Children and Technology Essay

871 WordsFeb 24, 20154 Pages
Melisha Campbell Brandt Reiter Film 100, Section 83310_2149 December 4, 2014 Bob Rafelson’s film Five Easy Pieces (1970) is a character study of Robert Bobby Dupea (Jack Nicholson), a classical pianist —who comes from a family of musicians. Now a blue-collar Texas oilfield worker, who travels to his family home when he discovers that his father is gravely ill after a stroke. Bobby reluctantly drives to the remote island home in Puget Sound with his pregnant girlfriend, Rayette (Karen Black), in tow. In the course of the film, the audience comes to learn that Bobby is not originally from a working-class background; he comes from a well-to-do and artistic middle-class family, and he himself was once a promising concert pianist before he abandoned his career. I think that a sense of no direction, insecurity and chaos is trying to be expressed throughout the film. Viewing the cinematography, mise-en-scene, and sound we see that the director is interested in themes such as religion, or the presence of god, and themes of purpose. These contributing factors helps transmit the ideas that the film maker wants to the audience see. The director uses the cinematography to present themes of god and purpose to the audience. The scene begins with an extreme long shot of Bobby pushing his father in a vast open field. This shot allows the viewers to capture a glimpse of the characters’ surroundings, the blue skies, green grass, trees, and wide open land. They are so small against the background, it's as if they are in the mist of heaven. The bright blue skies gives the sense as if the presence of god is near or he is watching. Almost as if the director is trying to show us a heaven on earth. Cutting to the next shot, the camera goes into a full shot of the two characters. As Bobby kneels before his father, an older grey man, who almost resembles the god we all know. His
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