The Social Network - Society's Beliefs And Ideas Essay

1367 WordsNov 7, 20116 Pages
In the biopic The Social Network directed by David Fincher there are various ideas portrayed which challenge society’s common values. These are inclusive of the belief of everlasting friendship, what you see is what you get and perception and social class don’t matter. The film contrasts these general issues and shows the audience that they are not always true through a range of visual, aural, mise en scene and editing techniques. The idea of friendship being forever lasting is heavily challenged through techniques such as composition, dietetic and non-diegetic music and the overall fragmented nature of the film. The first instance of this is shown at the beginning of the film where Mark and Erica’s relationship falls to pieces. The first shot of the scene is the only instance where they are together in the same frame, which portrays that they are on good terms. This does not last long, as over-the-shoulder shots become dominant and they are shown to be visually divided. Compositionally, they are not in the same shot which foreshadows the ending of their friendship. The up-beat diegetic music in the background also signifies that their relationship is rocky and has its highs and lows. The film also shows that even the best of friends may not survive the conflicts and differences between them, and is portrayed through the friendship of Mark and Eduardo. When Mark develops the idea of “facemash”, he is in need of his only friend, Eduardo. The non-diegetic music stops when Eduardo walks into the dorm room, where he shows compassion for Mark’s break-up and shows that he is both serious and considerate. This is also demonstrated through high and low angles where Eduardo is shot from a low angle, making him look superior to Mark who is shot from a high angle, resulting in the idea that he is somewhat weaker. Eduardo sinks down to his level, and this shows the audience

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