Looking for Alibrandi

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Looking for Alibrandi is a film that conveys the meaning of identity through the use of a variety of film techniques illustrated by the composers. The Outsiders, a novel by S.E. Hinton also has the meaning of identity hidden away somewhere between its pages, as does the poem The Road Not Taken but between its four stanzas. Poetic and language techniques give us a better idea of the meaning of identity. Identity, the word that describes who we are and how we see ourselves as a human being. A lot of things in this world contribute and influence our identity, like nationality, culture, family, peers and past experiences. Josephine Alibrandi, a seventeen year old Australian born Italian, is a girl who has many barriers in her current life. She does not know who her father is her nonna is nags on about everything in her life, she falls in love with the school captain of Cook Iyre and her best friend commits suicide. All these barriers are stopping her from finding her identity, but at the same time contributing to it. Josie goes to St Martha’s, a private catholic school that is “all about money, prestige and what your father does for a living.” She is of low social-economic background and is on a scholarship, which makes her an outcast along with her ‘wog’ background. She finds out she is a quarter Australia, and that her last name should not be Alibrandi but Sandford. She accepts this. Colour plays a symbolic role in this film. At the very start, the scenes are in a sepia hazy colour, which symbolises oldness, traditional and as soon as Josie steps into the frame, all the colours go back to normal, which is saying that Josie is a girl who doesn’t like the traditional ways and likes to live her own life. “This is Tomato Day, or as I like to refer to it, National Wog day.” This shows how much she appreciates her tradition, which is not a lot. Josie’s mama, nonna and herself is seen to be wearing red clothes, which is the traditional colour of Italy “You probably...
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