Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Representation - American Beauty

Music in the first scene (non diegetic) is repetitive
The voice over is very monotone and sounds bored

Camera work
Camera makes him look distant
Makes him look trapped (in shower, behind window and reflection on computer screen)
In boss's office he is made to look small at first but when he gets angry he is shown larger

Mise en scene
Bedroom is all the same colour
The flower beds outside his house are perfect
He lives in the average American home, white fence etc.
Red, white and blue colour scheme
Office is very plain and dull

Lester is not content with his life
He has poor posture and slouches quite a lot
He lacks confidence
He doesn't get on well with his wife
His family don't respect him

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