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Lecture 8

lecture 8

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Majorie Rubright

Lecture 8 Wednesday, October 05, 2011 12:16 PM  As seen in film (Act 1 Scene 1) - Mise en scene ○ "add fuel to your fire" - written in yellow - Denotative meaning ○ The literal meaning - Parallel sound ○ Western/ saloon music  Shows opponents  Connotative of cowboys and Indians ○ Same music as in the opening scene - repetitive "war scene" music - Jump cut ○ Pull into a gas station, missing them pulling in ○ Jumping from person to person during the dual ○ The music changes - Pan ○ Goes from Benvolio to Tybalt - Connotative ○ Religious symbolism  Jewelry  Guns  Sweater  Reminiscent of Holy war - in terms of kinship rather than just religion, but they are connected ○ Fire  Rage, passion - Frame ○ Right before Tybalt comes in - "add fuel to your fire"  Focused on because it foreshadows that he's about to appear - Semiotics ○ Translates the early modern age of the sword by showing the chronology of the sword to the gun and making it the modern day sword - Parallel ○ Swords were a metaphor of a penis and now the gun is  Powerful tool used to display masculine characteristics  Can shoot blanks vs loaded and purposeful ○ Tybalt uses two - similar to the dagger and sword  Uses classic form of classic Italian sword fighting ○ Gang families are parallel to family war  Usually arranged by race/ ethnicity □ Elected kinsmen - Colours ○ Montagues are yellow cars VS Capulets blue car  Primary colours as opposition  Warm VS cool colours - connotative meaning ○ Tybalt takes off his jacket - revealing a bright red to show he's really fired up ○ The background characters and props were in black and white so that they don't distract from this "coloured conflict" ○ Spanish VS whites - races  Capulets look very Hispanic  Capulets look very Hispanic  Montagues look as pale as it gets - blue eyed  Identity conflicts - racial conflict blows up cities - Rodney King issue
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