18th August 2017

3.9 Film Analysis Assessment

Friday, 18 August 

Scene analysis: General Aung San is assassinated (19th July 1947) 

What is happening in this scene?

Rangoon 1947: General Aung Sang is holding a meeting, preparing for the upcoming election, 6 months in advance. they are attacked by several militants wearing red bandanas. Aung San is killed in the coup

What do you see? (visual techniques)

a close up of the back of the head of Aang San makes him looks vulnerable, he enters the room in preparation for discussing the future. the camera transitions to the militant rebels, as they approach the room where Aang Sang is discussing the future of Burma they fit on their red bandanas. from a shot inside the room we see the doors burst open, slow motion begins as the militants enter the room. As they burst in the camera shot switches to an over the shoulder shot from the perspective of one of the militants, we see the panic from the assembled people in the room. they are holding toasts, no doubt to the future of Burma as a democratic nation. As Aang San slowly turns to face the militants, everyone around him is panicking, but he remains calm. They approach him the camera zooms into a close-up shot as they do so he closes his eyes. the militant’s

camera shots, lighting, acting,

drives in a black car, the color of death, a color used in funerals. the car is taking the general to his death

seeing the back of the generals head from a high angle shows how vulnerable the general is.

the swagger of the militants shows their confidence

the first militant we see shiftily looks left and right

when the second militant arrives he comes from the darkness showing the sinister nature of these men.

when the three militants  approach the room they are still cloaked in darkness

as they enter the speed of the film slows down to a slow motion shot

as they enter the room the tribal spears representing the country behind the assembled men begin  to shake as if this shooting is shaking the country or if it can feel the beginning of a terrible time for this country

when they begin shooting the assembled men an over the shoulder shot shows us the experience as if we were there behind the shooters

shot of the middle militant looking down on the camera brandishing his gun with a look of menace

he keeps firing until his gun is out of bullets shooting the body of Aung San

general Aung San  wearing a simple uniform  compared to general Ni Win who wears a very elaborate uniform covered in medals, Ni Win is compensating for his lack of competency

 

What do you hear? (verbal techniques)

just before the militants enter the room, the music builds, like a clock ticking down, when they enter the music transitions to a pan flute

as the militant starts to walk toward the room ominous music starts to build.

Very brief hollow whistle sounds as a mid shot of the back of the generals head is shown

as the sad sounding pan flute sounds all other sounds cease

Consider how any of the details you have listed reflect Luc Besson’s auteur style. List the connections.

Wednesday 23 August

Second scene: Aung San’s political rally confronted.

What is happening in this scene?

The scene opens with a mid shot of the National League for Democracy’s party banner, colored red with white text. This is then swiftly removed as the military arrives and orders it to be taken down. The democratic party supporters are putting up portraits of Aung San Suu Kyi and preparing a microphone for her to give a speech. however just before she arrives a jeep pulls up and disbands the gathering even before it begins.

Visual techniques

close up shots of a portrait of Aung San and the party’s banner

perspective shots from that of the party supporters and as the military.

the supporters are holding up their hands in a gesture of surrender as the armed military arrives and threatens them.

the parts banner is then torn down indicating that this movement is over

the camera shows a close by her exiting the light of a soldiers face wearing mirrored glasses, reflecting the camera what he is seeing.

as Aung San approches the military

the camera switches to the approaching Aung San, she is approaching this now military gathering, this is represented by her exiting the lit up sunny and bright area and entering the shady darkened area when the military resides.

the military from a line ready to shoot, however, they are all looking at the ground, as if they are ashamed or unsure of what they are doing.

in contrast to the militants that killed General Aung San, these soldiers do not have hate written on their face, they almost have a grimace, showing us that they don’t have it in them to kill this defenseless woman

the camera shows us an over the shoulder shot of Aung San

Verbal techniques

drum beats sound as the portraits of Aung San are put up and the military arrives

the soldier’s dialogue is urgent and aggressive

the drum beats transition into a single background sound

a higher tone in the pan flute suggests a heavenly aspect to Aung Sang

however, along with the high tone pan flute, there is the constant lower tone drum beats reminding us as the viewers of the danger she is in and the military presence.

