Do you think this movie represents men in a way that is typical of Hollywood film?
25th Hour does not really change the way men are represented in the typical Hollywood films. In those films, men have to suppress their emotions and endure hardship without complaint. They ignore signs of illness and suffer silently. There is also a lot of aggressive competition between them. Men have to represents beauty, sexuality, class, and wealth in order to be successful. They also have to have a certain amount of dominance over woman. 25th Hour represents men as they were represented in “film noir”. In this type of film, men want to give protection to the women, there is an emotional attitude going on without showing directly their emotions, and they are trapped by a social situation. In 25th Hour, Monty does a lot of the narration and has a lot of flashbacks just like it will be in a “film noir”. We often go into his head, and we find out what he is thinking. Monty is trapped, and we can see it through the mise-en-scène where we see at the beginning Monty through bars. This obviously is a foreshadow of the fact that he will be trapped in jail later on. He also wants to give protection to the dog he finds and to Naturelle. Monty suppresses his feelings and endures everything without complaining. When he asks Frank to hit him, he does not show emotions and suffers silently. Even though he has to go in prison, he represents beauty, sexuality, class, and wealth, because women like him. Monty also shows that he has a kind of power over Naturelle, a sort of dominance, which makes the representation of men like the typical Hollywood films. There also is a lot of competition going on this film. For example, there is a scene where Jake and Frank are discussing about who is more successful. Frank is shot in a low shot, which make him look superior. He has money, class, and virility. On the other hand, Jake is shot in a low shot, which makes him inferior. He has money, but does not...
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