V For Vendetta – Key Scenes – Film – Int2

INTRODUCTION

Mention the name of the film,the director and the year it was released.
What is the film about?
What are the main themes?
What is your essay going to do?

YOU MUST REFER TO THE FILMIC TECHNIQUES!

How is the scene composed?
What is interesting about the way this scene is presented?
Why do you think it is presented this way?
How do we feel about V when we first see him?

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In this scene we are introduced to four representations of the people of London – who are they?

What visual clues help us to identify them?
Why has the director chosen each group?
Why are they presented like this?

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Dietrich is a minor character in the film but he is important – why?
What is interesting about the camera angle that reveals Dietrich is gay?
How does it make an audience feel when this angle is used?
What is the overall tone of this scene? Is there something in the scene that sums up this tone?
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What are the main colours in this scene?
Why have they been chosen?
How about the camera angles and lighting; in what way are they important in contributing to the tension of the scene?
What do you notice about the music through this scene?

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Valerie’s story packs an intense emotional punch. Comparing it to the previous scene, how is this impact achieved?
Clue: Think about lighting, music and camera movement.
As the scene progresses we feel the tension increase as tone changes – what are the indicators that things are getting worse ?

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In this scene Evey is released and she is ‘born again’ as a revolutionary.
Compare the beginning and ending of the scene to show how tension is a) built and b) released here.
On the rooftop we get a real sense of space and physical release – why do we feel that way?

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This is a montage based on Finch’s voice-over. How do the words and images connect?
Which images are the most powerful?
Does the use of real footage add anything to the scene?
Again, listen to the music – what happens at the end of the scene that creates a sense of foreboding?

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Again, we have a montage from Finch, but this time it plays chronologically, advancing the plot.
Why is it effective that the action itself has no soundtrack?
What is symbolic about the dominoes?

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Why does the scene start with a wide-angle long shot of the masked “V”s?
What is the effect of this shot cutting to a close-up of the soldiers?
What happens when the music reaches its first crescendo at 1:30?
Parliament Square is swamped with protestors – how do we know this?
What do we expect when we hear the 1812 Overture again?
How do we feel when Parliament is destroyed and all the protestors reveal themselves?

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CONCLUSION
Explain how the examples you have used contribute to answering the question.
Make note of any recurring ideas or motifs.

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