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film analysis of movie Juliet of the Spirits released in 1965. The film is a great work of mid-1900's and the lovers of film history enjoy not only its story but also the picturing and the sounds. The movie is about memories, and spirituality of a woman who is in her middle age. The landscape and light effects of the movie are such to support the vision of dreams. Besides the public liking and critiques, the movie holds some development and production-based standards and follows certain styles of movie making, shooting, lightening etc. Some of these are discussed here under separate headings.

Now vs. Then

The time has changed and so have the standards of movie making. The technology has tremendously evolved and it is not cartoons and animations alone that are produced in 3D but movies like Iron man also offer a reality like experience. However, discussing a movie that is older than almost half a century, it should be kept in mind that the technology was only limited and there were only a few studios. There were limitations of light as well as camera quality. Colors were new and so was the fast music. Thus much of traditional music was also produced in fast mode that was quite noisy. Hence, while discussing the movie, the technology available in 1965 should be remembered and the movie should not be compared to the current productions in absolute term but only in relative terms.

Construction - Deconstruction

The movies construct or deconstruct societies by presenting ideas that are productive or anti-productive. While it is complained that the movies are spreading wound culture, there are also some master pieces that communicate the intensity and power of human emotions and their desire to be aware of self. The movie Juliet of the Spirits revolves around life of a woman. It is not a thrilling experience and offers an insight to the life of woman. Colors, parties, tension, religion and spirituality are the pillars holding the movie. The movie production is carried in such a way that there is mixed use of indoor and outdoor scenes. Hallucinations are neither reality nor dreams. Thus it is very hard to come up with a movie that is very close to define what hallucinations are and how they can be described to those that have never hallucinated. The movie is not haunting yet a person understands the severity of condition of a person who may experience hallucination at any time of the day and even night. The combination of light, dark, sound and silence communicates meanings in every second of movie. Imagery is both appealing and romantic -- what truly depicts the life of a woman.

The movie discusses how Giulietta explores her subconscious. If it were about her actual life alone, the movie might have been produced simply by focusing on two Ds; dialogues and dresses. But there is much more in it. Giulietta is depressed and seeking independence through self-awareness. Motion, gestures, distances and buildings, everything has a meaning and everything narrates a different aspect of life of the characters.

Frame Design

Mise-en Scene is an important term in movie making. It is a cinematic process carried out on the set of movie unlike editing that is done afterwards. The meaning of Mise-en scene is putting in the scene. The movements in this aspect are adjusted by direction of actors, the camera placements and selecting the right lenses.

The frames in the movie determine the movement in the scenes. Movement is all about the quality of art work. Almost every character in the movie moves slowly but it is not them alone. The camera is also kept smooth in its movement. The movement of scenes is set in frames that contain many complex features and factors like camera, the visual conventions, animation, sound effects, and the camera angles (Kazel 2013). Each of these constitutes in making one frame. The movements are critical not in dancing scenes alone but they are also carefully 'designed' in ordinary scenes. In the movie, simple frames and one sided motion is used rather than showing too many multi-directional movements. In movie, the frames and movement of the scenes are normally from front to back and back to front. In the old movies, older than around 50 years, the movement
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used was mostly from front to back -- it was like entrance. The power of men is especially depicted in this manner i.e. they are shown to enter from front and to stay at a point. The freeze frame is also used in the trailer of the movie and other scenes. Also there is collection of flashing scenes used in this movie.

Camera Movement

A fast moving camera along the speedy cars in Fast and Furious is thrilling. However same technique can be used in romantic movies or drama films. In the movie Juliet of the Spirit, the camera movement is used in an effective manner. In most of the scenes, the camera is still and not moving. The fixed camera is the one that is stationary and is mounted at single spot. The camera does zoom, tilt, and moves forward and backward but it is mounted (Video maker 2013). The mobile camera can also move but it is also capable of moving around the set. It can move in circle, sweeping manner and front and back. The camera is set on a dolly with wheels so that it can be moved around. When Giulietta walks in the park, the camera moves with her but this camera movement seems to be human. The camera moves up and down as if a man is carrying it and it is not fixed to a dolly. However, this camera movement is original and the viewer is much more involved in the scenes once the camera moves along the characters.

It is not the mobility of camera alone that determines effectiveness of scenes. The tilt counts too. In movie Juliet of the Spirit, most of the scenes, the camera is upright and does not tilt. Distance between the characters matters too.

Slow Motion: The audience missed slow motion in the movie. It could have added in the fantasy experience of the movie. The camera has a set speed and moves with it in all the scenes. There are no ups and downs in the scenes overall. At few places, especially where the camera zooms out, a slow motion would have been more enjoyable. The slow motion is not mandatory but recommended in order to enhance the thinking of the audience and support it.

Camera Tilt: The camera tilt is effective in most of the thrilling scenes. But this is not always when the camera is titled. Since the movie lacks the camera tilting, it cannot be exactly said how it would have been better if the camera titling method was used. Yet it can be said that a tilt camera is specifically recommended when showing the lead character in isolation in different moods. In such scenes, camera tilts emphasize different views which the upright straight camera misses.

Blurring: Most of the scenes of the movie are sharp yet a few are blurring too. The blur scenes are of those when either a faraway item is shown or the heroine is hallucinating. However, not all the scenes of hallucination are blurring and some are dark too. The blurring exactly tells where the character is hallucinating and where not but the trick is not to explicitly tell when is the character daydreaming. It is nice to see the hallucinating scenes in clear shooting also so that the audience are tricked and provoked to guess whether the scene is reality or dream.

Cinematography and Light

The use of light in a scene adds clarity as well as beauty. The movie uses light in a combination. Normally the light is focused on the characters and the rest of rooms or halls are kept dark. Although it does not fascinate many, such a use is occasionally great. The movie uses this technique off and on mainly due to two reasons. In first case, the scenes of night are shown in such a way that light is shed on few items in the room and the rest is dark and in other cases, Giulietta is hallucinating. Such scenes are also recorded in selective light. It can be said that light or dark scenes relate to the time they are shot but dark is also associated with depression. Hence the movie Juliet of the Spirit nicely shows dark ships, lawn and rooms to convey the confusion in lives of characters. Most of the scenes are recorded in daylight or day time but the night scenes also use cinematography beautifully. There are multiple sources and techniques of light used in the movie. One of them is backlighting. One of the lights is behind the character or subject and it is directed towards the camera. In the bedroom scenes, most of the…

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