these drum beats transition into a pan-flute as she approaches the assembled soldiers

all dialogue is briefly cut out as she enters the military’s ranks

the sound almost completely disappear as the commander starts counting, a sucking sound is heard as the tension builds to a climax and completes, fully dissipating upon the release of tension

How does this relate to Luc Besson’s auteur style?

at the start of the scene, the dialogue is not translated, it is very brief and accompanied by sharp and fierce gestures, showing us that the visual techniques are more important than verbal.

as Aung San walks through the guards she is lit up with almost heavenly lighting, showing us as the viewer how the people of the nation will  remember this day, when Aung San Suu Kyi

 

3.9 Scene analysis who what when why

Luc Besson uses several different visual techniques such as color, lighting and camera shots and angles to show subtle indicators of future and current events as well as giving an insight into the mind of the characters. The first scene I will be analyzing is the assassination of General Aung San. In this scene, set on the 19th of July 1947 in Rangoon General Aung San, the leader of Burma is holding a meeting, in preparation for the upcoming election 6 months in advance. He arrives in a black car to the building where he is holding this meeting. He then greets and instigates the meeting. However, as this meeting is beginning, three militants in the building are in preparation to assassinate Aung San and his political party. Just as the meeting is concluding, as the party toasts to the future of Burma, three militants stormed the room killing Aung San and six of his cabinet ministers, before escaping without capture, never to be seen again.

Just after the commencing of the scene, a black car arrives to transport General Aung San to the Burmese Minister’s building, where he is later shot. Luc Besson uses the color black on this car to give the viewers a subtle insight into the future. A black vehicle is often used in a funeral possession to transport someone to their grave, the color of this car uses this idea to give an unsettling feeling around the scene.

Before he enters the vehicle General Aung San turns and waves to his daughter Aung San Suu Kyi, as he does this the camera switches to Aung San Suu Kyi’s perspective, slow motion is used, showing us that this is an important memory for Suu Kyi, the last memory of her father alive.

After arriving at the Minister’s building the camera follows Aung San as he approaches the room where the meeting is being held, he approaches followed by two guards just behind him. Luc Besson then shows us a close-up of the back of General Aung San’s head. Showing his vulnerability, This shot gives a less imposing view of the General, a shot from the perspective of the guards behind Aung San.

Luc Besson uses the idea of Auteur Style to convey ideas within the visual text “The Lady”. Auteur theory is the idea that visual techniques rather than verbal techniques carry out the message of the film. This is clearly shown in this scene, the assassination of Aung San mainly through lighting. As General Aung San’s meeting commences, the camera takes us to the first militant, appearing shady he looks right and left, he is showed in an another shot appearing from the darkness as he ascends he atairs

  • the darkness of the militants
  • lighting

TECHNIQUES:

drives in a black car, the color of death, a color used in funerals. the car is taking the general to his death

seeing the back of the generals head from a high angle shows how vulnerable the general is.

the swagger of the militants shows their confidence

the first militant we see shiftily looks left and right

when the second militant arrives he comes from the darkness showing the sinister nature of these men.

when the three militants  approach the room they are still cloaked in darkness

as they enter the speed of the film slows down to a slow motion shot

as they enter the room the tribal spears representing the country behind the assembled men begin  to shake as if this shooting is shaking the country or if it can feel the beginning of a terrible time for this country

when they begin shooting the assembled men an over the shoulder shot shows us the experience as if we were there behind the shooters

shot of the middle militant looking down on the camera brandishing his gun with a look of menace

he keeps firing until his gun is out of bullets shooting the body of Aung San

general Aung San wearing a simple uniform  compared to general Ni Win who wears a very elaborate uniform covered in medals, Ni Win is compensating for his lack of competency

 

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