Brick Lane and Apocalypse Now
Brick lane and Apocalypse Now, both show culture. The word culture means, the customs and traditions of a group of people. This essay will describe the similarities and differences between the two film trailers. The areas that will be described are camera angle, lighting, script, sound and mise en scene. And then, to explore whether the cultures are presented in a positive or negative way.
In Brick Lane the camera angles are mainly close up’s of their faces, and then the camera turns to follow her as she is running up the street. The effect of close up shots is so that you can see the emotion and expression in the characters faces. In Apocalypse Now the camera angles are close ups, bird eye views and extreme close ups of their faces. The effect of this is that it emphasizes the size and destruction of the matter.
The lighting in Brick Lane starts of very light, in mid-day, then it moves to a different scene and it gets lighter. This effects the audience as it shows how things go from good to bad. The only lighting in Apocalypse Now is very dark. The only light is coming from the water; these are from explosions, and flares. The effect of this is that the audience are shown how the Americans are very aggressive to the Vietnamese.
In Brick Lane the script is very loud, they have a family discussion about moving away, and then they have an argument. This effects the audience by showing how moving away from your home country can be very stressing and lead to arguments. The script in Apocalypse Now is very calm to start with then it gets louder, you can hear screaming in the background, and loads of soldiers shouting commands. This effect shows the audience that the film focuses on war and the chaos that is going on around them.
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The sound in Brick Lane is mainly non diegetic; the only diegetic sound you hear is the talking in the background and doors closing. This effects the audience by showing what is around them and what’s different between the two places. Apocalypse Now is mainly diegetic sounds of explosions, speech, gunfire and helicopters flying over. This gives the effect that the war is very loud and messy. In Brick Lane the diegetic sound was only people talking and doors closing. This gives the effect by showing what is around and how quiet India is and how loud London is. Apocalypse Now’s non diegetic sounds are the narrator and music, this gives a sense of doom type feeling and mainly an American film because all American rolls with an American voice over.
In Brick Lane the mise en scene (the scene) starts in India. Then it moves to the streets of London, where there is loads of traffic and people everywhere. This effects the audience because it shows how different India and London are. In Apocalypse Now the mise en scene is dark, smokey, and scary with loads of big explosions. There is a lot of fighting and war going on in the middle of Vietnam. The culture is shown by how the Americans are towards the Vietnamese. It gives a negative effect towards America.
In conclusion of events these films seem very different apart from the fact they both show negative representation. Brick Lane shows negative representation because they don’t think of each other when they have to move to London. Apocalypse Now shows negative representation because of the war that they are having, also the amount of destruction the war causes.