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The movie in sequences 5. This essay performs multiple tasks. On the other hand, this essay will include several central ideas from contemporary texts in narrative theory, like William Simon for example. Comparable to his analysis of the Godfather Part One the purpose here is not to apply a certain model of analysis.
Furthermore the various themes of the movie shall be worked out. These themes will be analyzed in two ways. This approach shall guarantee that a specific narrative structure will be worked out. Secondly general themes which are not applied exclusively in only one chapter shall be developed further.
Finally the role of the viewer will be examined. The viewer takes different positions through the course of the movie.
The audience functions like a reader of the story presented by Frank Capra. Minor American TV stations were using the movie as counter-programming against the usual expensive network specials during the holiday season.
The audience kept growing over the years. Now many families make the movie an established annual event. Some movies, even good ones, should only be seen once. When we know how they turn out, they've surrendered their mystery and appeal. Other movies can be viewed an indefinite number of times. Like great music, they improve with familiarity. In both stories the main character is in despair.
On the one hand there is the unlikable miser, Scrooge and on the other hand the warm-hearted, generous family man and popular friend George Bailey. Both characters share a similar fate and are in despair at Christmas Eve and both movies end happily with both main characters enjoying the gift of life. Interestingly the black and white version of the movie fell out of copyright protection and any television station can play it without any further costs being charged. There is a colorized version on the market which is shown by TV stations preferably.
Critics and fans seem to prefer the familiar black and white version. The hero and main character of the story is George Bailey, played by James Stewart. He is a man who never gets out of his birthplace Bedford Falls. As a young man and already as a boy he is dreaming about adventures abroad. Once he nearly made it but shortly before his departure his father died.
Potter played by Lionel Barrymore is a rival local banker who wants to control whole Bedford Falls. The Baileys support the less wealthy folks of Bedford Falls with appropriate loans so that they can build houses on their own, too. A frantic search for the lost money is started. When George comes home he takes his frustrations out on his family before getting drunk in a local bar during Christmas Eve. After that he drives drunk and crashes his car into a tree.
Then he staggers to the nearby bridge obviously intending to commit suicide. Just before he jumps, Clarence appears, jumps in the river himself and George drags him out of the water.
Later Clarence reveals himself as his guardian angel intending to rescue him. Bitterly George wishes that he had never been born. Clarence fulfills that wish and lets George experience how life would have been if he had not been around. In this alternate reality or parallel universe Bedford Falls is now called Potterville after the evil banker Potter who took the town over. Everything else changed too, but not for the better.
His prayer is answered. The movie premiered on December 20, Some critics complained about the sentimentality of the movie. The movie is definitely not set in an average daily reality. The journalist Crowther Bosley, writing for The New York Times, was impressed with some of the actors, like Stewart and Reed, but concluded that "the weakness of this picture, from this reviewer's point of view, is the sentimentality of it—its illusory concept of life.
Capra's nice people are charming, his small town is a quite beguiling place and his pattern for solving problems is most optimistic and facile. But somehow they all resemble theatrical attitudes rather than average realitiesT  This contrast can be seen especially when George experiences with Clarence a possible life in Bedford Falls without his existence.
Additionally the ongoing pattern for solving problems in general is criticized for being too optimistic and easy. Each sequence is analyzed separately. The content is described, the location mentioned and a start and ending point is fixed in order to get the duration of every scene. Additionally the 38 different scenes are grouped to 7 different themes. In the first 72 seconds the opening titles are shown. This is a happy, relaxed song which will be used again during the party where George and Mary are dancing for the first time.
In scene 2 many characters pray for George who must obviously be in despair. The movie is established with an aerial shot of Bedford Falls. The camera slowly moves through the snow-covered city. The prayers can be heard but no faces are shown. The basic course of the story is anticipated then. Furthermore it is clear that he is good-hearted popular human being otherwise not so many people would pray for him. After that scene 3 shows the universe with its uncountable stars. The biggest and brightest star symbolizes God talking to a smaller star, standing for Joseph.
The introduction in total is just 2min 33 sec but the reader can anticipate the next 93 minutes of the story. Joseph tries to give Clarence an impression about his new charge.
Clarence is frequently asking questions. Add to cart. Index 1. Introduction 2. Significance today 3. Storyline 4. Reception 5. Introduction This essay performs multiple tasks. Reception The movie premiered on December 20, Illustration not visible in this excerpt After that scene 3 shows the universe with its uncountable stars. Illustration not visible in this excerpt [ Sign in to write a comment. Read the ebook. Ciencias Culturales - Otros Comentarios al libro "Las conexi Mathematik - Analysis Analysis.
The movie in sequences 5. This essay performs multiple tasks. On the other hand, this essay will include several central ideas from contemporary texts in narrative theory, like William Simon for example. Comparable to his analysis of the Godfather Part One the purpose here is not to apply a certain model of analysis. Furthermore the various themes of the movie shall be worked out.
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