Thursday, May 8, 2014

Blog #4 - Scene Analysis (Jose C)

For our scene analysis, I decided on a scene from on of my favorite movies, Toshio Matsumoto's Funeral Parade of Roses. It's a largely experimental film, but it follows the story of our troubled protagonist named Eddie in a Oedipus-inspired story involving rival drag queens, drug dealers and the gay Tokyo nightlife. The scene I will be analyzing in particular is a short one in which one of Eddie's friends is singing in a bar, entertaining its patrons.

This shot, like the rest of the movie is shot in black and white and in film, giving it a deep and warm quality common with film. The camera is centered on the queen singing in the foreground, with the rest of the bar (minus its patrons) fading into the shadow background. The camera, seemingly handheld goes for a closeup shot around 18 seconds into the clip as she turns around repeatedly.

The lighting is well-placed, even in this shadowy bar her face almost always seems to be adequately illuminated. And even when it isn't the darker tones add to the light drama of the scene and hint at the darkness to come.

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