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“Mother India”

Filed under: Uncategorized — irene wen at 2:07 am on Friday, December 10, 2010

this movie showed the poverty and hardship in that time period..

Durga was just a young girl who wanted to be a normal young girl but couldn’t be just normal because her family was poor. That made things hard on her. She had no choice but to eat rice everyday. She would go into her aunt’s garden and steal fruits to give to her grandma and sometimes for herself. Then her aunt would catch her “stealing” from her garden so she blames her mother for not teaching her child and the idea of “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” type of thing. The aunt looks down on Durga’s family because they are poor and always criticizes the Durga’s mother.

Also, Durga’s grandmother looks like shes 100 years old and lives with her and the mother is always so mean to her. i felt bad when the mother was mean to her because she is so old already, why would she treat her so poorly? i would never want anyone to treat my grandmother like that. The scene where Durga’s aunt came to Durga’s house to tell Durga’s mother that Durga stole her daughter’s bracelet, the grandma tried to see what was going on and Durga’s mother pushed her away. That was so mean. Why would anyone push someone that was about 100 years old????

Durga’s mother was just not a nice person, in my opinion. She would always yell at Durga, have Durga do most of the chores and boss her around. I felt bad for Durga because she is the girl of the family and had to do everything and her brother didn’t. I can relate to that because growing up, my mother favored my brother and made me do everything and treated me poorly. She treated and still treats my brother like a king and treats me like i’m not good enough. Nothing i ever did was good enough, just like Durga.

Durga and her brother always wanted their father to bring them to see and listen to the train. But since their father was either too busy or not around to take them, they took it upon themselves to get there and experience it. They went more than once. One day, they went and when they were heading home, it started pouring rain so the hid under the tree to shield themselves from the rain. Durga tried to keep her brother warm and then got sick. She wasn’t getting any better as the days went by. Eventually, she died. I felt awful when that happened. But it showed Durga’s mother emotional side. When Durga was sick, her mother was always by her side trying to nurse her back to health but nothing worked. But at least she spent her last moments with her.

This movie made me very emotional. It was very sad to see what Durga had to endure during her short life….

Film Analysis – “Umberto D”

Filed under: Uncategorized — irene wen at 12:53 am on Friday, October 22, 2010

The movie I chose to analyze is “Umberto D”, directed by Vittorio de Sica in 1952. In 1957, this movie was nominated for the best writing, motion picture story and again in 1952, nominated for the grand prix. Also, in 2005, Umberto D was listed in Time Magazine’s 100 all time movies. This movie was a great part of film history in my opinion.

This was a black and white film that seemed like it was very depressing and lonely. It seemed like it was during a poverty or the great depression era because there were barely any people in the streets. Also it seemed like it was during a war or in between a war. The weather seemed cold and cloudy most of the time. The music made the mood very lonely as well. I noticed that the music was very soft to set the lonely mood. The violin was used a lot to create a soft, slow and depressing ambiance throughout the whole movie. The mood was exactly how the movie played out and I guess that how the director wanted it to be. Through this whole movie, Umberto is a retired lonely older man who lives in a little room in someone’s house. He had no family and no friends. His only friends were his dog Flake and the maid of that house he lives in, Maria. Those were his best friends. Other than that, he had no one else. Hence, the sad lonely music through out the movie.

