30th August 2017

3.9 scene analysis

  • Outline what is happening in the scene- give context.
  • Who, what, when, where, why
  • In this scene…
  • Select a series of film techniques that the director purposefully uses and explain the effect of these.
  • The director uses…
  • Relate your analysis to the directors style

In the visual text “The Lady” directed by Luc Besson set in Rangoon 1947 and 1988. Luc Besson incorporates film techniques into his style (cinema du look) to help the viewer understand the extremities of Burma.

The first scene i will be analysing in the visual text is the assassination of General Aung San, the reason why I have chosen this scene is because it gives the viewer a good grasp on how the military abuse their power and how passionate they are towards having a communist country. Aung San Suu Kyi’s father is assassinated by military rebels who are under General U Saws control. General Aung San was chosen by the British government to lead Burma through searching for independence in need of a democratic system. However in 1938 the creation of the patriot party who was led by General U Saw who helped put a stop to General Aung Sans plans by conspiring the assassination of Aung San. General U Saw along with his cabinet members of the group assassinated and shot Aung San and his members of his party at a close range in the Secretariat Building, Rangoon, Burma in hopes of destroying communism at the same time.

Luc Besson the director of “The lady” uses a large amount of film techniques throughout this particular scene to emphasis the auteur style and also show the cinema du look that he is well known for. An important symbol in this scene would be the red scarf that shows their support for communism, the colour red is relevant to communism as it was chosen to represent the blood of the workers who died fighting against capitalism for the good of the people, the red flag of communism goes back to as far as the 18th century and the revolutions of 1848.The Anti-Fascist People’s Freedom League are the first communist group to me shown representing the colour red, as they wrap the red triangular scarves around their necks as the camera shows them at mid shot as the communist party approaches Aung San and his council with the attentions of killing of them along with democracy, this is a prime example of Communist acts and shows that communism exits in Burma and how willing General U Saw is willing to go to protect the country from Democracy coming into control. The start of this scene begins with the use of props such as military uniform and military tanks this shows the viewer how serious they are about their military and how much power they have over the people. The film technique of non diegetic sounds comes into play as it builds up anticipation and un easiness for the viewer, one of the reasons why Luc Besson is famous for his cinema du techniques is because he will have no dialogue which supports… (add more) slow motion is used when General U Saw and his party break through the doors of Aung Sans meeting with his council in support of Democracy for the people, as they begin toast to their celebration of democracy they don’t get to drink out of the cups as it would be their last celebration, slow motion is an important film technique to this scene as it gives the viewer time to witness the expression of Aung San and his peoples faces, as slow motion of the militaries guns point towards democracy, giving a strong idea of how they feel about Democracy. Camera angle gives an extreme closeup on Aung Sans facial expressions as he looks death in the eyes as the gun is held at close range, Aung San closes his eyes as the non diegetic sounds of the pan flute which symbolises a calmness and gives the viewer an idea about his beliefs as not once does he show violence as his religion is Buddhism… (add more) abruptly stop and switches to reality as Aung San and his council are graphically killed along with the hopes of democracy. A birds eye view is shown so the whole room is on display, the images are very graphic as blood splattered on the floor, this could be a symbol to the power of communism and the death of democracy. The death of democracy is an example of how General U Saw and his military is willing to go the extra mile to “protect the people” and how they believe it was necessary to shed the blood of democracy in order to protect communism and help protect the good of the people.

Red banner stands for national league for democracy, in the rangoon. Close up shot of her face on a painting, she is seen as a leader of the people not leader of an government. Military of Communism puts a stop to “public meeting” by manipulating their power, and giving orders because they wear the red scarf as they rip off the banner supporting democracy basically destroying the idea of having a democratic government, as they push people around. A close up of a guy in the military showing no expression is soon shown for the audience, long shot of her walking through village being greeted by her people with clapping, the light is very bright yellow and clothing is relaxed, as she acknowledges them all. The military soon lineup after being commanded to be “all in line” with guns facing her and her people creating a barrier so they cannot get past, all in uniform. A standoff between communism and democracy. The commander quotes “prepare to fire”as they point all five of their guns towards her, camera shot being wide angle, but she remains calm and fearless. “just ignore them we will continue in a calm and orderly fashion” she tells her people. The camera shot is soon shown from the people’s point of view, focussing on the flowers in her hair giving her significance, as the commander yells “turn back! That’s an order!” yet she remains how she told her people to be sticking to her word, giving her a sense of stubbornness when she doesn’t turn back. Montage of different scenes of different people telling the story, her slowly becoming a legend, people on street reenacting gun to her head. Her father was a martyr but now she is a legend because she is still alive, “stop right there or we will shoot!” when she comes face to face with what killed her very own father she seems fearless and continues to smile, the non diegetic sounds is a pan flute and drums, traditional music as the diegetic sounds of the commander yelling fades out as if she can’t hear anything he’s saying and refusing to listen. A close up of her closing her eyes like her father did when he was assassinated shows her relation to her family. The general who is in control of the standoff commands for the military of communism to pull out, when he realises Aung San Suu Kyi is not backing down this shows dysfunctional leadership, they doubt their power, they’re afraid of her. When Aung San Suu Kyi and her people realise they’ve won the standoff this is a turning point in the visual text as her father wasn’t able to have this feeling of power, her father worked with international authorities and resisted military rules which shows courage which carried through to Aung San Suu Kyi however unlike her, General Aung San died. Aung San Suu Kyi is now writing a new era, she will be able to fulfill things that her father started and wished for but wasn’t able to finish. The moment of realization that Aung San Suu Kyi is yet still alive brings hope to herself and her people of democracy, the scene becomes lighter as if she holds the light of hope for her people and her father, this is an example of Luc Besson’s auteur style as it shows Aung San Suu Kyi being the new symbol of courage, hope, non violence for her country. Aung San Suu Kyi’s morals show through in this scene as she has no weapons on her and refuses to act violently whereas the communist military only has power through weapons and their abuse of power.

In the visual text “The lady” directed by Luc Besson set in Rangoon, Burma in 1947 and 1988

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  1. Kiera, the specific techniques that you have chosen to discuss are good and you have responded to why you think the director has chosen the combination of these techniques. You could discuss some of these intentions from the director, in more depth. I.e. You don’t discuss the cinema du look in great detail but there are opportunities for this. Also, you should read through your writing to add sentence and paragraph breaks (where you shift focus). Reading through your writing out loud would help you to find any additional words or punctuation needed. You will need to work efficiently to get your second scene analysis finished by tomorrow.

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