Art of Cinema
Before taking this course, I had yet to known how much thought directors and producers put in upon creating a movie. From the three different movies that we have seen so far in the class, I have chosen to write on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I watched this movie without knowledge of the storyline or any expectations. As we start to understand the movie, I came to think that the theme of the movie was “fate” that brings people back together as the heaven-destined them to. At the end of the movie though, I was stunned- not only by the surprising ending but also by the narrative design, mise-en-scene, and cinematography. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind creatively uses a non-traditional structure, colors and lighting contrasts as well as patterns to convey the emotion and the theme of the movie- fate, as a whole. Within the aspect of narrative design, the producers begin the movie in medias res, or by first putting the audiences into a series of actions that have already started. What is special about this particular movie is that the audiences do not know it starts in medias res until the end of the movie- even the characters. The movie begins with what we all thought was Joel and Clementine’s“first” meeting of Joel and Clementine. However, Joel and Clementine have actually met before and even loved each other, but because their memories have been erased, they do not remember just like the audience has no idea. It was not until the end of the movie, that Joel and Clementine realize that they have met before. As the story progresses, we finally create connections to the opening and learn that their meeting was not the first time. For me, the real beginning of the story, for me, was when Clementine decided to erase her memory since it causes a dramatic change in a couple’s relationship. Because the movie begins in medias res, the movie itself also has two beginnings. The fact that Joel and Clementine meet for...
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