The Wind That Shakes the Barley

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Patrick Jannings Yr 12 KEYS HOUSE

English assignment 3A

Q.4 Visual texts are always intertextual. Discuss this notion referring to your viewing experiences this year.

Texts are never viewed in isolation as we always view it through the prism of our previous encounters. Producers of visual texts rely on the viewers experiences to consume themselves in the text. The famous writer Michel Foucault once said that “a text is caught up in a system of references to other books, other texts, other sentences: it is a node within a network” The concept of intertextuality has definitely been taken into account in the production of the films “the Wind that Shakes the Barley”.

In order to understand how the producer conveys his meaning and themes you must first fully understand the methods of construction and how these convey attitudes and values. In film a producer may use technical, symbolic, audio or written codes to convey his meaning of the text.

Lighting plays a major part in the film “The Wind...” The Irish weather has a slight affect as it is very soft, humid and cloudy. In various scenes in the film very foggy and rainy weather was evident. A very natural and soft light was seen throughout the movie as much of it was filmed outside where high tech lightening is not nessecerly a true representation of the films setting. The natural lighting was used to great effect using the particular instance of the scene where five or six members of the IRA are pictured walking slowly toward the camera out of the mist. The midst creates an eerie feeling in the air and this technique is used to great effect.

Shot types play an essential role in constructing the text. The techniques used stayed pretty much the same even on a large and more action driven story. It seems that there is a simple positioning of the camera that just seems to flow from scene to scene. Most of the shots are long shots. What I found particularly affective in the film was the odd shot on the...
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