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Category: Film Analyses

“The Seventh Seal” — A Truthful Darkness in the Face of Hope

An Analysis of Ingmar Bergman’s film The Seventh Seal Opening Note:  Ingmar Bergman’s “The Seventh Seal” has innumerable meanings to infer, but I have chosen to focus on only a few to represent what I believe to be one of the film’s overall themes. While I choose to include only some scenes and a few characters, I […]

“Notorious” — Obscure Identities

Analysis of Alfred Hitchcock’s film Notorious A recurring theme in Alfred Hitchcock’s film Notorious that I noticed is that of the masking of identities. I found it extremely difficult to understand the true identity of Alicia’s character except through the manner in which she chooses to conceal herself from others. From the beginning of the film, Alicia […]

“D.O.A.” — A Toxic Reality

An Analysis of Rudolph Maté’s film D.O.A. Frank Bigelow’s consumption of a fatal toxin presents an encounter with the realization that he is basically a living dead man (as we all are, in a way). Facing the certain fate that Time carries with it, Frank’s character serves as an exaggeration of our state in life—living with the absurdity of an approaching death. […]

“Act of Violence” — A Selfish Dignity

An Analysis of Fred Zinnemann’s film Act of Violence The mood for the film is set when the opening scene consumes viewers in a dark, wet street with a harsh black and grey aura while Joe Parkson (actor Robert Ryan) eerily limps across, like some sort of non-human figure. The director, Fred Zinnemann, lets light emerge only a few times […]

“Little Caesar” — Rico’s Delusional Superiority As Seen In Our Society

An Analysis of Mervyn LeRoy’s film Little Caesar The film Little Caesar, directed by Mervyn LeRoy, presents an insightful look at issues of insecurity, irresponsibility, and immorality through Edward G. Robinson’s character Rico, a.k.a. “Little Caesar”. Rico’s motives of becoming a ‘famous’ gangster depicts aspects of some of our motives in society (void of gangster-involvement, in […]

“Harold & Maude” — An Affirmation of Natural Life

An Analysis of Hal Ashby’s film Harold & Maude Though there are many things to draw upon in the film, to me I felt that both Harold and Maude were representations of different environments. Maude, in this case, symbolizes not only the natural environment but also true meaning; whereas Harold can be seen to symbolize a societal environment as […]