The 400 Blows is a French cinema, released in 1959, which defines the new wave cinema movement. The movie is a recreation of Truffaut's own early childhood. It follows a 12-year-old boy named Doinel and shows his relationship with his distant mother and stepfather. The film also focuseson opressive teachers during his childhood. You can see Doinel having trouble in school and getting more harmed by the court which was supposed to help him. As Doinel is drowning deep into petty crime, you can see adults around him using Doinel to benefit them which is directing him into crime world slowly. The beginning of the cinemaa fades in on a traveling shot down a Parisian street where you can see the Eiffel tower back in the distance from over a few rooftops which attracts the viewers' attention. In one of the shots which focuses on one of the mistakes by Antoine Doinel where he lights a candle which later creates a fire is the happiest shot in the film. This is because his parents forgive himand go out to the movies as a family and walk back home being happy. The film has several traveling shots, in one of the traveling shots the camera is moved around the Eiffel tower in a circular motion. One of the most Famous shot was captured by zooming in to a freeze frame which showed Doinel looking directly into the camera after he had run away from the detention house towards the beach. Watching the film, it looked like he had seen the sea for the first time in his life. At The beach scene, the camera focuses at the land and the water which symbolizes past and the future.
Director Vittorio De Sica filmed Bicycle Thieves in 1948 where he uses Italian neorealism throughtout the film. Viewers can observe that Bicycle Thieves is a simple but powerful movie about a common man who needs to get a job to support his family. The cinema introduces the viewers with two thieves, one at the beginning and another one at the end of the cinema. This cinema is filled with symbols which helps to understand the movie and goes well with the story line. You can see the main character Antonio with a bicycle at the beginning of the cinema, which represented his wealth and main source of income. As soon as the bicycle gets stolen the viewers can understaand the importance of that bicycle in Antonio's life and how it affected his source of income. Viewers can also notice Antonio's cap throughout the film, which represented his pride and dignity. When he gets employed he asks his wife Maria to tighten the strap on his cap because that cap represents his social status. Also, when Antonio gets caught stealing, the bike owner slaps his cap off which symbolizes his pride and dignity being fallen down. At the end of the cinema viewers can observe structural repetition when Antonio runs towards the tunnel but the repetition can be seen only when Antonio visits the "holy one". Bicycle Thieves exposes the audience to the lifestyle of poor and working-class individuals of Italy during the 20th century. People might consider neorealism cinema as a new form of cinema but because of its honesty, and exposure of ordinary people's daily life, audience can acknowledge it has roots in realism.
Hong Kong romantic film In the Mood for Love is directed by Wong kar-wai. The film is about a man and a women, who both have spouses and are cheating. Chow Mo-wan and Su Li-zhen are drawn closer together because of their cheating spouses and later on fall in love with one another. In the cinema Chow and Su start spending more time together and started acting out about what their spouses might be doing at that moment. Later on, Chow hires Su to write about martial arts for the local newspaper. The neighbor started to be specious about Chow and Su since they started to spend more time together at each other apartments. Chow moves to Singapore for a job and Su doesn't come with him. When Chow visits the old apartment, he was told by a lady that a women and her son now live in Su's old apartment. The director focuses on color and picture symbolization in this cinema. For example, when Su visits Singapore to see Chow, she sees a red lipstick mark on a cigarette butt outside Chow's apartment. The red lipstick mark on a cigarette butt symbolizes that Chow has fallen in love with another women and moved on from her old love Su. The director also focuses on the hallway shots in the film, which symbolizes hope and represents a friendly environment. When chow comes back to visit Su and realizes she has a son and moved on as well, this scene tells the audience that Chow's Singapore love wasn't successful and he was a single man at the end.
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