The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

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In the movie, The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, the seven different genres of humanities each have their own role and are displayed throughout the film. Starting out with literature, it is displayed in a number of ways. The title of the film refers to the ways that Bauby describes himself and the situation he is in. With him being paralyzed, he feels as if he is trapped inside a diving bell with all the pressure from the ocean making it impossible for him to move or act for himself. The butterfly is describing his mind and how even though he is immobile, his mind is still as free as a butterfly. Another example of literature in the film is Bauby writing this book about his experiences, struggles and character throughout his paralysis. Bauby decides to write this book no matter what the struggle is about what happened and his new outlook on life. He was reading the Count of Monte Cristo and wanted to make a more modern version of the book, so he took his new life and what was happening and made many references to The Count of Monte Cristo in it.

In the genre of theatre and film, the director of this film did an extraordinary job of displaying what life was like for Bauby through his eyes and what he was feeling. Schnabel was able to mimic the blinking, the sewing of the eye shut, and life through one left eye very well. Also, the actors in this film do an extremely well job at making everything as realistic as possible by portraying everything that Bauby went through and how all the nurses and family were there and played a role while he spent the rest of his life in a hospital. They were able to put so much emotion into the film that it seems as if there were cameras filming his actual life, not actors reenacting it.

In the genre of architecture in this film, there are flashbacks of Bauby throughout France before his stroke. The director makes a point to show many of the main pieces in France, such as the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, etc, to remind us that...
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