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Movie Analysis
“Jose Rizal”
By: Marilou Diaz-Abaya

Submitted by:
Elvin James N. Plata
III-Grasslands

Submitted to:
Mrs. Yoly Alejandre

JOSE RIZAL

José Rizal is a movie of Tatay Jerico Romero 1998 Filipino biographical film of the Filipino national hero José Rizal directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya and starringCesar Montano as José Rizal.
At the time of its release, it was the most expensive film in the history of Filipino cinema with a budget of over PhP.80 million until it was beaten by Ang Sugo: The Last Messenger. The film was an official entry to the 1998 Metro Manila Film Festival. Upon release, the film met universal critical acclaim.

SETTINGS
Calamba, Laguna
Bagumbayan
Fort Santiago

CHARACTERS IN THE FILM OF JOSE RIZAL

1.) Cesar Montano-as Jose Rizal,he is the most important character of the story.The role he played is so touching for he offered his own life for us."liberty!"

2.) Joel Torre-as Simoun/Crisostomo Ibarra,he'sthe character in Rizal's novel.Through him Rizal showed the things that he think he have to do that is still undone.

3.) Gloria Diaz-as Toedora Alonzo,she is the very first teacher of Jose Rizal,at the same time she is the mother of the 9 kids(including jose rizal).Her role is to be the loving mother of Jose Rizal.

4.) Gardo Versoza-as Andres Bonifacio ,his role is to be the defender of Jose Rizal and he the one who lead the other members of KKK to fight against the spaniards and seek for revenge.

5.) Monique Wilson-as Maria Clara.She is the last girlfriend of Jose Rizal but they ended with a painful 'goodbye'.

6.) Jhong Hilario-the prisoner servant that used to be a friend of Jose Rizal while he is still on the jail guarded by the guardia civils.

7.) Dominic Guinto-he is the young Rizal; he is always bullied by his other classmates due to his height.

8.) Richard Quan-as Isagani, he is the savior of the 2 couple who had a marriage and received a gift from Simoun. He throwed the gift to the nearby river because he knew that it was going to explode.

9.) Dennis Marasigan-as Marcelo H. Del Pilar, he wanted to be the President of the La Liga Filipino even though the other members are against it.

PLOT
● Exposition
Imprisoned in Fort Santiago under the abusive Spanish colonization, José Rizal (Cesar Montano) was approached by a young uneducated indio asking the importance of education during his life. Meanwhile, in Balintawak, Andrés Bonifacio (Gardo Versoza) and his fellow secret organization of Katipunan, commenced the uprising against the tyranny created by the Spaniards by tearing their cedula as a sign of Spanish slavery.
Soon, a first lieutenant of the Artillery, Luis Taviel de Andrade (Jamie Fabregas), visited Rizal. Taviel de Andrade did not waste time to study carefully Rizal's case. In just a short period of time, Rizal and Taviel captured each other's sympathy and eventually became friends as they had usual meetings in Rizal's cell in Fort Santiago. Taviel was even able to celebrate Christmas with Rizal in the cell where they drank pan get and sang together.