This movie was shot so beautifully with a lot of nice close ups, shot reverse shots, and many nice long shots, which was my favorite to watch. During the first scene, it showed a whole crowd shouting and screaming for their pension and you can see that that was shot by a crane movement. I know that because it was shot from above so we see the whole crowd and get the feel to that scene. The scene where Umberto takes Flake to the park to try to give him away to the little girl he knew, you see the trees, the kids playing with each other and the beautiful landscape. That whole scene was a extreme long shot. You see the whole setting which establishes the shot. There were some good medium shots too that showed Umberto’s body language. The scene where Umberto walked by the pillars, there were a few medium shots. It showed us his bod language. You can tell he didn’t want to be there, in reality, he really didn’t. The only reason to why he was there was to “beg” for money because he wanted to keep his little room in that house. In order for him to keep his room, he had to find a way to get $15,000 dollars to pay for his rent or else his bitch landlord would kick him out at the end of the month. You can see that he was embarrassed to even stick his hand out as a way to “ask” or “beg” for money. Once someone walked by, he would turn his head the other way so that that person doesn’t see his face. Also when that person was going to give him some money, you can see that he maybe felt bad to take it or was embarrassed to accept the offer. He kept moving around, looking around, and figeting around. That showed signs of him being nervous. I’m assuming that he has never had to beg for money since he had a job before and after he retired, he had a pension to live off of. You can tell that he didn’t like doing that and he didn’t want to be there by his movements. There were a lot of close ups that emphasized Umberto’s facial expressions very well. The scene where Umberto was waiting for the train to approach so he can kill himself and Flake, there was a excellent close up shot of his face that showed how scared and worried he was. You can tell that he had a lot on his mind and he was still contemplating on if he should or shouldn’t kill himself and his beloved dog Flake. You can see that he was nervous because it shows him swallowing his saliva more than once and as the train got closer, you see him tugging onto Flake tighter as a sign of fear. You just can feel what he was going through, through this scene. I felt bad for him because i felt his pain. He was a stressed out, lonesome old man so i feel like that lead him to a suicidal state. But because he didn’t go through with it, i feel like he still had hope that he would survive even if it meant leaving that little room and going elsewhere. The sound of the music also lightens up after the train passes and he didn’t kill himself. Its kind of like when the sun comes out after a big rainstorm. After Umberto’s struggle to stay alive and well, he can finally venture off to somewhere happier and better for him and Flake. At the last scene, Umberto was playing with Flake and looked genuinely happy for once. Throughout this whole movie, he was struggling and worried about getting the funds to pay his rent but now, he doesn’t have to worry anymore. It showed how Umberto’s painful and stressful life went away and hes finally happy. Just like when a rainbow comes out after the rain!

“Umberto D”

Filed under: Uncategorized — irene wen at 10:57 am on Wednesday, October 20, 2010

This is my favoriteeeeeeeeeeee film thus far! This movie had a very sad theme to it.  The setting was very great depression-like. So seemed like a hard era.

It was hard not to feel bad for Umberto when he didn’t have enough money to keep his room in that apartment. He tried so hard to gather up money to keep his room.. he attempted to ask old friends but he never really asked directly. He even tried pretending to be a “bum” on the streets with his hand out but he was too afraid to do it himself so he had his dog Flake stand up holding Umberto’s hat in his mouth but no one stopped to put money in it.  Then he ran into an old friend and told him about how he needed money for his rent but his friend just brushed it off. That wasn’t the first person to brush him off, every familiar face he bumped into brushed him off. Even though he needed money desperately, he still had his dignity. That shows that he was still humbled and strong even though he did not have a lot of money. In most cases, people would do anything to get a little bit of money and let their pride and dignity go because they care more about getting the money, they don’t care how they’re going to get it. For example,  like that bum in the street yelling at people to give him money as they walked by. But Umberto was different. He relied on his pension to survive because he worked so many years for the government and he deserved it. He had morals and self respect. Even though his pension was not enough to cover his rent, he didn’t really blame anyone. Also, this movie showed how a lot of people relied on the government, just like how a lot of people today relies on this government for pensions, health care, etc.

The part where Umberto was searching for Flake because Flake ran away, I was afraid that he couldn’t find him. Umberto went to the dog pound in hopes to find Flake and after looking through cages and cages of lost dogs, he finally found him and i was sooooooo relieved!!!! Flake is such a cute and smart dog!!!! Also, the part when Umberto was going to the hospital and left Flake with Maria(or Marie? forgot her name.), the maid, was so sad. He also told one of the hospital worker who came to the apartment to get him, to play with and distract Flake because if Flake saw Umberto leave, he would be sad. That part was sad because it was kind of like when a mom takes her child to the first day of pre-school, the child will cry 100% of the time if they saw their mother leave but if they’re distracted by others or playing with something, they won’t cry as much. Yes, I know i’m comparing a dog and a owner with a mother and child but it makes sense.. no?

