odd aesthetic. Everyone’s performance in the movie felt very odd and minimalistic. Originally the script of Dogville was written in Dutch and then translated into english which gave some of the dialogue a strange feel. This feeling of oddity was given through the performance, camera and the set. I felt that mainly the reason Lars Von Trier wanted this disconnected feeling is so that he could make us focus on her relationship between her and the town. 

Life lessons

Life lessons is about an artist Lionel Dobie who is having issues completing his work. 
On the set of life lessons I think the placement of her room and where Dobie puts his canvas is really important. Prior to Paulette staying with Dobie, he struggles with inspiration and can’t paint. It is only when Paulette gets there he is able to bounce emotions and get inspiration in order to paint. In the scene where Lionel is looking for something to do and plays basketball, the “backboard” is her window. The whole concept of a backboard is something to bounce off of. So when he throws his basketball in the window/backboard it goes to her and she gets irritated. Right after which he goes up and tries to kiss her foot, and gets rejected. With all this built up emotion is only when he is able to paint and make his masterpieces by using this girl.
I also thought that the set described Lionel Dobie. It was a large spacious house apartment but it was covered in paint and dirtied up with odds and ends thrown around. I felt it described Dobie rather well in the sense that Dobie is a bigshot in the Art world but really does not really care about it. The only thing that is clean in the apartment is Paulette's room. Also to show that is all Dobie cares about we only see her room, there are no shots of where Dobie sleeps or does anything for his own well being. Where as we see Paulette relaxing (or trying to relax) in her room, on her bed.