● Point of View The film enlightens us regarding the life story of our national hero, Jose Rizal. It uncovers his life from his childhood until his execution at the hands of the Spanish colonizers, who occupied Philippines for 333 years. We are also thrown into the world of Rizal's novels, thus we get a peep of how he viewed the Filipino society under the Spanish regime. The movie gives us an idea about how Jose Rizal, which is just an ordinary citizen like us, helped our country acquire independence. It showed us how hard it was for them to gain the freedom that we are enjoying right now. That behind every free man at the moment is equivalent to a man that was maltreated by the Spaniards before. It was a very heroic thing to do, sacrificing your own life and not having the assurance if all your sacrifices will be worth it in the end. Based on the ending of the film, I can say that Rizal did it out of love- love for his family and countrymen and that he did not regret giving up things which was important to him in order to help our country.
● Initial Incident
Rizal had published books such as the Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, as his weapons against the dominions of Spain in our country. These novels became an inspiration over the “KATIPUNAN” or the “Sons of the People.”
● Rising Action
Andres Bonifacio condemns the friars and he said that the Spain is deaf and blind, they only make people become imbeciles and criminals. The only way for independence and freedom is through revolution. The Katipunans tear their ‘cedulas’ that symbolizes to end all of their ties with Spain and unity with revolution.
● Climax
On November 1896, Rizal has been brought to Fort Santiago in Manila, and he was being interrogated by a colonel of Spain. He refuse to admit that he knows anything about the revolution and the colonel accused him as a traitor, just like Fr. Burgos. Father Burgos has been sentenced to death together with other priests such as Father Gomez and Father Zamora (GOMBURZA). The death of Father Burgos was witnessed by Paciano. Paciano opened Rizal’s eyes to the injustices at that time.
● Falling Action
On the morning of the execution, his kin received a small alcohol stove (not a gas lamp as commonly portrayed) from his cell containing the last poem "Mi Ultimo Adios." Stopping at the place of execution facing the rising sun, Rizal asked the authorities for a last request as he faces the firing squad but the request is denied. Calm and without haste, he changed his request to save his head during execution and the captain agrees. At the moment the shooting squad points at his back, he readily uttered his final words: Consummatum est. (It is done.)
● Denouement After the execution, members of the Katipunan had ambushed a Spanish military company somewhere in Manila, completely catching the Spanish forces off guard and seized their mounts, munitions and their rifles. They had also captured a church and executed a friar in an act of vengeance for the execution of Rizal. Bonifacio and his top generals met in their headquarters to plan a new offensive seeking to capture 10 towns in a duration of 1 week from the Spanish. Rizal's picture can be seen at the background of his headquarters.