My favorite part of the movie was when Umberto tried to leave Flake and ran to hide in the bushes, Flake managed to find him back instantly! That was one of the HAPPY parts of the film. When Umberto i think attempted to kill himself with Flake in front of the train and Flake ran off, that was sad. Once Umberto realized what he did, he tried to get Flake to come back to him and Flake just kept running away. Flake probably felt betrayed and hurt that his owner tried to kill him when he thought his owner loved him so much. Eventually Flake went towards Umberto and they were happily together again. I LOVED THIS FILM!!!!!!

“Public Enemy”

Filed under: Uncategorized — irene wen at 1:17 pm on Wednesday, October 6, 2010

I actually enjoyed this film! This is a film about 2 brothers who had a hard time getting along. One was always troubled and one was smart. The troubled brother eventually became a gangster and the smart brother joined the army. They always fought about anything and everything. Their mother always works so hard to cook and clean for them. Yet they ruin almost every dinner by fighting. The tension between them doesn’t make their mother feel at ease. She always seems so worried about them, which i guess is normal for a mother. Not only do these sibling issues happen back then but they also happen quite often today. All the mother wants to do is have a happy family dinner with both her sons and that barely happens for her. I felt so bad for her. You can see how much her sons meant to her and how sad she was when they didn’t get along or had to ruin everything.

After the scene where the gangster brother got shot and stumbled to his death on the street while it was raining, i kind of felt bad for him. In general i don’t think anyone should die like that. And when the brother got the phone call saying that his brother is returning home, i knew it was too good to be true and that it was bad news. I felt bad when the mother got so happy thinking her son recovered and is going to be healthy and returning home. She got so excited that she ran upstairs to his room to do his bed and everything. Once the doorbell rang, his dead body wrapped up fell on the floor. That was scary and sad at the same time for me as a viewer. I can imagine how the mother felt. That is a mother’s worst nightmare, to have her son drop dead in front of her.

“M”

Filed under: Uncategorized — irene wen at 4:34 pm on Tuesday, October 5, 2010

I thought this movie was quite interesting. The movie started out with Elise’s mother waiting for her to come home from school but she never made it. That started the ring of missing little girls who were victims of a child rapist murderer. The murderer runs around town targeting little girls who looked like they were alone or seemed naive enough to follow him after he buys them candy or balloons. After a while, people knew of his pattern and started to realize he was the murderer. So he gets all paranoid that hes being followed because he doesn’t want to get arrested or have people know its him. So he runs inside this building and he is so scared to be found. A group of men, i think they were just people of the town. They looked inside the building, flipped it inside out and finally caught him!! Later on, they kind of had this town meeting where everyone was involved to decide what they were going to do with this child rapist murderer. The murderer’s facial expression and body language was so exaggerated. His eyes would open up so wide and he would shiver/shake while he was sweating and curled up into a ball because he doesn’t want to go to jail. He feels as if he didn’t commit a crime because he obviously has a mental illness that he can not get rid of nor help.

There was a pattern that was very obvious throughout the whole movie. When the whistling came on, it would hint to us that the murderer is going to commit yet another murder. The murderer was whistling when he was buying balloons for Elise from the blind man. Later on, the blind man heard that familiar whistle again and told one of the guys on the street to follow that man who was whistling. That was a great lead to find the murderer that committed this crime. And that solved this whole big M mystery.

Me, Myself and I….

Filed under: Uncategorized — irene wen at 3:37 pm on Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hello all~

My name is Irene and i am a media studies major. I like the public relations/communications side of it more so than the technical stuff. I’m looking forward to blogging about the history of cinema with the rest of you very soon!!

 

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