Analysis Of The Movie ' Sunset Boulevard ' Essay

2162 Words Nov 29th, 2016 9 Pages
We choose what we want to believe. There is no proof of what was before one’s life or what will happen after one’s death. It all comes down to faith when observing the inexplicable. There is no defined purpose; therefore, an individual creates their own life meaning. Sunset Boulevard (1950), directed by Billy Wilder, is a black and white film, where Norma Desmond, a famous actress of the silent film era, cannot come to terms with her career’s end. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), directed by Guillermo del Toro, centers around a depressive Spanish war, where a young girl, Ofelia, can figuratively escape the reality of it through her imagination. Jack Zipes argues that "Ofelia wills herself into this tale, and for all intents and purposes, it is she who appropriates the tale and creates it so that she can deal with forces . . . impinging on her life" (Orme). Absurdism is going to the illogical to make sense of reality. Both Norma Desmond and Ofelia enter in their own absurd world of fantasy in order to find meaning in a happier life as seen in the cinematography and Vidal’s and Joe’s opposition.
Cinematography comprises of many aspects like color, lighting, shot composition, aspect ratio and focus. Cinematography will be used in Pan’s Labyrinth and Sunset Boulevard to convey Ofelia’s and Norma’s meaning in their imagination. The Pan’s Labyrinth’s color palette was blue and grey with dark tones during Ofelia’s real world experiences, but when Ofelia went off into her fantasy world,…

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