Wednesday, October 2, 2013

SECONDS (1966)

The scene i will be analyzing from this movie is the drug scene that the company uses to blackmail Arthur. The first thing you see is him getting very sweaty and passing out. There are multiple cuts as he passes out, all from different angles while skipping a few seconds of time. The different shots are about the same distance from his face however - a close up. He is then walking through a hallway with a tracking close up on his face. It quickly cuts to the shot of him sleeping and then back, to insinuate this is some sort of dream sequence. You see footage of a women lying in bed, screaming as he approaches. However all sounds are inaudible in this scene including the screams. The only sound is a very creepy, droning song. This really adds to the effect of a scary dream sequence. You can see the room he is walking through, which has a very unnatural curve to the floor, walls, and objects. Alice-in-Wonderland esque. The cuts are also chaotic. Switching from him near the woman screaming to the tracking shot to a shot of him entering the room where the woman is still sleeping in bed to an identical tracking shot except the lights around him are switched off etc etc.

I really liked this scene. The chaotic cuts and camera angles really emphasize the dreamy atmosphere of the event. This movie overall was very interesting. I enjoyed it, 4/5

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