Strictly Ballroom Essay

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In the film ‘Strictly Ballroom” directed by Baz Luhrman, one of the main protagonists, Fran is shown as an interesting character. Visual and verbal techniques help us to develop the interesting character of Fran. Fran is depicted as an interesting character thorough costume, dialogue and cinematography. Fran is portrayed as the ‘ugly duckling’ throughout the duration of the film. This makes her a very interesting character as her ‘princess’ transformation is very gradual and anticipated. The character of Fran in the beginning is always shown cleaning and has the nickname “Frangipannidelasqueegymop”. She is treated similar to Cinderella, having possessed similar traits of being taken for granted and pushed around. The aspect of showing Fran to be a Cinderella character makes the character interesting. In comparison to the other female figures in the film, Fran always wears a natural disguise, having no makeup and ‘average’ clothing. She contrasts well with the other women and this makes her stand out. Being greatly contrasted with other characters in the film makes Fran much more interesting as a person. In the ending sequence Fran is shown revealing a little bit of leg and a Spanish style dress. Her makeup is still kept to a minimum. The effect of this makes Fran much more interesting as she is not an ‘ugly duckling’ who transforms into a swan, yet instead she still changes. Her change does not fit with stereotypical fairytale ending. The costume of Fran is a big contribution towards the development of making her a more interesting protagonist. A major aspect of Fran being portrayed as an interesting character is through dialogue. During the starting the scenes, Fran is shown as being quiet and in the dark until she lashes out at Scott. “You're just like the rest of them! You think you're different, but you're not, because you're just, you're just really

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