SUMMARY
The film started with a scene showing Rizal at Belgium writing a letter. The letter contains his thoughts that the Philippines has a serious illness and that it is plagued by the Spanish domination over our country. Crisostomo Ibarra was also introduced in the film, and it is Rizal’s alter ego. Ibarra had been forced to have two personalities because of the worsening problem in our country. He cursed the revolution and even the youth because they are asking for chains and not freedom with Spain. He said, “Mamamatay kayo bago pa man dumating ang inyong kamatayan.”
Rizal had published books such as the Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, as his weapons against the dominions of Spain in our country. These novels became an inspiration over the “KATIPUNAN” or the “Sons of the People.” Andres Bonifacio condemns the friars and he said that the Spain is deaf and blind, they only make people become imbeciles and criminals. The only way for independence and freedom is through revolution. The Katipunans tear their ‘cedulas’ that symbolizes to end all of their ties with Spain and unity with revolution.
The friars have discovered such revolution; they even interrogated Paciano (Rizal’s older brother) just to gain information about the uprising in the country. The male members of Rizal’s family left their home at Tondo, Manila because they were being hunted by Spanish forces. Meanwhile, Governor General Blanco was subject to the commands of Monsignor Nosaleda.
On November 1896, Rizal has been brought to Fort Santiago in Manila, and he was being interrogated by a colonel of Spain. He refuse to admit that he knows anything about the revolution and the colonel accused him as a traitor, just like Fr. Burgos. Father Burgos has been sentenced to death together with other priests such as Father Gomez and Father Zamora (GOMBURZA). The death of Father Burgos was witnessed by Paciano. Paciano opened Rizal’s eyes to the injustices at that time.
Rizal believed that education is important, but what matters most is how you have learned the things in your life. Rizal’s first teacher was his mother and she had inspired him to learn more. Soon, Rizal was sent to Ateneo Municipal in 1872 and University of Santo Thomas in 1878. Her mother taught him the story of the moth; and she told him not to be like the little moth who was fascinated with the fire and it had burned his wings and fall completely into death. Rizal not only wanted to learn everything, but he wanted to see everything. He became a physician, and he cured his mother’s eye illness. He became a novelist and wrote about the current status of the country. He became a good son and good brother in his family.
In the film, Rizal’s mother was accused of attempting to poison her sister-in-law and she was imprisoned for almost two years. This is a revenge of the friars to Rizal’s family and to protect Jose Rizal, Paciano advised him not to use ‘Mercado’ anymore, and only ‘Rizal.’
Rizal was exiled and Signor Luis Taviel de Andrade became his Defense Counsel (the brother of Jose Taviel, Rizal’s former bodyguard). Luis has unleashed the stories behind Rizal’s intent of writing the novels, his life, his relationships, his education, and his beliefs. Luis believed that as a writer, what Rizal did is not art, but propaganda. Rizal defended that what the Filipinos really wanted is recognition that Filipinos are equal with Spaniards and peaceful reforms through education and civic development.
Rizal went to Europe to study medicine and do whatever is necessary to help liberate the people, as requested by Paciano. He left Leonor (his cousin and his lover) and his family to help his fellow countrymen. Rizal did well in school of medicine and he was inspired by the uprisings in Spain. He talked some of his fellow Filipinos in Spain in how shall they help in changing the system in the Philippines.
Rizal’s novels stimulated uprisings in our country and some copies of it were burned by the friars. Innocent people were imprisoned by the government by illegally possessing the books of Rizal. ‘La Solidaridad’ was founded and writings about the system were once again published. Some misunderstanding happened between the members of the organization and Rizal went back to the Philippines to face the Spaniards. In Manila, Rizal founded the ‘La Liga Filipina’ in July 1892. It aims to fortify the foundations of man and his family, give importance to education and agriculture for the development of our country.
Rizal was exiled at Dapitan and there he met Josephine Bracken. Monsignor Nosaleda is not contended with the exile of Rizal and he wanted him dead. He asked Governor General Blanco to execute Rizal, but refuse to do so. A new governor general, Governor General Polavieja was sent by Spain to grant Monsignor Nosaleda’s wish.
The revolution sparked despite Rizal’s disapproval. For him, we are not yet ready and it is not the right time. Rizal however was charged with being the leader of the revolution and he was sentenced to death. Rizal was fired on December 30, 1896 at Bagumbayan, Manila. His family and the Filipino people mourned for his death. Filipinos joined the uprisings and with Rizal’s death, we have achieved independence on June 12, 1896. Rizal died with honor and dignity for his country and for his fellow countrymen. He had fought for our freedom till his last breath. He had fought for his principles no matter how hard it is.
THEME OF THE STORY Flashback. We can really see from its whole movie because the story started at the jail. This happened when his death was approaching. He talked to Atty. Jose Taviel de Andrade. He narrated his life from being a child until being a grown-up man. He also narrated his love for the country until to his death. The story primarily focuses on the life of Rizal as a good son, respectful and intelligent student and a true gentleman. It focuses also to his works in arts but not in every woman who got involved to him.Obviously, the role of the women before was they dont have major role in speaking but on the action that's very essential in delivering the message. Lastly, we can see here also the works of Jose Rizal such as the two novels mentioned above. Mr. Cesar Montano, the primary actor is a great actor. Even in speaking spanish and how to forge the handwritten of Jose Rizal and these help the movie to be effective. The supporting actors and actresses are also great in giving their roles,portraying it right and the message is effective.

TONE OR MOOD This movie is a 1998 Filipino biographical film of the Philippine national hero José Rizal directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya and starring Cesar Montano as José Rizal.

