All posts tagged: scene analysis

Scene Analysis: Subversion of Gender Roles in “The Double Life of Veronique”

Krzysztof Kieslowski’s The Double Life of Veronique is remarkably unique in the way that it flips the power balance between men and women. This is most notable in the marionette scene. About half an hour into the film Veronique and her students watch a puppet show about a ballerina who breaks her leg the first time she performs. This scene is the first time Veronique sees Alexandre, the puppeteer and children’s book author. Though this sequence is only about three minutes long, the comprising shots reveal quite a bit about male and female roles in the film. By utilizing contrasting closeups and medium shots, Kieslowski reverses the typical roles of men and women in film. In Laura Mulvey’s, “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” she introduces the concept of the male gaze. This idea suggests that women in film are typically shot in such a way that the males in the film as well as the audience can derive pleasure from looking at them. She argues that narrative cinema is shaped by an inequality between genders …

Kelsie Schueneman is currently a junior at Oakland University from Milford, Michigan. Kelsie is majoring in Cinema Studies and minoring in Creative Writing. She is an editor of Screen Culture. Kelsie is passionate about female representation in film. This essay was written for Prof. Brendan Kredell's "Methods of Cinema Studies" course.

Hitchcock: Depicting Homosexuality in “Rope”

  Shot Shot Description 00:00 Screenshot         1a CU       Opening image. Philip strangles David with a rope while Brandon holds David.         2:49                      1b MS       Brandon checks for David’s heartbeat to make sure he’s dead. Shocked Philip watches.         3:00           1c MS       Brandon commands Philip to open the trunk. They place David’s body inside.         3:09         1d MS       Brandon and Philip close the trunk. They both breath heavily for a few moments.         3:21           1e MS       Brandon turns on the light. Philip tells him not to, that he wants to “stay this way for awhile.”         3:38           1f MS       Brandon lights a cigarette and blows a cloud of smoke.         4:07   …

Troy Walker is a graduating senior at Oakland University with a major in Creative Writing and a minor in Cinema Studies. Troy is currently working hard on his first feature-length screenplay and hopes to get it financed and produced soon. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in both the book publishing and filmmaking industries, as well as write his first novel. He is also the proud father of two adorable cats who (when they're not taking long naps) like to watch movies with him.