Eng 225 Final Paper

2274 words 10 pages
Film Critique
Eng – 225
Instructor – Alex Vuilleumier
November 25, 2012

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the movie called “Steel Magnolias” (1989) directed by Herbert Ross. Steel Magnolias has been one of my families favorite films for many years; however, my intentions are to carefully critique the movie based on storytelling, acting, cinematography, edit, sound, style, and finally my interpretation of the film from a critics point of view. Storytelling and review should start with the Goethe’s three questions then the truth test. “from late 18th/early 19th–century poet and playwright Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s autobiography that form the basis of virtually all critical reaction to theater, film, literature, or
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Filmmakers can control the sounds audiences hear while they’re watching the picture, using only natural sounds like dialogue and sound effects, using complementary sounds like background music or enhanced sound effects to intensify the moods, or using unrealistic sounds for dramatic or comic counterpoint to the image. Dialogue is usually recorded while a film is shot; however, most sounds heard in films are added later (often including dialogue) using post–dubbing processes like ADR and Foley recording. Sounds may be added and manipulated to suggest states of mind, to anticipate or recall other events of the story, or any other reason a filmmaker decides” (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2001). Low pitched sound is used throughout the film which emphasizes the dignity of solemnity in a scene. Background music is used to add emotion and rhythm to a film. Usually not meant to be noticeable, it provides a tone or an emotional attitude toward the story and the characters. In addition, background music often foreshadows a change in mood.

The Director is the driving creative force in a film's production. They act as the crucial link between the production, technical and creative teams. Directors are responsible for creatively translating the film's written script into actual images and sounds. On the screen, they must visualize and define the style and structure of the film, then act as both a storyteller and team leader to


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