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ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Julie Taymore

In the film Across The Universe by Julie Taymore the director uses many visual techniques that revel the way in which the characters have changed thought out the duration of the film. The characters that have changed the most and who the war affected the most are Max (who fought on the front line) and Paco (who was a protester in NY).

When we are first introduced to Paco he is leading a peaceful protest, using his voice as a tool to convey his message. Though a short the war has changed him into a person who forces their beliefs on others though violence. The director uses Paco costume to tell us about his feelings. In the scene ‘Revelation’ Paco is wearing a Khaki Jacket. He looks like a solider. This is telling us that Paco is a more destructive person; we can see the violence in his in his clothes. He is portrayed as a solider like figure. The director also uses colour to show emotion and gives us an insight to the character. When Paco comes out of the room with the walls painted red portrays the idea of death, blood and destruction. This expresses the idea Paco wants peace though any means including violence. This shows some kind of desperation coming from Paco cause he wants the war to end.

In the scene ‘Revelation’ the director uses a lot of symbolism to convey ideas about Paco and how he has changed. The big fist on the wall signifies power and violence, and the fist holding a peace sign signifies getting peace though violence which is what Paco is thinking. The director also referees to Chairman Mao , we see a big picture of him hung up on the wall. This is telling us that Paco want s violent change. He also has this guy next to him that looks like a Black Panther member, seeing he is associating with people like that is telling us Paco is changed into a more radical person. Throughout a short time the war has changed how Paco thinks and acts the director shows us this this helps us understand Paco better...
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