Wednesday, 29 September 2010

First Film Post Of The 2nd Year: Post-Modernity vs Kill Bill

Okay, so after spending so much time last year writing up (what seemed like essay long) film reviews, detailing stuff that was of course relevent, but tim consuming I'm just going to keep these 'Short & Sweet' cutting straight to the chase.

During the theory lecture, we started to cover Post-Modernism, soon after learning what it 'may or may not have' been about, we were shown Kill Bill, in an attempt to relate and understand an aspect of the subject in film.

Quentin Tarantino uses a 'Mash Up' of different gere's, manipulating the boundries they lay in, and creates new foundations for them to co-exist. These are the 'splices' I have noted:

Intro: Black & White filter, with a high contrast bewteen the two, simmilar to westerns. This style can be also found in the shots, used, for example the close up of the walking footsteps, played to Nacy Sinatra's 'My Baby Shot Me Down', made in the 60's.

Begining: Based in a suburban town, used within in a simmilar context, such as 'Blue Velvet', where not all is quite what it seems, for example, the shoot of the two fighting, with the open window behind them, as a School bus parks up. This is futher shown as the child comes in, and they 'pretend' nothing happens.

Middle: After this, the scene is suddenly narrated by an Asian male, who helps the transition from the 'American Surbubia 'style, to a Japanese animation based around a character who past is explained to us via this technique. Through the events that play out in the stylised Animation, we slowly begin to 'splice' into more tradtional japanese environment, of both morals & beliefs, with shots that reflect a 'comic book/manga' style, through composition.

End: towards the end, there seems to be alot more reference to the eastern culture, with both the 'over-exxagerated' fight scenes. and the settting (such as the outside garden scene). There alos a nioce touch to the suit 'The Bride' is wearing, paying some homage to Bruce Lee, and other traditonal Kung Fu films.
All in all, both a fantasic film stylistically and theoritcally, merging the boundaries between a great mixture of classic elements from traditional genre's. :)

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