How has the feature film you have studied captured and sustained the viewers interest?
Yes exactly and today in my seminar I will identify these key words to analyze and answer this question. In the film 'A Beautiful Mind', the director Ron Howard, along with writers, producers etc have used many techniques in order to capture the viewers interest and sustain it through out the film. I have identified the most important techniques used as:
-how the actors are presented through characterization
-various techniques of cinematography and special effects
-and the fast pace of the film to make it exiting for the audience
Most of us already knew that people suffering from schizophrenia do things a bit differently from the norm, but why? Surely we can't understand exactly what's going on in these peoples minds? For me however this all changed when I saw 'A Beautiful Mind', as I can now feel empathy for sufferers of this mental illness.
Characterization is an extremely important part of this film as each actor moulds into the character on screen. The main character John Nash is excellently played by Russell Crow and there is never any question of the authenticity of his character. Ron Howard does an amazing job of engaging his audience, as from the very beginning of the film we see that Nash is highly different from the other students attending Princeton University, as he sits by himself at the back of the class away from all the other students. Nash is eccentric and often rude (for example when he bluntly asks a girl to sleep with him, without showing her any respect whatsoever) , however we also see that he is highly intelligent -all these factors help the audience experience the reality of the mental illness he suffers from. We see that he is obsessed with his work which is clearly portrayed in the scene early in the film in Nash's room where he is frustrated at himself as he struggles to come up with a breakthrough theory. He says to Charles “I...
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