Comparing Gilda And Max 's A Room Surrounded By Large Bouquets Of Flowers

799 Words Oct 25th, 2015 4 Pages
Film is a unique artform in which meaning can be derived from not only the content, but also the form in which it is presented. It is often the case in which the plot, characters, and themes of a film work in harmony with formal elements such as the mis-en-scene or cinematography in order to create a piece with a greater sense of meaning which typically may not be obvious to a viewer who is not analyzing them in conjunction. One film that excellently portrays the relation between content and form in regards to overall meaning is Ernst Lubitsch’s Design for Living. In Design for Living, the scene in which Gilda and Max have a conversation after their wedding shows through its mis-en-scene how Gilda has only married Max to comply to societal expectations and helps convey the overarching theme that happiness can not be achieved by force.
In this particular scene, the set design depicts Gilda and Max in a room surrounded by large bouquets of flowers, which create an overwhelming and concealing atmosphere which foreshadows Gilda’s true feelings about her marriage to Max. It is revealed later in the film that Gilda and Max do not actually have a happy marriage, and in fact, Max is extremely oppressive towards Gilda, which is possibly being shown by the oppressive nature of the set design in this scene. The abundant flower arrangements, which in this context are typically used to signify an event to be celebrated, are instead being used to create the conflict within this scene.…

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