Sam mendes

American Beauty (film)

  • School: Burnside
  • Course: English
* English stage and film director Sam Mendes won an Oscar for American Beauty and went on to direct successful films such as * Revolutionary Road (2008), Sky fall (2012) and Jarhead (2005). He is well known for his authentic and original way of directing which make his movies powerful and dramatic. They all have a deeper meaning which draws the audience in and helps them relate, sympathise or just purely feel unexpected emotions. I have decided to talk about the two films American Beauty and Jarhead, the reason for choosing these two films is because Mendes has made great use of techniques to highlight important events and ideas. I believe he is one of the best directors as he is very critical with what techniques and shots he chooses. * Sam Mendes lives by the quote “For me certain shots and techniques are key for scenes in a movie.” * In these two films, the two techniques he uses are voiceover and montage, these work extremely well to express the characters feelings to the audience. Instead of just using dialogue, Mendes gives us more insight into the journey of the characters life by using montage and voiceover. American Beauty is about a man Lester who re-engages in his life after quitting his job, he finally realises that family is the most important part of his life before he is murdered. In the final sequence of American Beauty, * Lester is mistakenly assumed to be a homosexual after Frank Fitts makes sexual advances towards him and is rejected. This leads to his death a few hours later. The aim of this sequence is to show that Lester has realised that he is actually happy and content with his life. He is * looking at a photo of his family and reflecting on his life when he gets shoot in the back of the head, although dying a happy man. One technique that has made both of these films so well-known is the use of voiceover. Voiceover is when you hear a character speaking over an action, although they are not actually speaking within the scene shown. In...
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