On Film Romeo And Juliet (version of 1968)
—Analysis of How Light And Shadow To Perform Emotion And Create Atmosphere In The Film Student 林广雪 Student No. 2010300340088
Film Romeo and Juliet, version of 1968, was famous for its sophisticated production and special casting. However, compared with the black-white version of 1952, the director had better condition to create better visual effect in color version of 1968. Light and shadow was important element to complete that visual feast. Light is the foundation of film. Because of light, we can see a film at home or in a movie theatre. Excellent directors can use light to create a proper scene or effect to resonate audiences successfully. To be an indispensable element to film, light can present various effects flexibly and manage to deliver different information by creating different effect. In Romeo and Juliet, the version of 1968, light plays an important role to help this movie become a successful one. Director technically used sunshine, moonlight, flame, and shadow to create different emotion and atmosphere. However, it is hard to describe and analyze all of them here. I will analyze what effect light helps to create and how it manages to by quoting typical scenery from the film.
Firstly, the different presentations of light and shadow help to modeling figure’s image at film. For instance, when prince appeared and stopped the fight, his guards and he came from the shadow, fast and deterrent. The bright and gold sunshine shone on his face, which made his face became too gold to stare on. With the close-up shot, we feel like to look up to him and we saw a picture of hierarch. (from 6’25’’ of the film) Director successfully emphasized prince’s power and authority with the gold sunshine. Benvolio, who died in the fight with the Capulet, was telling his illusive story in the crowd. Bright and dancing flame of the torches burned before him. It’s a picture of magic and fantasy. We can feel the passion...
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