Analysis Of The Movie ' Lost Of The City ' Essay

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Reflection 1: Lost in the City

Artistic representations of life allow for a visceral expression of concepts that are commonly known. Anonymity is a feeling that most urban dwellers experience. This can be seen on any form of public transit where hundreds of people will be crammed into a train and yet there will be silence. As Tonkiss notes, this requires a sort of "special urban trick" that urban dwellers perform to keep their distance socially despite being in close physical proximity (2003, 301). The result of this trick, however, is anonymity where urban dweller appear to be indifferent to each other. In the film Lost in Translation, the concept of anonymity is brought to centre stage through the two main characters ' interaction with the urban environment. Bob, played by Bill Murray, is an example of Georg Simmel 's metropolitan type in that he is scheduled, part of the money economy, and most importantly has a blasé appearance. Conversely, Charlotte, played by Scarlett Johansson, is the opposite of the metropolitan type as she is irrational in her motives and actions when compared to Bob. The film Lost in Translation provides insight into the concept of anonymity through its main characters, Bob and Charlotte, which reflect central elements of early social urban theory. In this way, the visual representation of their theories provides a visceral attachment to the characters for the audience due to a shared experience of anonymity in real life.
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