LESSON LEARNED
Jose Rizal teaches us more than just love for country and freedom. The movie Jose Rizal is a great interpretation of the Philippines's tragic history. I believe it got all it's facts right which would help a lot in studying this quarter's lesson. It also shows patriotism and heroism in a peaceful way. It also is an accurate and colourful biography of Jose Rizal's full life. However, there were a lot of points where it was very difficult to understand what Jose Rizal was saying because it was usually in Spanish, and although they were really speaking in Spanish, I could tell Cesar Montano was having difficulties in reciting his Spanish lines. It only shows how he lacked practice and coaching with these parts. It is also rather confusing to watch because there were too many flashbacks and you won't know if he was still in Spain or what. If you are a person who is easily confused, do not watch this movie because all you would do is gape at the screen and be befuddled by these flashbacks. Of course, if you can cope with the weird scene-cuttings, well, there isn't a problem with watching it at all. I would also encourage you to watch it again after the first time to understand it more clearly. I would not recommend this movie to students' grade 5 and below. Apparently, the movie has its own complexity and some scenes of violence. There are also some scenes wherein it's very inappropriate for young children such as the nude and bed scene in the first part. Although the scene shows how abusive the friars are with their power which would include raping Filipino women, the scenes are very disturbing, even for us. There is also some times wherein Jose Rizal has somewhat a mad glint in his eye as if he seemed frustrated which is quite disturbing to look at. It only shows the desperation of Jose Rizal through body language; however, this was excellently portrayed in some scenes. Although based on true fact, I believe that the fact that Jose Rizal did have a love affair with his cousin should not have been shown in the movie because it gives Jose Rizal a new and bad light after he kissed Leanor Rivera, his cousin. Maybe they could have showed that Jose Rizal did have a love affair with his cousin in a more custom way, but it should not have been portrayed in a sexual way. This would completely disgrace Filipino culture because our culture is very conservative, and kissing in a clinic is very far from what I would say conservativeness of the Filipinos. Other love affairs of Jose Rizal such as the one with Josephine Bracken publicly showed that they had a child together, but it died during birth. It was also mention several times that they had a child. This would not only disgrace the name of Jose Rizal but also the Filipino people. Although he wasn't exactly what you would call a teenager at that time, a pre-marital baby is not what you would be proud to this day, and I guess in those days, you would reach the point of being disowned by your own family. And even though we all know that Jose Rizal was really a womaniser, you wouldn't want to know that our national hero actually was a very kinky man after all. Overall, I half-enjoyed and was also half disturbed by the movie. This would certainly help in understanding the life of Rizal, but I really don't think it's appropriate for small kids.

THINGS I LIKE THE MOST IN THE MOVIE

The movie shows patriotism and heroism in a peaceful way
The movie was excellently portrayed in some scenes based on true fact.
The movie shows how Dr. Jose Rizal devoted his life for our country

THINGS I DISLIKE THE MOST IN THE MOVIE

The movie has its own complexity and some scenes of violence.
The movie was too very inappropriate for young children such as the nude and bed scene in the first part.
How the movie portrayed , When the friars used their powers to abuse Women’s Right and Spaniards Abuses the lower class Filipinos.

CONCLUSION

Dr.Jose Rizal, our National Hero was a noble person. The movie was saying what was the real meaning of "Patriotism" that was being instilled in every Filipino's mind. The movie focuses on the condition of the society and also to the government at the time of the Spanish Colonization. With the use of the novels, "Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo" written by himself the Filipinos have been awaken to the reality such as the abusive ways of the Spaniards towards the Filipino people. It really gave the picture of abusing and oppression of the Spanish Government and also the Friars. Because of that, Dr. Jose Rizal finally realized that writing was the best way on how to awake the hearts of these poor Filipino and that the start of the climax, the start of fighting.Rizal didn't really stay being blind,mute and deaf in fighting the condition of the Filipino. He also criticized the Friars in using the religion for abusing the people.The movie had successfully showed some of the characteristics of the Filipino like being brave and Patriotism especially at the time of Rizal. But lastly, the most important for him was to give his country the freedom and justice until the end of his life.

RECCOMENDATION
This movie is really recommended to all viewers because there are a lot of values that can we get from the movie even if it has violence. I would recommend this movie to people who would like to know more about the history of the Philippines. The movie is a perfect blend of the Philippine national hero's life and his two books, Noli Me Tangere and El Filibustrismo, and will leave you feeling this sense of pride in your country.

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